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 →

20th

DePaul University

DePaul University

The USA's largest Catholic university, DePaul is known for its respected academics, real-world knowledge, multicultural campuses and social responsibility.

21st

UniversityofPortland

UniversityofPortland

University of Portland is a private Catholic college in Portland, OR. Ranked among the top master's universities nationwide, UP is home to apx. 3,800 students.

22nd

PacificUnionCollege

PacificUnionCollege

Pacific Union College is a private liberal arts college overlooking Napa Valley, California. Est. 1882. Go Pioneers!

23rd

Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

The official Twitter account for Texas A&M University. #TAMU #12thMan

23rd
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Washington College

Washington College

Washington College, a small liberal arts college on Maryland's Eastern Shore

23rd
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Sam Houston State

Sam Houston State

Since 1879, Sam Houston State University has been preparing students for meaningful lives of achievement. “The measure of a Life is its Service

23rd
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UNOH.edu

UNOH.edu

UNOH is a not-for-profit co-educational institution authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant master’s, baccalaureate, and associate degrees.

24th

CSU Monterey Bay

CSU Monterey Bay

The official Twitter account of California State University, Monterey Bay.

24th
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Adelphi University

Adelphi University

Private liberal arts college in Nassau County, Long Island.

25th

UNCW

UNCW

We are the Seahawks. Since 1947, the University of North Carolina Wilmington is the place to earn a top-notch education in an ideal location.

25th
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Pace University

Pace University

The official Pace University Twitter feed, where we keep you informed about all things happening on campus. Go Pace!

26th

Univ. of Delaware

Univ. of Delaware

The University of Delaware's official Twitter feed. Follow us for the latest news and events from #UDel. Go #BlueHens!

26th
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Emerson College

Emerson College

The official Twitter account of Emerson College in Boston, MA. Bringing Innovation to Communication and the Arts.

26th
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Bloomfield College

Bloomfield College

The Official Twitter Page of Bloomfield College. 467 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ. (800) 848-4555. (973) 748-9000.

26th
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U of Western Topeka

U of Western Topeka

Quack your way to success at the University of Western Topeka - the #3 ranked university in the nation! (with a duck mascot) Check us out: http://t.co/B1iERcNh

26th
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King's College

King's College

Your School. Your Life. King's is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross. Become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/kingscollegepa

26th
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Columbia College Chi

Columbia College Chi

Columbia College Chicago is a wildly diverse collective of the world's top artists & communicators who share a passion for creative work that shapes our times.

27th

UW-Madison

UW-Madison

The official account of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, tweeting about #highered, #socialmedia & the #Badgers. RTs, links do not constitute endorsement.

27th
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LSU

LSU

The official Twitter feed of Louisiana State University. Love purple. Live gold. #LPLG

27th
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BU COM Grad Services

BU COM Grad Services

MS & MFA's in Film, TV, Media Ventures, Journalism, Advertising, Mass Communication & PR. Our deadline is 2/1 for Fall admission. #liveit #Boston comgrad@bu.edu