Top 25 college newspapers on Twitter

For the last couple of months Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s Chris Snider has been tracking the Top 25 college newspapers on Facebook. As an online editor for a college newspaper, I really value the data he has collected and seeing how our Facebook page compares to other schools. But, it left me wondering how our Twitter account stacked up.

I found a couple of Twitter lists online with college newspapers and begin compiling the data. I was really surprised to see some college newspapers with more than 5,000 followers — especially considering only two of the Facebook pages are above this mark. I was also surprised that only 11 of the Top 25 on Facebook made the Top 25 on Twitter list.

I also found these numbers really encouraging considering that recent demographic analysis from Digital Surgeons shows that college age students are the third smallest group on Twitter.

The Top 25

RankSchoolNewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
1TexasDaily Texan@thedailytexan7,833
2Arizona StateState Press@statepress7,012
3ColoradoColorado Daily@coloradodaily6,703
4GeorgiaRed and Black@redandblack5,709
5MichiganMichigan Daily@michigandaily5,487
6North CarolinaDaily Tar Heel@dailytarheel4,883
7HarvardThe Crimson@thecrimson4,528
8MinnesotaMinnesota Daily@mndailynews4,320
9Penn StateDaily Collegian@dailycollegian4,291
10Michigan StateState News@thesnews3,495
11IndianaIndiana Daily Student@idsnews3,377
12IllinoisDaily Illini@thedailyillini3,187
13Ohio StateThe Lantern@thelantern3,024
14CornellCornell Daily Sun@cornellsun2,972
15Central MichiganCentral Michigan Life@cmlife2,852
16PurdueExponent@purdueexponent2,796
17WisconsinBadger Herald@badgerherald2,745
18PittsburghPitt News@thepittnews2,705
19Howard UniversityThe Hilltop@thehilltop2,636
20MissouriManeater@themaneater2,621
21WashingtonThe Daily@thedaily2,599
22OregonDaily Emerald@dailyemerald2,548
23KansasKansan@thekansan_news2,518
24USCDaily Trojan@dailytrojan2,478
25University of PennsylvaniaThe Daily Pennsylvanian@dailypenn2,475

All the schools

I tried to find as many schools as I could, but I’m sure that I missed some. Let me know if there are some other great college newspapers on Twitter. I’ve also compiled a Twitter list with all of the papers I’ve included in this list.

ACCNewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
Boston CollegeThe Heights@bcheights699
ClemsonThe Tiger@thetigernews254
DukeThe Chronicle@dukechronicle2,040
Florida StateFSView@fsview258
Georgia TechTechnique@the_nique805
MarylandThe Diamondback@thedbk1,458
Miami (FL)The Miami Hurricane@miamihurricane1,045
North CarolinaDaily Tar Heel@dailytarheel4,883
North Carolina StateTechnician@ncsutechnician860
VirginiaCollegiate Times@collegiatetimes883
Wake ForestOld Gold & Black  
    
Big 12NewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
BaylorThe Lariat@bulariat1,719
ColoradoColorado Daily@coloradodaily6,703
ColoradoCU Independent@cuindependent849
Iowa StateIowa State Daily@iowastatedaily1,907
KansasKansan@thekansan_news2,518
Kansas StateCollegian@ksu_collegian396
MissouriManeater@themaneater2,621
NebraskaDaily Nebraskan@dailyneb858
OklahomaOklahoma Daily@oudaily2,292
Oklahoma StateDaily O’Collegian@ocolly2,239
TexasDaily Texan@thedailytexan7,833
Texas A&MThe Batalion@thebattonline1,248
Texas TechDaily Toreador@dailytoreador702
    
Big EastNewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
CincinnatiThe News Record@newsrecord_UC760
ConnecticutThe Daily Campus@the_dailycampus118
LouisvilleCardinal@thecardinalnews377
PittsburghPitt News@thepittnews2,705
RutgersDaily Targum@daily_targum722
South FloridaThe Oracle@usforacle861
SyracuseDaily Orange@dailyorange1,682
West VirginiaDaily Athenaeum@dailyathenaeum2,032
    
Big TenNewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
IllinoisDaily Illini@thedailyillini3,187
IndianaIndiana Daily Student@idsnews3,377
IowaDaily Iowan@thedailyiowan1,756
MichiganMichigan Daily@michigandaily5,487
Michigan StateState News@thesnews3,495
MinnesotaMinnesota Daily@mndailynews4,320
NorthwesternDaily Northwestern@thedailynu2,059
Ohio StateThe Lantern@thelantern3,024
Penn StateDaily Collegian@dailycollegian4,291
PurdueExponent@purdueexponent2,796
WisconsinBadger Herald@badgerherald2,745
WisconsinDaily Cardinal@dailycardinal1,398
    
Pac 10NewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
ArizonaDaily Wildcat@dailywildcat1,633
Arizona StateState Press@statepress7,012
CaliforniaDaily Californian@dailycal2,432
OregonDaily Emerald@dailyemerald2,548
Oregon StateDaily Barometer@baronews197
StanfordStanford Daily@stanford_daily2,294
UCLADaily Bruin@dailybruin2,384
USCDaily Trojan@dailytrojan2,478
WashingtonThe Daily@thedaily2,599
Washington StateDaily Evergreen@dailyevergreen1,109
    
SECNewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
AlabamaCrimson White@thecrimsonwhite2,056
ArkansasArkansas Traveler@uatrav2,372
AuburnAuburn Plainsman@auburnplainsman1,607
FloridaFlorida Alligator@thealligator1,618
GeorgiaRed and Black@redandblack5,709
KentuckyKentucky Kernel@kykernel953
LSUDaily Reveille@lsureveille1,612
MississippiDaily Mississippian@dmeditor199
Mississippi StateThe Reflector@reflectoronline1,914
South CarolinaDaily Gamecock@thegamecock2,463
TennesseeDaily Beacon@dailybeacon299
VanderbiltVanderbilt Hustler@insidevandy800
    
OtherNewspaperTwitter handleFollowers
American UniversityThe Eagle@theeagleonline1,240
Arkansas StateThe Herald@ASUHerald275
Ball StateDaily News@dn_campus812
Boston UniversityThe Daily Free Press@dailyfreepress1,197
Bowdoin CollegeBowdoin Orient@bowdoinorient360
Brigham Young UniversityDaily Univerise@dailyuniverse717
Brown UniversityBrown Daily Herald@the_herald1,094
Butler UniversityButler Collegian@butlercollegian535
Cal Poly - San Luis ObispoMustang Daily@mustangdaily1,294
Cal State FullertonDaily Titan@daily_titan653
Carnegie MellonThe Tartan@thetartan356
Central MichiganCentral Michigan Life@cmlife2,852
College of William and MaryThe Flat Hat@theflathat431
Columbia UniversityColumbia Spectator@cu_spectator1,445
Connecticut CollegeThe College Voice@thecollegevoice347
CornellCornell Daily Sun@cornellsun2,972
DartmouthThe Dartmouth@thedartmouth1,360
Drake UniversityTimes-Delphic@timesdelphic504
Drexel UniversityThe Triangle@thetriangle673
Elon UniversityThe Pendulum@elonpendulum682
Emory UniversityEmory Wheel@emorywheel712
Florida Atlantic UniversityUniversity Press@upressonline340
George Washington UniversityGW Hatchet@gwhatchet2,371
Grambling State UniversityThe Gramblinite@thegramblinite743
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeGustavian Weekly@gustavianweekly429
Hamilton CollegeThe Spectator@HCSpectator229
HarvardThe Crimson@thecrimson4,528
Hillsdale CollegeHillsdale Collegian@hdalecollegian228
Howard UniversityThe Hilltop@thehilltop2,636
James Madison UniversityThe Breeze@thebreezejmu835
Keene State CollegeThe Equinox@theequinox282
Lehigh UniversityThe Brown and White@LUBrownWhite515
Lewis UniversityThe Flyer@lewisflyer353
Loyola UniversityLoyola Phoenix@loyolaphoenix620
Marquette UniversityMarquette Tribune@mutribune1,247
McMaster UniversityThe Silhouette@thesilhouette557
Miami (OH)The Miami Student@miamistudent1.709
Montclair State UniversityThe Motclarion@themontclarion101
Northern Illinois UniversityNorthern Star@niunorthernstar1,037
Notre DameThe Observer@ndsmcnews1,563
NYUWashington Square News@nyunews1,682
Ohio UniversityThe Post@thepost1.447
Pomona CollegeThe Student Life@tslnews275
Portland State UniversityThe Vanguard@psuvanguard760
PrincetonDaily Princetonian@princetonian825
Quinnipiac UniversityThe Quinnipiac Chronicle@quchronicle659
RiceThe Rice Thresher@thericethresher390
Rollins CollegeThe Sandspur@thesandspur128
Rowan UniversityThe Whit@thewhitonline332
Saint Louis UniversityThe University News@theunews336
San Diego State UniversityThe Daily Aztec@thedailyaztec1,131
San Francisco State UniversityGolden Gate [X}press@xpressnews632
San Joaquin Delta CollegeDelta Collegian@deltacollegian547
San Jose State UniversitySpartan Daily@spartandaily1,129
Seaton Hall UniversitySetonian@setonian462
Seattle UniversityThe spectator@SU_Spectator502
Simpson CollegeThe Simpsonian@the_simpsonian230
South Dakota State UniversityThe Collegian@sdsucollegian663
Southern Methodist UniversityThe Daily Campus@thedailycampus1,119
Suffolk UniversitySuffolk Journal@suffolkjournal726
Texas Christian UniversityDaily Skiff@tcudailyskiff1214
Towson UniversityThe Towerlight@thetowerlight1,117
Tufts UniversityThe Tufts Daily@tuftsdaily1,460
UC DavisThe California Aggie@californiaaggie2,135
University of Central FloridaCentral Florida Future@UCFnews919
University of DelawareThe Review@udreview597
University of HartfordThe Informer@uhainformer163
University of HoustonThe Daily Cougar@thedailycougar1,136
University of IllinoisThe Journal@uisjournal127
University of MassachusettsThe Daily Collegian@collegianstaff694
University of MemphisThe Daily Helmsman@dailyhelmsman1,426
University of Michigan - FlintThe Michigan Times@mtimes585
University of Nevada - Las VegasThe Rebel Yell@therebelyell856
University of North Carolina - CharlotteThe University Times@nineronline415
University of North FloridaSpinnaker@unfspinnaker513
University of PennsylvaniaThe Daily Pennsylvanian@dailypenn2,475
University of RichmondThe Collegian@URCollegian558
University of UtahDaily Utah Chronicle@thechrony1,075
University of Wisconsin - Eau ClaireThe Spectator@spectatornews497
Valdosta State UniversityThe Spectator@vuspectator235
Vassar CollegeThe Miscellany News@miscellanynews525
Vilanova UniversityThe Villanovan@thevillanovan428
Wartburg CollegeThe Trumpet@wartburgcircuit425
Washington UniversityStudent Life@studlife1,372
Wilkes UniversityBeacon@wilkesbeacon218
YaleYale Daily News@yaledailynews2,406
Youngstown State UniversityThe Jambar@theJambar404

– Data compiled Feb. 7.