20 Gorgeous College Campuses


Some college campuses are just more attractive than others. Here is a list of beautiful college campuses in the United States.

1. Pepperdine University (pepperdine.edu)

(c) Pepperdine University

Ample sunshine, great beaches and classic Californian architecture make Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus the most aesthetically pleasing campus in the United States. Dorms have ocean views and the celebrity sightings aren’t bad either.

2. Flagler College (flagler.edu)


(c) Flagler College

Flagler College’s campus in St. Augustine, Florida consists of 15 buildings and beautiful beaches that are just a stone’s throw away. Eight of the buildings are historical structures that have been restored by the college. These buildings, along with the campus’ magnificent centerpiece, the Ponce de Leon, make this school one of the most stunning in existence.

3. Princeton University (princeton.edu)


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Princeton University is known for its beautiful architecture. Some of the most famous college buildings are located on Princeton’s sprawling, old-world campus. Other special features include a man-made lake and the McCarter Theatre Center.

4. Sweet Briar College (sbc.edu)


(c) Sweet Briar College

Students love the Sweet Briar College campus because it provides something for everyone. The 3,250 acre campus, which is located on a former plantation in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has gorgeous dorms for the all-female student body and 21 historical buildings.

5. Rhodes College (rhodes.edu)


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Rhodes College boasts acres of woods and gothic stone architecture that is reminiscent of the UK’s Oxford campus. Thirteen of the college’s historic buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

6. Stanford University (standford.edu)


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Stanford not only has one of the largest campuses in the world, it also has one of the most aesthetically pleasing. The 8,180 acre campus is located between the scenic cities of San Francisco and San Jose. Distinctive features include Spanish-colonial style buildings and sprawling foothills.

7. Kenyon College (kenyon.edu)


(c) Kenyon College

‘Timeless beauty’ are two words that come to mind when you see Kenyon College. The campus is located in a wonderfully rustic setting. Gothic architecture and the oldest gothic revival building in the United States add to the school’s charm.

8. Loyola Marymount University (lmu.edu)


(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 and frequently appears on lists like this one. The contemporary campus is perched atop a 150 acre bluff and offers spectacular views of West Los Angeles.

9. Sewanee (sewanee.edu)


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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 campus and the surrounding area offer unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Gothic style buildings and a newly completed centerpiece chapel add to Sewanee’s appeal.

10. Scripps College (scripps.edu)


(c) Scripps College

The Scripps College campus is relatively small–only 30 acres–but it is absolutely gorgeous. Highlights include lush gardens, Mediterranean Revival Style architecture and beautiful walkways.

11. New College of Florida (ncf.edu)


(c) New College of Florida

The New College campus is located on 110 acres of land on Florida’s Sarasota Bay. The campus underwent a major renovation approximately ten years ago and now offers an interesting blend of grand scale historical and contemporary buildings.

12. Mount Holyoke College (mtholyoke.edu)


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The Mount Holyoke College campus is known for its ample natural beauty. The campus is green in the summertime and bursting with color in the fall. Ivy-colored buildings provide an incredible backdrop for students who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.

13. Agnes Scott College (agnesscott.edu)


(c) Agnes Scott College

Historical buildings and beautifully designed grounds make the Agnes Scott College campus stand out among other U.S. campuses. Students typically spend their time in the school’s gorgeous quad or in their visually pleasing dorm rooms.

14. Yale University (yale.edu)


(c) Michael Marsland / Yale University

‘Fancy’ is the word that instantly comes to mind the first time you see the Yale University Campus. Most of the buildings are gothic in style, though there are several modern iconic buildings on campus as well.

15. Swarthmore College (swarthmore.edu)


(c) Swarthmore College

The 357 acre Swarthmore College campus is another USA campus known for its beauty. Highlights include sprawling grounds, oak-lined walkways and a very well-kept arboretum.

16. Vanderbilt University (vanderbilt.edu)


(c) Vanderbilt University

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

17. University of Virginia (virginia.edu)


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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 Jeffersonian architecture and a lawn/rotunda combination that has been copied by other universities around the country.

18. College of the Atlantic (coa.edu)


(c) College of the Atlantic

Known in many circles as the ‘Greenest College in the World,’ the College of the Atlantic is a small school with a large draw. The campus is located on the beautiful and rocky coast of Mount Desert Island, Maine and offers all sorts of recreation opportunities for nature lovers.

19. Cornell University (cornell.edu)


(c) Lindsay France, University Photography

Cornell University’s main campus on East Hill is famous for its grandiosity and irregular layout. The grounds are peppered with eclectic architecture that is situated to provide fantastic views of the nearby town and Cayuga Lake.

20. Harvard University (harvard.edu)


(c) Harvard University

Harvard University’s ever-expanding campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts is notorious for its classic beauty. The well maintained grounds hold a number of historic buildings and landmarks.

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