Your College in a Word Releases College Students’ Most Searched Words Across the Country

OAKLAND, Calif., March 18, 2015 –, the leading online and mobile resource for everything word related, today released the most popular lookups at colleges across the country.

“While many searches from college students look at words you’d expect to see for homework or research, such as effect and affect, we saw vastly different searches from students once we drilled down on specific areas of the country,” said Michele Turner, CEO of “This shows that the issues affecting each campus are very different.”’s list of most searched words at colleges include:

• University of Alabama – maelstrom
• University of Arkansas – equivocation
• United States Military Academy – ethics
• Boise State University – cauliflower
• University of California, Los Angeles – egregious
• Duke University – deacons
• Harvard University – sustainability
• Howard University – impeccable
• University of Kentucky – academia
• University of Minnesota – elucidate
• University of New Mexico – suffrage
• New York University – courtesy
• University of North Dakota – cubism
• University of Northern Iowa – benefactor
• Northwestern University – widower
• University of Notre Dame – judeo-christian
• Ohio State University – bold
• University of South Carolina – sociopath
• Stanford University – blithe
• Texas Southern University – beneficiary
• Wichita State University – serendipity
• University of Wisconsin, Madison – evidence
• University of Wyoming – gag
• Villanova University – autonomy

Data for Your College in a Word was determined through zip code matches to search data in 2014. To inquire about the most frequently searched word at a specific university, contact To view an interactive map of College in a Word, visit: and to embed the map use this code: <iframe width=’100%’ height=’520′ frameborder=’0′ src=’; allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>.

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