The Most Beautiful College Campuses

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List Criteria: Vote up the campuses with the prettiest buildings and grounds. Institutions in the U.S. only

This list of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S. shows why the nicest college campuses are not just great places to earn a degree, but are also great to visit. It's true that beauty's in the eye of the beholder but these university campuses are undeniably gorgeous. The best college campuses earn their title due to a variety of factors, but the schools on this list have received recognition for being about the prettiest college campuses, from all across America.

From the stunning views to the surrounding beaches, these colleges are top on aesthetics and natural beauty. Many are located in some of the coolest college towns in America, too.

Vote for the college campuses that you think are the prettiest, vote down any that you don't like and feel free to add any stunning campuses that are missing. You can also re-rank this list of the most beautiful college campuses any way you want.


What makes a college campus great? Certainly, looks are really important. The top "dream" colleges like Stanford, Harvard and Yale are known for their stunningly beautiful, vast, green campuses. Universities take great pride in the way their campuses look - giving a strong first impression to potential new students and providing a lush, beautiful home for hard-working students during the year.


Want to check out some more great college lists? Check out these lists of colleges with the best on-campus housing and college sports programs.
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    St. Olaf College is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: Northfield, Minnesota, United States of America
    • School type: Private school
    • Colors: Black, Gold
    • Mascot: St. Olaf Lion
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    Dominican University is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: River Forest, Illinois, United States of America
    • School type: Private university, Private school
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    University of Washington is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • School type: Flagship university, Public university
    • Sports: Basketball, American football
    • Prominent Departments: User experience design, User interface design, Medicine, Engineering, Information design, + more
    • Colors: Purple, Gold
    • Mascot: University of Washington Harry the Husky, University of Washington Dubs
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    Pepperdine University is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: Malibu, California, United States of America
    • School type: Private school
    • Sports: Basketball
    • Colors: Orange, Blue
    • Mascot: Pepperdine University Willie the Wave
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    Cornell University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: Ithaca, New York, United States of America
    • School type: Private university, Land-grant university, Statutory college
    • Sports: Basketball
    • Prominent Departments: Anthropology, Political Science, English Literature, Economics, History
    • Colors: Carnelian, White
    • Mascot: Cornell University Big Red Bear
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    Princeton University is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: Princeton, New Jersey, United States of America
    • School type: Private university
    • Sports: Basketball, American football
    • Prominent Departments: Philosophy, Psychology, Art history, Political Science, Economics, + more
    • Colors: Princeton Orange, Black
    • Mascot: Princeton University Princeton Tigers
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    Macalester College is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
    • School type: Private school
    • Colors: Orange, Blue
    • Mascot: The Scots
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    Kenyon College is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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    • Location: Gambier, Ohio, United States of America
    • Sports: Swimming
    • Prominent Departments: History
    • Colors: White, Purple
    • Mascot: Lords (men's teams), Ladies (women's teams)
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