10 Most Beautiful College Campuses

  • Cornell University - Ithaca, NY
  • Yale University - New Haven, CT
  • University of Norte Dame - South Bend, IN
  • Furman University - Greenville, SC
  • Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA
  • University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
  • University of the South - Sewanee, TN
  • Princeton University - Princeton, NJ
  • University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  • Suzzallo Library

    University of Washington - Seattle, WA

    With snow-capped mountains in the background, Gothic architecture and a hip, urban setting, the University of Washington's Seattle campus is one of the most picturesque on the West Coast. Come spring time, dozens of Yoshino cherry trees in the quad paint the campus in pink.

    Photo courtesy of Wonderlane

  • Sage Hall

    Cornell University - Ithaca, NY

    Tucked away in the Finger Lakes region of New York sits Cornell University, one of the most beautiful and prestigious colleges in the United States. Natural beauty and historic architecture come together to create a campus that is at once peaceful, dignified and classic.

    Photo courtesy of Upsilon Andromedae

  • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    Yale University - New Haven, CT

    Yale University in New Haven has managed to hold on to its illustrious past – with historic buildings like the 18th century Connecticut Hall – while embracing a forward-thinking attitude to architecture, as is evident when you enter the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

    Photo courtesy of Lauren Manning

  • Administration Building

    University of Norte Dame - South Bend, IN

    The town of South Bend might not be much to write home about, but the campus of the 150-year-old University of Notre Dame is undeniably beautiful. From the neo-Gothic Basilica of the Sacred Heart to the gold-domed administration building, everything here seems steeped in history.

    Photo courtesy of Teemu008

  • Bell Tower

    Furman University - Greenville, SC

    The 750-acre wooded campus of Furman University in Greenville centers around a glassy lake and the iconic Bell Tower and is lined with lush Asian-inspired gardens and miles of walking paths. The diverse architecture ranges from the Buddhist-style Place of Peace Temple to classic Georgian structures.

    Photo courtesy of Matt Bateman

  • Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA

    Stanford University - Palo Alto, CA

    The campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto is dominated by red tile roofs and tree-lined drives, including the mile-long Palm Drive entryway. When the weather's nice, you can see all the way to San Francisco from the top of Stanford's Hoover Tower.

    Photo courtesy of raneko

  • Wilson Library

    University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC

    As you wander the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill campus, past Georgian buildings and through well-manicured quads, you might find it hard to believe that you're on the grounds of a public university. The neoclassical rotunda known as the Old Well has become a symbol of the campus.

    Photo courtesy of William Yeung

  • All Saint's Chapel

    University of the South - Sewanee, TN

    The Gothic-inspired architecture of the University of the South – particularly the All Saint's Chapel inspired by the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris – gets overshadowed by the stunning surroundings. The 13,000-acre campus, known as The Domain or The Mountain, enjoys an isolated location on the Cumberland Plateau, making it the perfect place for no-distractions learning.

    Photo courtesy of spakattacks

  • Princeton University - Princeton, NJ

    Princeton University - Princeton, NJ

    You can't have a list of beautiful college campuses without including Princeton University, with its iconic ivy-covered walls and gray stone Gothic structures. The grounds are crisscrossed with gardens, courtyards and well-tended footpaths, making it a pleasure to explore on foot.

    Photo courtesy of Quantockgoblin

  • University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

    University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA

    The campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville is so beautiful that it earned a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list – the only campus in the United States to do so. Red brick buildings accented by white columns line spacious, tree-lined lawns to create a space that is orderly without feeling stiff.

    Photo courtesy of Karen Blaha


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