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Most popular colleges on Facebook

Jenna Johnson

[All numbers updated, lots of schools added on May 28]

Time is running out for high school seniors to lock-in on a college. Yet another factor to consider: How many friends or fans does a college have on Facebook?

No one likes a Facebook loner.

Some perspective: Lady Gaga has a following of 6.6 million. Beer pong is liked by 950,350. Harvard, the birthplace of Facebook, has 33,986 fans. (So, Rice the university shouldn't feel bad that it's less popular than rice the food.)

So, here's the list with counts as of this weekend. Only official university pages and groups count -- no alumni, class of whatever, athletic, club or other groups. And no adding numbers from different groups together!

Please help me complete the list. Shoot me an e-mail and let me know what schools to add. And please let me know if I got a count completely wrong.

Texas A&M 176,961

Louisiana State University 169,857

The University of Texas at Austin 112,774

University of Michigan 113,010

Penn State 105,491

University of Oklahoma 85,180

University of Kansas 83,633

University of Missouri 79,983

Ohio State University 79,131

West Virginia University 64,028

Stanford 63,440

University of Kentucky 61,570

University of Florida 61,044

Indiana University 60,114

University of Tennessee, Knoxville 58,460

Michigan State 57,014

Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar 56,724

UCLA 50,571

Auburn 49,931

University of Central Florida 49,689

University of Miami 42,383

Harvard 40,437

Purdue 39,854

University of Alabama 37,344

University of Arizona 34,749

Virginia Tech 34,264

Virginia Commonwealth University 30,492

Texas Tech University 31,156

University of Washington 30,395

Baylor University 29,801

George Mason University 29,564

University of Wisconsin-Madison 28,727

Kansas State 28,697

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 28,651

UC-Berkeley 28,216

Duke 27,688

East Carolina University 26,937

University of Virginia 25,511

Clemson University 24,217

University of Georgia 24,159

Mississippi State University 24,059

University of South Florida 23,973

University of Illinois 23,742

Arizona State University 22,299

MIT 22,098

University of Maryland 21,693

Liberty University 20,158

Colorado State University 19,535

NYU 19,302

University of Notre Dame 19,034

University of South Carolina 18,456

Syracuse 17,722

UC-Davis 17,160

College of William & Mary 15,652

Princeton 15,518

Vanderbilt 15,514

University of Massachusetts Amherst 15,441

Western Kentucky University 14,934

Louisiana Tech University 14,611

University of Southern California 13,734

University of Southern Mississippi 13,755

Northwestern 13,513

James Madison University 13,496

Georgetown 13,470

Boston College 12,892

UC-Santa Barbara 12,719

Carnegie Mellon 12,441

Boston University 11,853

University of Louisiana, Lafayette 11,447

University of Chicago 11,291

Miami University in Ohio 11,175

University of Pennsylvania 11,499

Yale University 10,682

University of Arkansas 10,534

Old Dominion University 10,315

Brown 10,216

Utah State University 9,874

UC-Santa Cruz 9,607

Northern Illinois University 9,327

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 9,187

American 8,804

Johns Hopkins 8,683

George Washington University 8,537

Gonzaga University 8,237

Washington State University 8,175

UC-Irvine 8,016

Washington University in St. Louis 7,370

Columbia 7,212

Southeastern Louisiana University 6,913

SUNY Oswego 6,411

Bucknell University 6,261

Tufts 6,195

Colgate University 6,117

UC-Riverside 6,376

Emory 5,777

Dartmouth College 5,617

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 5,544

Rice 5,381

Kutztown University (Pennsylvania) 5,376

University of Idaho 5,203

Grambling State University 4,639

Fordham 4,617

Lamar University 4,584

Saginaw Valley State University 4,227

Northwestern State University 4,175

University of the Pacific 4,166

UC-San Diego 4,090

St. Mary's University 4,077

Roanoke College 3,755

University of Louisiana at Monroe 3,705

Brandeis 3,503

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 3,221

Nicholls State University 3,212

Hamilton College 3,089

McNeese State University 3,060

Buffalo State College 3,044

California Institute of Technology 2,888

Valparaiso University 2,814

South Plains College in Texas 2,063

Hendrix College in Arkansas 2,038

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By Jenna Johnson  |  May 1, 2010; 2:43 PM ET
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Why isn't Virginia Commonwealth University on here? We have more fans that George Mason University.

Posted by: luismartinez2008 | May 2, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

luismartinez2008, VCU is right there, in between Virginia Tech and George Mason/NSync...

Posted by: sarahee | May 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Is Texas A&M really a college? I thought it was a cult.

Posted by: postisarag | May 2, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure when these results were taken but the University of Kentucky has over 51,000 facebook fans and our basketball coach (John Calipari) has 144,000 FB fans. I would say you made a HUGE oversight in omitting this public flagship university for the entire state of Kentucky. Nice job.

Posted by: gwednesday | May 4, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I am bursting with school pride that my alma mater is almost as popular as "friends with benefits" and "IKEA meatballs."

Posted by: firebird32 | May 5, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Please add Bloomsburg University (Pennsylvania) 5,527 and still growing, featuring multiple daily updates and video

Posted by: jnorth1 | June 4, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Add Montclair State University - 3,955 :)

Posted by: msu2007 | June 11, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Northeastern University - 6800!

Posted by: mindymee | June 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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