Social media has brought an entirely new dimension to education. Colleges are using Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, YouTube, Pinterest and blogs to connect students with each other and with their schools in unprecedented ways. The social web has also created an amazing global quad for students to meet each other and learn about colleges near and far..

With nearly 700 campus bookstores nationwide, including Harvard, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M University, Vanderbilt University, and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, Barnes & Noble College is writing the book on igniting word of mouth on campus, especially in the social realm. (Click here to view a list of the hundreds of B&N Colleges and their social media channels.) In fact, no one believes in the power of social media as much as BN College and their campus partners -- that’s why they’ve created the Shorty Award #BNCollege.

The #BNCollege award will be presented to the Barnes & Noble College campus that most effectively uses social media to drive campus engagement with students, faculty and the entire campus community while, most importantly, celebrating the school’s authentic spirit and attitude. Accounts nominated in this category must be a B&N College partner.

If multiple accounts associated with one Barnes & Noble partner college make it to the top six by the end of the nomination period, the accounts will be combined as one consideration for the Academy and the next account with the most eligible tweet-nominations will also be sent to the Academy for evaluation, so that there are six distinct Barnes & Noble colleges being considered by the Academy.

BN College Shorty Award Leaders

See the winners of the 5th Annual Shorty Awards →

1st

Liberty University

Liberty University

Liberty University is the world’s largest Christian university. Nearly 100K students study on our residential campus or online.

2nd

WVU Mountaineers

WVU Mountaineers

The official account of West Virginia University. We open opportunities to scholars nationwide, improving lives across WV & the world.

3rd

University of MS

University of MS

Official Ole Miss-University of Mississippi news and information from University Communications. #hottytoddy #olemiss #rebels

4th

Indiana University

Indiana University

The official twitter feed from the Bloomington campus of Indiana University. Go Hoosiers!

5th

BU COM

BU COM

The official account of Boston University's College of Communication. For information on our graduate degree programs, follow @BUCOMGrad

6th

UniversityofHouston

UniversityofHouston

Official UH Twitter!Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston.

7th

USF NEWS

USF NEWS

The official account for the University of South Florida, one of America's top 50 elite research universities. #USF

8th

University at Albany

University at Albany

Official Twitter stream of the University at Albany ... THE WORLD WITHIN REACH! #PurpleFam

9th

NW Ark Comm College

NW Ark Comm College

2 yr college helping students maximize potential & exceed expectations. We encourage you to exchange info w others, build relationships & energize our community

10th

Temple University

Temple University

The official Twitter feed of Temple University. Your source for info, news, events and community from one of the nation's great urban universities. #TempleMade

11th

Kenn Elmore

Kenn Elmore

Kenn Elmore, Boston University's Dean of Students. Musing about life in and around BU

12th

VCU

VCU

Virginia Commonwealth University is a major urban research university with a leading medical center and top programs spanning the arts, sciences and humanities

13th

EKU Public Relations

EKU Public Relations

Follow news and developments from and about Eastern Kentucky University-- a service provided by EKU Public Relations.

14th

Texas Tech

Texas Tech

Raider Power! Official Twitter account of Texas Tech University. News, events and updates. Tweeting M-F. Join the #Raiderland conversation!

15th

SMU News

SMU News

News from Saint Martin's University

16th

Midwestern State

Midwestern State

The Official Twitter page of Midwestern State University. #MSUPride #SocialStampede

17th

Delta State

Delta State

Serving as the cultural and educational center of the Mississippi Delta. Anything you tweet our page may be used for marketing purposes.

18th

San Jacinto College

San Jacinto College

We serve more than 30,000 students in over 140 degrees and certificate programs.

19th

U of South Carolina

U of South Carolina

The flagship university of the state of South Carolina. Home of the South Carolina Gamecocks. #UofSC

20th

University of Tampa

University of Tampa

The University of Tampa is a medium-sized comprehensive, private university located in Tampa, Florida offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in many areas.