2018 America’s Most Beautiful Universities

Campus life is an important part of choosing a college. After all, it’s where you’ll be spending the better part of four years of your life.

While campus life is made up of a combination of factors like clubs and societies, the city the campus is located in, and residence life, the aesthetic appeal of the campus also plays an important role.

After all, what’s more inspiring than a beautiful environment when it’s time to hit the books?

Looking for a university with grounds as extensive as its library? Check out these four beautiful campuses.

1.   Elon University

Elon University is regularly named one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States for good reason. The university sits on grounds that double as a botanical garden, meaning the grounds are not only beautiful but functional.

This university, based in Elon, North Carolina is so photogenic that Hollywood has chosen the campus as the perfect setting for films. Remember “Tech University” from Spike Lee’s He Got Game? That was Elon.

2.   University of Virginia – Charlottesville

The University of Virginia’s main campus in Charlottesville is not only one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, but one of the most historic. The Rotunda, which was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome, was the brainchild of none of than Thomas Jefferson, one of the nation’s founding fathers.

Jefferson’s legacy can still be seen on campus today, and the Rotunda is so well loved that it is one of three U.S. structures deemed to be worthy of UNESCO status.

3.   Bryn Mawr

Looking for the Gothic-feel of one of Britain’s ancient universities at home in the United States? Look no further than Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The towers, gables, cloisters, and courtyards of this campus pioneered the Collegiate Gothic-style in the United States.

4.   Washington University

Washington University, in St. Louis, MO., is another beautiful example of the Collegiate Gothic style of architecture at work in the United States.

Yet, the campus is more than a collection of impressive buildings featuring beautiful stained glass. It’s also on St. Louis’s Forest Park, adding a natural element that softens the otherwise architecture dominated campus.

Demonstrating their commitment to the natural landscape, Washington University commissioned the design of its campus landscape by Olmsted, Olmsted, & Eliot, the geniuses behind Central Park in New York City.

The United States has no short supply of beautiful campuses. Is your school one of the most beautiful universities in America? Share your campus in the comments.

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