Reddit has become a place where questions and queries of any kind can be answered, and while anyone from around the world can access the platform and join the discussion, the subjects covered by Reddit are infinite. For this reason, students from colleges across the world have begun to use the platform as a forum to ask questions of their peers. This could be for new students that are looking to enroll or even alumni who have already graduated.
With this in mind, thousands of threads are available to analyze, and thousands of comments within those threads. We decided to look at the subreddits of over 500 schools to discover which of them had the worst grammar and spelling mistakes.
Worst spelling colleges in the UK and US
Goldsmiths University in London takes the number one spot, a constituent college of the University of London specializing in the arts, design, humanities, and social sciences. This university has an average of 7.9 misspelled words in each comment. This college has a great reputation as an academic and research institution and has several world-renowned artists among its alumni.
The second spot is taken by Pace University with an average of 5.31 misspelled words in each comment. This private university has its main campus in New York City with secondary campuses in Westchester County, New York. While Pace University is not considered an Ivy League School, it is, however, a top-rated institution and is ranked 250 out of 4000 degree-granting institutions.
Taking the third spot is Central Michigan University, with 4.02 misspelled words in each comment. This public research university in Mount Pleasant, Michigan has over 25,000 students and over 2,000 employees. This college offers various programs from liberal arts foundations to health professions and engineering.
Another US college takes the next spot, the University of Minnesota Duluth with 4 misspelled words in each comment. This is part of the University of Minnesota system and offers 16 bachelor’s degrees in 88 majors, graduate programs in 25 different fields. This school is now placed in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.
In the fifth spot sits Digipen Institute of Technology with 3.89 misspelled words in each comment. This college is a private for-profit university in Richmond, Washington but also has campuses in Singapore and Bilbao, Spain.
Coming in at the bottom of the list for the best spelling is the University of Sussex in the UK, with only 1.89 misspelled words. This public research university is located in East Sussex and has recently climbed 9 places in the leading global rankings from 160th to 151st.
You can also see how Ivy League schools compare to our overall ranking here. While some good-natured fun over the worst spellers in the schools can be humorous, spelling errors in your transcriptions are no laughing matter.
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We scraped tens of thousands of comments in Reddit forums for each college and ran them through an API to determine the number of spelling mistakes per 100 words. This enabled us to place each college based on the percentage of misspellings and create an overall ranking for the worst spelling colleges.