If you're going to be spending four years or more at a college or university, you probably want to go somewhere that looks nice, somewhere you can learn in a pleasant, positive environment. Appealing surroudings can make even the most stressful study situation easily handled, and some of the best colleges and universities seemed to be considering just that fact when they began construction. Great academics, athletics and socialization opportunities are all extremely important when choosing a college or university, but having great surroundings doesn't hurt. With that in mind, here are some of the most beautiful campuses among United States colleges, as determined by students.
1. Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University features a beautiful 330-acre campus minutes away from downtown Nashville, Tennessee that contains a national arboretum. The Peabody section of the campus is considered a National Landmark. Vanderbilt has beautiful venues and sights all throughout campus as well, including the Blair School of Music's Ingram Hall, the campus statue of Commodore Vanderbilt, located at the front entrance, and the enormous, well stocked and very attractive Central Library.
2. University of Virginia
The highlight of the University of Virgina campus is "The Corner" on University Avenue. A large portion of students can be found at the corner at any given time, enjoying the cafes and restaurants, or browing the various shops and bookstores.
3. Bryn Mawr College
Famed landscapers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed this beautiful 135 acre campus on the outskirts of Philadelphia. The buildings and dormitories are similarly designed by historic architects to create one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.
4. University of Notre Dame
The enormous University of Notre Dame campus has two lakes and over 100 buildings. Many of the University's structures are thought of as national landmarks, including the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Golden Dome.
5. Colgate University
Colgate University is located in the picturesque village of Hamilton, a location whose history rests with old Native American tribes and is considered sacred by the Oneida to this day.
6 Stanford University
The beautiful, 8,100-acre Stanford campus is found between San Francisco and San Jose, stretching from the Santa Cruz mountains to urban Palo Alto.
7. Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College is well known for its beautiful campus with a variety of cultural and recreational options to delight both guests and students.
8. Clemson University
Clemson University was originallly a Fort Hill plantation home. It is a breathtaking campus, with an abundance of beautiful forest and farmlands surrouding the school.
9 Pensacola Christian College
Pensacola, located on a Florida Harbor and subject to the beautiful Floridian climate and water provides an ideal spot for this small and attractive Christian college.
10 Miami University
Miami University is located in the city of Coral Gables, which enjoys all the beauty of south Florida. From the water to the weather to the architecture, Miami is an extremely pleasant location to take in your studies.