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When it comes to getting a peek at the collegiate athlete experience, one of the easiest ways to do so is through social media. Sure, potential recruits should do their research, go on campus visits and make coach calls, but Twitter and Instagram can also be great tools for seeing what game day looks like on campus. And while almost every collegiate athletic department has social media accounts, some stand out more than others. It may not be the complete list, but if you’re looking for social media inspiration, we recommend checking out these accounts. (After first following NCSA’s accounts, of course.)
Duke has a storied athletics program that has notched 16 team national titles and 24 individual national titles, but that doesn’t mean they use their pedigree as a crutch on social media. Make sure to check out the fun stories on their Instagram account.
Offering more than just cool uniforms, the Oregon Ducks social media team goes the extra mile to put together exciting and occasionally hilarious video clips.
No, the University of Michigan’s social media accounts aren’t all Jim Harbaugh hot takes. They also have the jokes.
Ohio State Athletics
If we added Michigan to this list without including Ohio State, we’d never heard the end of it from Buckeye fans. Fortunately, Ohio State Athletics dishes out plenty of fresh content.
Hey, when you get the mayor of New York City to tweet at you, you must be doing something right.
Timely game day reminders, shout-outs to Sister Jean and spooky posts too? Sign us up!
The University of Texas is a big school with plenty of passionate fans, and it shows on their social media accounts.
Few schools run social media accounts that are as polished as the South Carolina Gamecocks. Check them out to see plenty of videos.
Where the Arkansas account really stands out is its amazing photography, whether it’s colorful snaps of campus or exciting stop-motion shots. Take a peek.
USC’s accounts have lots of vids, tons of updated content and several successful teams to cover. Plenty of school spirit to go around here.