Beginning March 20, Blue Ridge Outdoors’ Top Adventure College Tournament, sponsored by LOWA, asks readers to pick their favorites in a 32-school bracket brawl. The initial 32 colleges and universities were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs, and their local opportunities for adventure. Rally students, alumni, and supporters around your school. Vote 1 time per round, and voting for each round ends at 11:59PM. The school receiving the most votes advances to the next round.

Round of 32: March 20-27 | Round of 16: March 28 – April 3 | Round of 8: April 4 – April 10
Round of 4: April 11 – April 17 | Championship: April 18-24

Will your college take the tournament crown?
Click here to use this social media graphic to rally students, alumni, and supporters around your favorite school and get voting!

Select your favorite schools from each match up below and vote. Schools with the most votes at the end of each round move onto the next round. Participants will be entered to win One pair of Renegade GTX Mid-boots plus one pair of Merino-blend Renegade hiking socks (MSRP $287 per giveaway) from LOWA! Two winners will be chosen at random.


In 2021, multi-year winner Western Carolina University was inducted into our Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Adventure College “Hall of Fame,” and will forever be known as one of the best colleges for outdoor adventure and education in the Blue Ridge.

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