The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America 2020

The 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America 2020

What are the most beautiful college campuses? Well, there lots of beautiful institutions all over the world, and a whole bunch of them are located in the United States of America. Of course, not all of them are in California. In this article our experts have listed the most interesting colleges and universities and added a few interesting facts about them. Continue reading to choose the best one.

The List Most Beautiful College Campuses

The list of the most beautiful college campuses was created by our experts. Of course, it is quite subjective but guess no one will argue those campuses are great. There are no acting schools on the list, for example, but still those are traditional institutions we all know. Check it out below.

1. Amherst College, Massachusetts

Come to Amherst College during peak fall foliage and it'll feel like you've landed in a landscape painting - it's almost too vivid. Meanwhile, half of the 1000-acre campus is devoted to an actual wildlife sanctuary. The combination of maintained land and untamed wilderness is pivotal to all that deep reflection and navel-gazing college students are so good at.

2. Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia

Berry College in Mouth Berry, Georgia, is home to a campus with the nature-enthusiast in mind. The campus has 15 miles of horseback riding trails and a plethora of hiking and running paths. Students said the surrounding town is small but peaceful, and the campus offers several opportunities for people who enjoy being outside.

3. Bowdoin College in town of Brunswick, Maine

Maine is the home of Bowdoin College. Founded in 1794 Bowdoin is one of the best institutions in the area. Its mascot is a famous polar bear founded in honor of the first expedition to North Pole led by Robert Peary.

4. Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Bryan Mawr College is another private institution in the Seven Sisters Colleges. Located outside of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr has a historic campus known for its stone buildings, cherry blossoms, and Collegiate Gothic architecture.

5. Carroll College in Helena, Montana

If you like rock climbing, you should definitely check Carroll College founded in 1909 in Helena, Montana. There is a special boulder wall where you can practice and improve your skills.

6. Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia

Christopher Newport University is a public university in Newport News, Virginia. Students who participated in the various surveys said what makes the campus unique is its proximity to nearby beaches, Colonial Williamsburg, and amusement park Busch Gardens. Students also said the campus has a "Disney World feel".

7. Colgate University, Hamilton, New York

Colgate's upstate New York campus is perfect for leaf-peeping in the fall - its 575 acres of hills are dotted with 2,300 trees, including sugar maples. The school's oldest building, West Hall, dates back to 1827, and was crafted by both faculty and students from stone mined from the school's own quarry.

8. Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska

One of the most interesting scholarship programs is offered by Nebraska located Creighton University in Omaha. Founded in 1878 these days the institution offers a special scholarship for a student to become local mascot Billy Bluejay. An interesting offer to think about. And of course, you will study in one of the most beautiful campuses in the US.

9. Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

Built around a lovely five-acre plot of manicured grass known as the Green, two of the oldest surviving buildings on campus are Wentworth and Thornton Halls from the 1820s - a stark contrast to the campus's modernist Hopkins Center designed by Wallace Harrison, the architect behind New York's Lincoln Center and United Nations Building. The surrounding area is primed for hiking, biking, snowshoeing and skiing, so there's no bad time to pay a visit.

10. Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

Duke University is famous for its Collegiate Gothic architecture, with Duke Chapel as the campus's crowning glory. This landmark stands out with its 210-foot, four-spired tower. Students can take in North Carolina's natural beauty in the 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens with 5 miles of paths or in the 7000-acre Duke Forest, which is used for research and recreation.

11. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

DePauw University is all manicured walking paths between red-brick buildings, and East College, one of the oldest and most recognizable buildings on campus, is proudly listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Don't leave without a walk through DePauw's very own 520-acre nature park, home to nine trails and an abandoned limestone quarry.

12. Elon University in Elon, North Carolina

One of the 2020 reviews named Elon University the No. 1 most beautiful campus in America. The private university in Elon, North Carolina, has a campus that's a designated botanical garden. Students said the campus, filled with red-brick buildings and greenery at every corner, is "visually stunning".

13. Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida

In 1968, Flagler College moved into the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, a luxurious Spanish Renaissance building with Tiffany crystal chandeliers and stained-glass windows built around a central courtyard. The campus encapsulates and preserves Florida architecture and history.

14. Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida

Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, is the state's oldest private college. The campus is notable for being home to the world's largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Students in numerous surveys said the school's student-centered campus and location in up-and-coming Lakeland, close to Orlando and Tampa, make for a memorable experience.

15. Georgetown University in Washington, DC

This Washington, D.C., institution sits on a rise above the Potomac River, making for a gorgeous view. Within the campus itself are many impressive Collegiate Gothic and Georgian brick buildings, including Healy Hall, which is a National Historic Landmark.

16. Grinnell College in the town of Grinell, Iowa

Iowa is the home for another beautiful college campus of Grinnell. It is located right between Des Moines and Iowa City. For many years this institution is one of the best in the USA in general.

17. Harvard, Cambridge, Massachusetts

People criss-cross Harvard Yard - the university's beautiful historic quad - all day long, but it's the quieter nooks, archways, and quads that make this Ivy Leaguer stand out. Students dine in Annenberg Hall, loving on its Harry Potter-Great Hall look, and take their books to Dudley Garden, a little Eden between Wigglesworth Hall and Lamont Library. You feel privileged just to be able to watch the sunset over the Charles River.

18. High Point University in High Point, North Carolina

High Point University is a private university in High Point, North Carolina, near Greensboro and Winston-Salem. It also landed the No. 5 spot on the "Best College Dorms" ranking. Students mentioned that people often have picnics and relax in hammocks on campus - or spend time at the university's movie theater.

19. Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana

While it's certainly worth visiting the Art Deco and Art Nouveau buildings that cluster together in the center of campus, it's the time you spend outdoors that's the real draw here. Between the leafy school grounds and the surrounding town, there are nearly 1,200 miles of bike and running trails to take advantage of, plus the tranquil "Jordan River" (named after the college's first president) that runs through campus.

20. Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland

The famous Johns Hopkins University is located in Maryland and was established in 1876. Unofficially it is considered to be the lacrosse capital of the USA. Besides that, there is a museum of lacrosse and National Hall of Fame located right in the JHU campus.

21. Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas

Kansas is the state for university with a gorgeous building located in Manhattan. It was founded in 1863. The building looks like an old European house somewhere in England. Lots of people consider KSU Dairy Bar as the place where you can taste the best ice cream in the entire state.

22. Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Students in one of the 2019 surveys said Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has "a great compact campus that you can walk." The private university campus is known for its ornate buildings surrounded by trees, making for beautiful views in every season. 

23. Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

Named after the famous explorers, Lewis & Clark is surrounded by the kind of dense forests that the Pacific Northwest is famous for - the campus has more than 100 species of trees, including Douglas firs, redwoods, and yew. The heart of the place is the Frank Manor House, a private, Tudor-style mansion that Lewis & Clark bought in 1942 and built the rest of the campus - including a manmade waterfall and a reflection pool - around.

24. University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky

Old colonial buildings are always great for campuses and University of Louisville is not an exception. It was founded in 1798 and has lots of interesting facts in its history to be proud of. For example, in these walls the first successful hand and artificial heart transplant were held.

25. Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Louisiana is not just the land of amazing nature but also this gorgeous campus. It is a real face of Creole culture. It is the part of Louisiana State University located in Baton Rouge and founded in 1853.

26. Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California

Students at Loyola Marymount University, a private university in LA, can enjoy on-campus sand volleyball courts and areas for relaxing in hammocks. The university is also close to the beach, and with its location in Southern California, students often spend their days outside on and around campus. It's worth visiting just for the views of the Pacific Ocean, but Loyola Marymount's campus in Los Angeles's Del Rey Hills has lots more to offer.

27. University of Michigan in the city of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Originally founded in Chicago in 1817 University of Michigan was relocated to Ann Arbor 20 years later. It is one of the most popular universities in the country. The history and the list of alumni is more than impressive.

28. Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts

The scientists-educators call Mount Holyoke College a small, women's-only research college. Located in South Hadley, Massachusetts, it's the first member of the Seven Sisters Colleges. Mount Holyoke's 800-acre campus features a student-run organic garden, a botanical garden, nature trails, and lakes, which reflect the school's commitment to sustainability.

29. New Mexico State University with a main campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico

The beautiful architecture of New Mexico is perfectly represented in New Mexico State University campus. This institution was founded in 1888 in Las Cruces. What is another great thing about this institution? It has a unique Chile Pepper Institute. It is the place where green chile sauce is taken so much seriously that it became a whole science.

30. Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern's 240-acre campus sits right on the edge of Lake Michigan - giving it a leg up on every other college in the Midwest. There's yachting and kayaking in the summer and, come winter, the lake turns frosty and magical. There's plenty of historic buildings to check out, too: favorites include the Victorian Gothic-style University Hall and ivy-covered Charles Deering Library (pictured), modeled after Cambridge's King's College Chapel.

31. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

This beautiful campus is located in Notre Dame, Indiana and was founded in 1842. Its building is a great example of strong and great architecture. Its golden dome on the top on the top of the main building is covered with real gold leafs. Besides that the same gold is used to cover helmets of the local football team.

32. Pepperdine University in Malibu, California

College feels like a day at the beach at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. That's because the palm tree-lined campus is located next to the Pacific Coast Highway and the ocean. The school's Mediterranean Revival buildings also lend it a uniquely West Coast charm.

33. Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey

Another legendary institution on our list. Princeton is the home for one of the most famous universities on the planet. Founded in 1746 it is also one of the oldest in the US. There is no need to talk about all the benefits of this institution unless you do not know about its gorgeous architecture.

34. University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington

The University of Puget Sound is a private college in Tacoma, Washington. Located near popular outdoor spots like Olympic Peninsula and the Puget Sound waterfront, students at the University of Puget Sound say the school has a "beautiful campus" and "excellent academics".

35. Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee

At Rhodes, your dorm room could have stained glass windows. Built in the Collegiate Gothic style, almost every building is decorated with colored glass art and three types of stone (Arkansas sandstone walls, Vermont slate roofs, and decorative Indiana limestone), and each roof is at the same 52-degree slant. You feel like you could be at castle, rather than a college.

36. Rice University in Houston, Texas

Located in Houston, Texas, Rice University is a private research university. Its 300-acre campus is known for its stunning academic and administrative buildings, many of which have ornate archways. Students said the school's unique campus and proximity to Houston's museum district make it a special place to be. The small campus's Mediterranean Revival buildings like Lovett Hall are surrounded by thousands of trees. A popular saying goes that Rice has one tree for every undergraduate student.

37. University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia

The University of Richmond, a private university in Richmond, Virginia, has a traditional campus filled with Collegiate Gothic buildings and lots of greenery. Students said the campus is located close to downtown Richmond, which makes it easy to access boutiques, bars, festivals, and restaurants.

38. Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island

Rhode Island's Salve Regina University owns several stunning Gilded Age Newport mansions, including the neo-Gothic French Ochre Court and the mock-Elizabethan Wakehurst manor house.

39. University of San Diego in San Diego, California

The University of San Diego, a private university, has a pristine campus known for its palm tree-lined streets and ornate architecture. Students said the university is minutes away from the beach and city, and they love lying in the sun on campus.

40. Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada

Probably, the youngest institution on our list. Sierra Nevada College was founded in 1969 in Incline Village. This is the place where any person who loves nature will feel like at home. Absolutely amazing architecture mixes with the environment perfectly. Besides it is really near the one and only Lake Tahoe.

41. The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee

The University of the South, often called "Sewanee" for its location in Sewanee, Tennessee, is a private university known for its forested campus and beautiful stone buildings, including the All Saints Chapel. Students from one of the 2020 surveys said that making the most of the university's outdoor-friendly campus is necessary because the closest metropolitan area, Nashville, is about an hour away.

42. St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico

St. John's has dual campuses in Annapolis, Maryland, and Sante Fe, New Mexico, with the latter celebrating its surroundings through Southwestern-style architecture. Located at the foot of Monte Sol with a great view of the city, the campus encourages students to explore outdoors as it has hiking trails that lead into the surrounding Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

43. Stanford University, California

Although Stanford is within spitting distance of Silicon Valley, it doesn't look like a futuristic robot city. The college - established in 1885 - was hit hard by the epic 1906 earthquake and many of its Spanish colonial buildings were destroyed, but Stanford stayed loyal to its original design when rebuilding. The dramatic look of the grounds, with palm and Douglas fir trees opening up to vast lawns and flowerbeds, is not too different to how it looked in the 19th century.

44. Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Swarthmore’s campus is centered around the stately Parrish Hall, which was originally the school’s only building and housed everything from dormitories to classrooms to the library. An outdoor amphitheater, framed by tulip trees and white oaks, plays host to the commencement every year, and more and more buildings’ roofs are being transformed into gardens. All that oxygen’s good for the brain, after all.

45. Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana

Located in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane University's current location opened in 1894 and is located across the street from the beautiful, 350-acre Audubon Park. The campus itself has many large live oak trees and features architecture ranging from Richardsonian Romanesque to Italian Renaissance to Mid-Century Modern.

46. University of Chicago, Illinois

Seven miles south of the city's downtown Loop, the University of Chicago campus was designed to resemble Oxford University, though it's now home to one bold exception: the super-contemporary, 2011-designed Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, set underground and topped with an elliptical glass dome. Look out for the mammoth Henry Moore sculpture, Nuclear Energy, a few feet away, which sits on the site of the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

47. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is another private university in the South that has received high marks from the scholars. In fact, Vanderbilt ranks No. 1 on two other review lists for 2020, including "Best Quality of Life" and "Their Students Love These Colleges." Students said the campus is a cross between a "classic college campus" and a "big-city school".

48. Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri

Do you want to know what institution was the location for presidential and vice-presidential debates more than any other in the US? It is the famous WashU that was founded in 1853 in St. Louis. The very first television debate also was hosted here.

49. College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia

As the nation's second-oldest institution of higher education, the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, has a rich history, and its traditional architecture and campus reflects its legacy. The College of William & Mary was listed in several other review lists for 2020, and it ranked No. 2 on the "Lots of Race/Class Interaction" list.

50. Williams College in a city called Williamstown, Massachusetts

In 1793 Williamstown Williams College was founded. It is, probably, the best college in New England. Lots of its students became famous and successful in various fields of knowledge. For example, there are seven Pulitzer Prize winners and even a president. Yes, James Garfield is the alumni of this college.

Bottom Line

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