School/College The Most Beautiful College Campuses

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List Rules 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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University of Notre Dame


University of Notre Dame is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Notre Dame, Indiana, United States of America

School type: Private university, Mixed-sex education, Private school

Sports: Basketball, American football

Colors: Blue, Metallic Gold, Gold

Mascot: Notre Dame Leprechaun

Also Ranked

#7 on Universities With the Best College Sports Programs

#24 on America's Top 200 Colleges 2013 - Forbes List

#38 on Universities With The Dumbest College Mascots

#21 on The Top Dream Colleges

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Sewanee, The University of the... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Sewanee, Tennessee, United States of America

School type: Private university, Private school

Mascot: University of the South Tiger

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#91 on America's Top 200 Colleges 2013 - Forbes List

#32 on The Best Colleges for English Majors

#67 on Forbes' Best Colleges In America-2008

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Colgate University


Colgate University is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Hamilton, New York, United States of America

School type: Private university

Sports: Basketball, American football

Prominent Departments: Environmental economics, Mathematics, Physics, Biology Astronomy

Colors: White, Maroon

Mascot: Colgate University Raider

Also Ranked

#14 on The Most Expensive Colleges

#36 on America's Top 200 Colleges 2013 - Forbes List

#31 on U.S. Colleges Ranked: Top 100+ Elite Schools

#7 on 10 US Colleges With The Happiest Students

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University of Virginia


University of Virginia is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Charlottesville, Virginia, United States of America

School type: Public university

Sports: Basketball, American football

Colors: Orange, Blue

Mascot: University of Virginia Cavalier

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#7 on The Best Colleges for History

#18 on The Best Colleges for Economics

#60 on Universities With the Best College Sports Programs

#29 on America's Top 200 Colleges 2013 - Forbes List

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Northwestern University is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Evanston, Illinois, United States of America

School type: Private university

Sports: Basketball, American football

Prominent Departments: Anthropology, Economics, History

Colors: Purple

Mascot: Northwestern University Willie the Wildcat

Also Ranked

#17 on The Best Colleges for History

#5 on The Best Colleges for Economics

#16 on The Best Medical Schools in the US

#42 on American Film Schools

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Duke University


Duke University is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

School type: Private university

Sports: Basketball, American football

Prominent Departments: Anthropology, English Literature

Colors: White, Duke blue

Mascot: Duke University Blue Devils

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#27 on The Best Colleges for History

#15 on Universities With the Best College Sports Programs

#15 on America's Top 200 Colleges 2013 - Forbes List

#33 on The Best Colleges for Computer Engineering

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University of California, Sant... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

School type: Public university

Sports: Basketball

Prominent Departments: History

Colors: Blue, Gold

Mascot: University of California, Santa Barbara The Gaucho

Also Ranked

#35 on The Cheapest Colleges in California

#96 on America's Top 200 Colleges 2013 - Forbes List

#29 on The Best Colleges for Computer Engineering

#42 on Universities With The Dumbest College Mascots

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University of Richmond


University of Richmond is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Beautiful College Campuses
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Location: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

School type: Private school

Sports: Basketball, American football

Colors: Blue, Red

Mascot: University of Richmond WebstUR

Also Ranked

#88 on America's Top 200 Colleges 2013 - Forbes List

#65 on U.S. Colleges Ranked: Top 100+ Elite Schools

#35 on The Best Colleges for Accounting

#30 on The Best Colleges for Finance

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