This Year (2016) these 52 colleges were able to make it to the list of most beautiful college campuses in the US. Check our review of all these beautiful college campuses in america.
Education is the first and foremost factor to judge the quality any institution. However, there are few other minor factors that actually come into the mind of student while choosing the University of their Dreams. One among them is the beauty of the college campus. Of course it is a minor factor but still an important one. Here we have handpicked 50 most beautiful college campuses in America:
Most Beautiful College Campuses in America
50. Belmont University – Nashville, Tennessee
While Belmont University holds the title of being the largest Christian University in the state, it is also among the most beautiful colleges in America.
49. Fordham University – New York City, New York
Fordham University was established in 1841 and it was not much popular at the time. However as the years passed by the University became more and more popular due to its quality education and of course beautiful college campus.
48. Southern Methodist University – Dallas, Texas
The most popular attraction of Southern Methodist University is the Dallas Hall that was made in 1915. The university is ranked among the most beautiful college campuses from past 100 years.
47. Rollins College – Winter Park, Florida
Most will attribute the beauty of Rollins College to the Lake Virginia which is just few metres away. However Lake Virginia only adds up to the architectural beauty of the Rollins College. The European and Spanish style architecture surely makes your heart beat.
46. Salve Regina University – Newport, Rhode Island
Many universities tend to renovate and restructure their college campuses however Salve Regina University focused on its old buildings and they are still intact and beautiful.
45. Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, Okalhoma
It is not easy to be ranked among the best university in America as well as among the most beautiful college campus in University. Oklahoma State Unversity, however pull off both these awards magnificently.
44. Western State Colorado University – Gunnison, Colorado
What if you get a chance to study in one of the most picturesque area in the country – The Rocky Mountains? It will be an offer that you cannot refuse. Luckily Western State Colorado University makes this dream come true.
43. St. Olaf College – Northfield, Minnesota
Old is gold fits for the St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota). The college was established in 1874 and the main attraction of the college is Magnificent Old Main which was completed in 1877.
42. Grinnell College – Grinnell, Iowa
Grinnell College is known for its high quality education which includes moral duties. However there is one more reason to be attracted to this school and it is its 120 acre campus that adds up to its pride.
41. Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Harvard University is probably one of the most recognized universities in the world. It is among the oldest universities in the world and is also ranked among the most prestigious institution. Now of course to maintain its rank Harvard University does focus on its external beauty and we must admit that it is among the most beautiful universities in the world.
40. Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah
Even though there are no magical rides but the Brigham Young University is called as the DisneyLand of All Beautiful College Campuses. It is because of the lush greenery and the architectural beauty spread in the 560 acres wide area.
39. University of Louisville – Louisville, Kentucky
There are three campuses in the 640 acre area of University of Louisville – The belknap, the Shelby and the health science. Of these three the Belknap campus is most beautiful.
38. Bowdoin College – Brunswick, Maine
This Liberal Arts college of Maine is exceptionally beautiful and it was established in 1794. Bowdoin College has two museum of arts and its main attraction is the Hubbard Hall.
37. Middlebury College – Middlebury, Vermont
The Middlebury College provides environmental studies at the perfect place. On its east is the green mountains while on the west is the Adirondacks. The white chapel is the major attraction of Middlebury College.
36. University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
You have to praise the architect of University of Alabama who revived the war affected campus and made it look way more beautiful. The University of Alabama was founded in 1820and lost most of its buildings in 1865 Civil war. However the revival of the campus turned out to be magical and the new buildings stood out of the crowd.
35. Dartmouth College – Hanover, New Hampshire
When a President praises a college then you should understand that how magnificent and amazing that college might be. So was the case with Dartmouth College that was praised by none other than Former US President Dwight D Eisenhower.
34. University of Colorado–Boulder – Boulder, Colorado
Architect Charles Klauder deserves all the credit for what the university looks like today. Most of the universities in the world focus on gothic style buildings or Georgian architecture but Klauder exclusively used the local sandstone and limestone to give up a unique and distinct look.
33. University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
Unlike other Universities on the list, University of Cincinnati was recently furnished and expanded. The 453 acre wide campus was added by few more beautiful buildings in 1999 and its look was amazingly improved.
32. Rice University – Houston, Texas
Architect Lovett Hall made sure that the Rice University’s buildings match up to the natural beauty that it provides. The end result was amazing and we got to see a perfect combo of natural and architectural beauty in Rice University.
31. University of Mississippi – Oxford, Mississippi
The Oxford Affiliated University of Mississippi doesn’t miss a chance to impress its visitors and guests. It has old Greek style buildings that are evergreen and amazingly beautiful.
30. Colgate University – Hamilton Village, New York
When the Baptist Education Society founded the Colgate University in 1819, they had only one mission to provide class education along with religious studies in a natural environment. They made sure that Colgate University stays an ageless beauty. It indeed is an ageless beauty.
29. Lewis and Clark College – Portland, Oregon
The Location alone makes Lewis and Clark College a major attraction. The college is situated atop hill and the scenic beauty cannot be described in words.
28. Amherst College – Amherst, Massachusetts
Amherst motto is providing education in peaceful and relaxing nature. That is the reason why 500 acres of the 1000 acres college campus is dedicated to sanctuary, fields and gardens. Also its architecture is inspired from European architecture and many of its buildings are beautiful carved in the Greek style.
27. Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
The evergreen state college advocates organic farming and allows its student to plant and take care of botanic gardens. This is the reason why Evergreen State college is always green and beautiful.
26. Berry College – Mount Berry, Georgia
Do you know how large Berry College is? It is spread in an area of 27000 acres. This only gives me Goosebumps and to further know that the college provides horseback riding, hiking and cycling makes me envious of the enrolled students. Berry College wide area is full of greenery and beautiful gothic buildings.
25. Kenyon College – Gambier, Ohio
Ohio State has one of the most beautiful college campuses in America and it is Kenyon College. The original 1000 acre campus of Kenyon College was actually damaged in a fire accident in 1949. However architects were not only able to restore it but give it a more beautiful touch and making it amazingly beautiful.
24. University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin
There are many ways in which The University of Wisconsin attracts young students. Its not just the education part but also sports education that the university provide in its campus. Of course it is because of the lake Mendota and Lake Menona on which the university campus resides.
23. Furman University – Greenville, South Carolina
Its not just we who are calling Furman University one of the most beautiful college campus in the states but the university had the honour to be listed among most beautiful schools by many magazines. Its of course because of the picturesque view that the college provide as soon as you step inside.
22. Rhodes College – Memphis, Tennessee
The Rhodes College in Memphis is known for its exceptionally beautiful grounds. It was established in 1848 and set an example of architectural buildings. The College is also known for it amazing use of glass in its buildings.
21. The University of Hawai at Manoa – Honolulu, Hawai
For most of you who don’t know, yes there is a university at the Hawaiian island. It is near Waikiki beach and I guess I need not tell how beautiful this University is.
20. Washington University in St. Louis – St. Louis, Missouri
The urban campus of Washington University is spread in 2325 acres and comprises many beautiful buildings. It was the site of 1904 Olympics.
19. Emory University – Atlanta, Georgia
The Emory University is a unique university in many ways. It knows how to keep balance of art, education and adventure. It is known for its Michael C Carlos Museum which has some of the rare artefacts. Also the Lullwater Park is known for its adventurous environment.
18. Mount Holyoke College – South Hadley, Massachusetts
Waterfalls, lakes, Botanic gardens and Connecticut river are the major attractions of the Mount Holyoke College. The college is even ranked among the most beautiful universities in the world by Huffington Post.
17. The University of the South – Sewanee, Tennessee
The University of the South has 13000 acre campus and you can imagine how much beauty would be enclosed in the vast land. Probably this is why the University of the South is included in the list of most beautiful campuses very often.
16. Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut
Yale University is often ranked among the best schools in America and there is a reason behind it. The 837 acre campus of Yale University provides a variation in the architecture. Some buildings focus on the collegiate gothic architecture while very few on the Georgian style architecture. The interior of many buildings is in style of middle-ages.
15. Scripps College – Claremont, California
The all-women’s liberal art college provide a landscaping beauty that is unmatched and like breath of fresh air. You surely will love the European architecture inspired buildings in the college campus.
14. University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana
Affiliated by Roman Catholic Church the University of Notre Dame is an exceptionally beautiful university. It has college campus of 1250 acres and the major attraction is the statue of Virgin Mary. Other than that it is known for its greenery.
13. Vassar College – Poughkeepsie, New York
Vassar college balances the ecological and man-made beauty. It has 100 of buildings in its campus and one of the most beautiful wonder is the Thompson Memorial library.
12. Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
The major attraction of this school is its diversity in greenery. You will find various plants and trees in the 425 acre campus of Swarthmore college and they only add up to the architectural beauty of Swarthmore.
11. Princeton University – Princeton, New Jersey
The 500 acre campus of Princeton University has beautiful buildings and even more beautiful landscapes. Princeton University is one of the oldest University in the America and Nasssau hall of the university was built in 1754. It has a beautiful lake too.
10. University of Washington – Seattle, Washington
You cannot resist a beautiful college that not only provide architectural beauty but also natural beauty as well. The University of Washington is known for both due to its impressive buildings and due to the scenic view provided by Mount Olympic and Mount Rainier and Cascade range.
9. University of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
Founded in 1890, the University of Chicago achieved its beautiful title with time. University of Chicago has urban campus spread in 211 acres and is appreciated for its gothic structures and botanic gardens.
8. Duke University – Durham, North Carolina
Duke University is popular for its 210 foot Duke Chapel building but there are other major attractions too in the 8600 acre campus. Duke University has many star alumni’s. Thus you can say it is not just all beauty but brain too.
7. Furman University – Greenville, SC
The beautiful Campus of Furman University made many magazines to call it as the ‘Postcard beauty’. The college is spread across 750 acres ground and is known for its Georgian buildings.
6. Bryn Mawr College – Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted were appointed for designing the landscape of this beautiful Women’s Liberal Arts College. These two legends actually made one of the most beautiful College Campus in the world.
5. College of the Atlantic – Bar Harbor, Maine
Even though the college of Atlantic is a small college with just 364 student but it is still ranked as one of the most beautiful college in United states because of its scenic view and also because of the college’s approach to have eco-friendly education.
4. Stanford University – Palo Alto, California
There is hardly anyone on this globe that doesn’t know about Stanford University aka the most prestigious university in the world. Its 8180 acre campus is evenly distributed among beautiful buildings and parks. Even though Stanford University campus was badly affected by 1906 earthquake but the well planned renovation made the university even more beautiful.
3. University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Virginia
University of Virginia was founded by none other than President Thomas Jefferson himself and he surely knew that it would turn out to be one of the most beautiful university in the world. Who can forget the moment in 1976 when University of Virginia was called as the proudest achievement of American architecture in past 200 years (by AIA). The most attractive spot in UVA is the beautiful grounds and the jeffersonian architecture inspired buildings.
2. Florida Southern College – Lakeland, Florida
It was right decision by College President Dr. Ludd M Spivey to approach and assign Frank Lloyd Wright for the architecture of Florida Southern College in 1938. The world famous architect converted the campus in an architectural wonder and ever since it is topping the list of most beautiful spots in America.
1. University of San Diego – San Diego, California
Located in San Diego, California – the University of San Diego has a scenic view. It is affiliated by Roman Catholic Church and was founded in 1949. It has seven academic colleges and is spread to an area of 180 acres. Most beautiful spot in the 180 wide acre is the Alcala park which is facing towards the Pacific ocean.
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