We’re down to 8.
After last week’s launch of the Niche Madness College Tournament, your votes narrowed down Niche editors’ college picks from 16 to 8 (the winner will be determined on December 29).
From Monday at 12 p.m. EST to Sunday at midnight, the polls will be open. Vote below in the Niche Madness College Tournament bracket (then check out our City bracket).
Niche’s No. 1 Best Overall School faces off against liberal arts college Pomona in a war for America’s most populous state. With nearly 400 miles on I-5 between these two schools, which one will feel the Gold Rush of victory and head to round 3?
Battle of the Acronyms
Wildcats vs. Roll Tide
With founding years dating back to the 1800s, Northwestern and University of Alabama were initially established when both were just territories (Northwest and Alabama, respectively). Today, they’re known as Wildcat and Crimson Tide nations. Will Alabama roll over on NU, or will the Wildcats claw their way to the next round?
Battle in the Big Ten
The Big Ten conference is the pseudo Ivy League of sports. (Each Big Ten school has a Best Overall Niche grade of A or above.) Which Big Ten will be No. 1: Penn State Nittany Lions or University of Nebraska Cornhuskers?
Polls open Monday, December 8, at noon and close Sunday, December 14, at midnight.