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 →

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McDaniel College

McDaniel College

McDaniel College is a diverse student-centered community committed to excellence in the liberal arts & sciences and professional studies. McDaniel changes lives

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DePauw University

DePauw University

DePauw University provides exceptional college experiences defined by a rigorous liberal arts curriculum in an engaging & vibrant residential campus community.

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FIU

FIU

The official Twitter account for Florida International University. Join the conversation as we talk about all things FIU.

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George Mason Univ.

George Mason Univ.

Mason Nation Project—A new Patriot every week: Savannah Edwards (@ryleraider2010) is a junior government & international politics major. http://bit.ly/UyoqNm

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Florida Atlantic U

Florida Atlantic U

FAU measures greatness with every student who earns a degree, every researcher who makes a discovery and every community that is transformed.

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Drexel U. News

Drexel U. News

Official #Drexel University news source. Account managed by the Office of University Communications. More tweets at @DrexelUniv.

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Clemson University

Clemson University

Clemson University, South Carolina's top school and one of the nation's best public research universities, has a student-centered approach and spirit.

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RIT

RIT

The official twitter account of Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY campus. Follow @RITNEWS for important news updates. #RIT #RITNEWS

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College at Brockport

College at Brockport

News, Thoughts and Updates from The College at Brockport, State University of New York. We're on facebook too: www.facebook.com/thecollegeatbrockport

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Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College

Lees-McRae College educates and inspires students

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CCSU (Central)

CCSU (Central)

CCSU's Office of Marketing & Communications

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Stony Brook U.

Stony Brook U.

The official home of Stony Brook University on Twitter. This profile is maintained by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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Liberty News Network

Liberty News Network

Nationwide News Network of Grassfire Nation

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Rutgers-Newark

Rutgers-Newark

Nora Luongo is Rutgers University in Newark's official web designer and all around web 2.0 cheerleader. She is also a Rutgers-Newark MFA alumna.

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Robert Morris Univ.

Robert Morris Univ.

OFFICIAL account for Robert Morris University news and information. New location at Heinz 57 Center rmu.edu/downtown

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UCF

UCF

UCF is the nation's 2nd largest university with 59,300 students. For more about UCF visit: www.ucf.edu or www.today.ucf.edu

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Lua Blanco

Lua Blanco

Haja o que houver, não pare de cantar. - Billy Blanco

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OhioState

OhioState

The Ohio State University is home to dedicated faculty, passionate students, and innovative researchers who make it one of the world's truly great universities.