Don't duplicate links from the same page, i.e. put them in a cell and a menu. I suggest you go with the menu.
Make the text a little bigger.
Check out http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/ for college websites. It lists every college in the United States, with links to their websites for practically all of them (only a few don't). Check out some of them and see what you like. Try to base your design on a number of sites that work well for you, letting you find the information you want easily and attractively.