20 Gorgeous College Campuses

Apr 13, 2011

While many college campuses have a park-like atmosphere, taking full advantage of their natural surroundings, some are a bit more impressive than others. Here's a list of some of the most attractive college campuses in the U.S. If you're looking for a school with a campus that will take your breath away, keep reading!

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20 Gorgeous College Campuses

1. Pepperdine University


(c) Pepperdine University

Ample sunshine, great beaches and classic Californian architecture make Pepperdine University's Malibu campus one of the most aesthetically pleasing colleges in the United States. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, students have a view that can only serve as inspiration for learning.

2. Flagler College


(c) Flagler College

Flagler College's campus is located in historic St. Augustine, Florida, and it's just a stone's throw away from the Atlantic Ocean. Eight buildings on campus are historical structures that have been restored by the college. These buildings, along with the college's magnificent centerpiece, the Ponce de Leon, make for a stunning place to pursue a college degree.

3. Princeton University


(c) Mahlon Lovett

Princeton University is known for its beautiful architecture. Some of the world's most famous college buildings are located on Princeton's sprawling, old-world campus in central New Jersey. The lush, tree-lined campus has been maintained and improved upon with the help of the school's Office of Sustainability. The landscape program alone has resulted in over 2,000 trees being planted since 2007.

4. Sweet Briar College


(c) Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar College campus is a 3,250-acre campus located in Virginia, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sweet Briar has gorgeous dorms for the all-female student body, and 21 buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. There are also six nature preserves and two lakes for students to enjoy while they study.

5. Rhodes College


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Tennessee's Rhodes College boasts acres of woods and Gothic stone architecture that is reminiscent of the campus of England's Oxford University. Thirteen of the college's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

6. Stanford University


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Stanford has one of the largest campuses in the world, and some students and alumni also consider it one of the prettiest. The 8,180-acre campus, located between San Francisco and San Jose, includes Spanish-colonial style buildings and sprawling foothills. The Stanford grounds aren't just for students - anyone from the public can go on self-guided or student-led tours around the historic campus.

7. Kenyon College


(c) Kenyon College

This rural Ohio school is located in a wonderfully rustic setting and boasts a 480-acre nature preserve that includes wetland, prairie and woodland habitats. The buildings are a mix of modern and historical which only add to the natural beauty of the campus.

8. Loyola Marymount University


(c) Loyola Marymount University

Loyola Marymount's campus has a long-standing reputation as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. The contemporary campus is perched atop a 142-acre bluff and offers spectacular views of West Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.

9. Sewanee


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The University of the South, more commonly known as Sewanee, has a 10,000-acre campus that was made for students who love nature. The college is located on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee, and the surrounding area offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Gothic-style buildings and a recently completed centerpiece chapel add to Sewanee's appeal.

10. Scripps College


(c) Scripps College

The Scripps College campus is relatively small - only 30 acres - but it is absolutely gorgeous, and gives its students plenty of opportunities to enjoy the California sun. Highlights include lush gardens, Mediterranean Revival-style architecture and beautiful walkways.

11. New College of Florida


(c) New College of Florida

The New College campus is located on 110 acres of land on Florida's Sarasota Bay. The campus offers an interesting blend of grand-scale historical and contemporary buildings. New College of Florida prides itself on its environmental policies and activities, which include removing non-native plants from the campus and creating a community garden.

12. Mount Holyoke College


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The Mount Holyoke College campus is known for its ample natural beauty. The college, located in Massachusetts, is green in the summertime and bursting with color in the fall. Ivy-covered buildings provide an incredible backdrop for students who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors. Mount Holyoke also has an equestrian center for students who enjoy horseback riding.

13. Agnes Scott College


(c) Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College is a small, 100-acre campus located in Decatur, GA. Historical buildings and beautifully designed grounds make Georgia's Agnes Scott College campus stand out among other U.S. campuses. The award-winning Gothic and Victorian brick buildings make this campus one of the most beautiful in the country.

14. Yale University


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Yale is one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious educational institutions, and it has a suitably impressive campus. Most of the buildings are in the Gothic style, but the campus also hosts several well-known buildings, such as the Ingalls Rink, designed by Eero Saarinen. Located in Connecticut, the Yale campus benefits from the beauty of New England's colorful fall.

15. Swarthmore College


(c) Swarthmore College

The 425-acre campus of Swarthmore College, located just 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, can attribute much of its beauty to its hilly, tree-dense geography. Highlights include sprawling grounds, oak-lined walkways and a very well-kept arboretum.

16. Vanderbilt University


(c) Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University in Tennessee is a longtime favorite of outdoor enthusiasts. The fan-shaped, 330-acre campus has more than 300 species of trees and a lot of green space. In 1998, the Association for Botanical Gardens and Arboreta gave the campus a National Arboretum designation.

17. University of Virginia


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The University of Virginia, also known as Mr. Jefferson's University, is a national landmark that attracts both students and tourists. The campus features unique buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson himself and hosts a lawn/rotunda combination that has been copied by other universities around the country.

18. College of the Atlantic


(c) College of the Atlantic

The College of the Atlantic is located on the beautiful and rocky coast of Mount Desert Island, Maine. The college calls the ocean its front yard and Acadia National Park its backyard, thus affording students ample opportunities to use nature as a classroom.

19. Cornell University


(c) Lindsay France, University Photography

Cornell University's main campus is famous for its scenic grandiosity and irregular layout. The grounds are peppered with eclectic architecture, including a Gothic-style chapel and a museum building designed by I.M. Pei. Students, faculty and staff enjoy fantastic views of Cayuga Lake and the nearby town of Ithaca, NY.

20. Harvard University


(c) Harvard University

Harvard University's ever-expanding campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is renowned for its classic beauty. The well-maintained grounds include several gardens and also house famous buildings, including the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, designed by Le Corbusier. The Charles River flows through the campus, adding to its many natural attractions.

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