America’s Prettiest College Campuses
Cornell University: Ithaca, New York
A mix of historic and modern, the quad — overlooking the Cayuga Lake area and its many gorges — features a hall designed by Rem Koolhaas and an art museum by I.M. Pei, which acts like an outdoor movie screen on summer nights.
University of Washington: Seattle, Washington
Known as “U Dub,” this city school counts the majestic Mount Rainier as its backdrop. In the springtime, 30 Yoshino cherry blossoms decorate the campus in pink.
Bard College: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
This small liberal arts campus is famous for the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts — a modern spectacle of undulating glass and brushed steel.
Furman University: Greenville, South Carolina
This Southern school’s landmark Bell Tower overlooks the campus lake. There’s also a former Buddhist temple and a replica of Henry David Thoreau’s home.
Swarthmore College: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Well known for its Scott Arboretum outdoor amphitheater, this university with Quaker-inspired ethics emphasizes sustainability and has three green roofs on campus.
Florida Southern College: Lakeland, Florida
Here’s a great piece of trivia — this relatively unknown university has the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the country.
Yale University; New Haven, Connecticut
Frequently referred to as an outdoor museum, the campus is one of the best examples of American architecture over the last 100 years — from Georgian-style brick to buildings by Eero Saarinen to an upcoming project by Norman Foster (the guy behind Apple’s spaceship campus).
University of Virginia: Charlottesville, Virginia
This grandiose Jeffersonian village is the only college in the U.S. to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vanderbilt University: Nashville, Tennessee
For good luck, students are urged to kiss the statue of school founder Cornelius Vanderbilt their first night on campus.
Indiana University: Bloomington, Indiana
IU’s colorful flagship campus is planted with 80 varieties of trees.
Pepperdine University: Malibu, California
Sometimes referred to as heaven’s gate, this sprawling campus is perched on the bluffs high above California’s rugged coastline. It’s a wonder how anyone gets any work done here.