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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Univ of Maryland

Univ of Maryland

Three Nobel winners, four Fulbright scholars, seven Pulitzer recipients, and one really cute turtle. And, we're a bike ride away from our nation's capital!

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Longwood University

Longwood University

A state-assisted, co-educational university, Longwood offers over 100 undergraduate majors, minors and concentrations. Account managed by the Web Comm/PR Dept

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U. of New Hampshire

U. of New Hampshire

Official twitter feed of #UNH. A land, sea, and space-grant university where undergraduate and graduate students engage in daily discovery. Founded 1866.

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Indiana State U

Indiana State U

Indiana State University, combines a tradition of strong undergraduate and graduate education with a focus on community and public service.

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IIT

IIT

Illinois Institute of Technology is Chicago's premier engineering, science, and technology based university. http://www.iit.edu

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Hofstra University

Hofstra University

The official Hofstra University Twitter feed, maintained by the Office of University Relations. News, events and updates about Hofstra University

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Penn

Penn

Official Page for News, Events and Interesting Updates from the University of Pennsylvania. Account managed by University Communications.

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TAMU-Corpus Christi

TAMU-Corpus Christi

The official Twitter account for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. #TAMUCC

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Concordia U Chicago

Concordia U Chicago

A liberal arts university in the Lutheran tradition, a community of inspired faculty, staff, friends and 5,000+ doctoral, graduate and undergrad students.

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Nova Southeastern

Nova Southeastern

Nova Southeastern University is a dynamic, highly personalized university in suburban Fort Lauderdale with over 28,000 students and international presence.

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Coll. of Charleston

Coll. of Charleston

Old. Bold. And manifold. A top-notch university in a coastal city without peer. Who needs ivy when you've got Spanish moss? And we've got plenty of it.

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Tarleton State Univ.

Tarleton State Univ.

Tarleton State University, established 1899. A member of The Texas A&M University System. The official Twitter account of Tarleton!

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Wright State Univ.

Wright State Univ.

*Official Page* Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, is a public university with high research activity. Nearly 18,000 students call themselves Raiders.

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Fisher News

Fisher News

St. John Fisher College

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IUPUI

IUPUI

IUPUI is a leading urban research university located in Indianapolis, IN where students earn degrees from either Indiana University or Purdue University.

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Northeastern News

Northeastern News

The official Twitter feed of Northeastern University. Check out our social media dashboard at http://www.northeastern.edu/social-media/

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Temple U NY Alumni

Temple U NY Alumni

Temple University Alumni Club of Metropolitan New York. Join us! More than 18,000 Owls live in the New York City metropolitan region.

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Johnnie Moore

Johnnie Moore

Vice President at Liberty University @LibertyU. @ThomasNelson author of #DIRTYGOD. Husband to @andreamoore87 || Tweets = personal opinion. http://t.co/heyVBQ81

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Morgan Carlton

Morgan Carlton

God is my only constant