25 of the Most Beautiful College Campuses in the United States

Learning acquires a whole new level of inspiration when the surroundings are equally inspiring. In fact, Thomas Jefferson found student learning and the learning environment to be inseparable. College and university campuses that made our list resemble a park-like setting with stunning architectural styles and natural aesthetics. Photo: estervig/Fotolia


1.Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University


Pepperdine University originally opened in 1937 in the city of Los Angeles, but by 1972 the new campus in Malibu was opened and welcoming students. This campus is perfect for ocean lovers as it sits right next to the Pacific Ocean providing stunning views of the crashing waves. The 830-acre campus is reminiscent of a tropical paradise with touches of the Mediterranean thanks to their white stucco buildings adorned with red-tiled roofs. The campus was designed by Los Angeles based architect William Pereira and features lush greenery and is dotted with palm trees and other exotic plants providing a campus that is as much paradise as university.

24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA, Phone: 310-506-4000 Photo: estervig/Fotolia


2.Furman University

Furman University


Furman University had its first attendance by students in 1825, but ultimately moved its campus in 1958, and is now considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. The 750-acre campus is green with lush foliage and dotted with Georgian-style buildings throughout. The gardens themselves have an Asian quality to them, featuring a picturesque sparkling lake that surrounds the campus with impressive views of the iconic campus Bell Tower. For those who love to walk or run in the great outdoors, this campus offers several routes that will take them past gorgeous water fountains, canopies of trees, several gardens, and the Furman Farm.

3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC, Phone: 864-294-2000 Photo: Furman University


3.Princeton University

Princeton University


Princeton University sits on a 500-acre campus along the shores of Lake Carnegie in Central New Jersey. It’s one of the oldest university campuses in America and its oldest structure, built in 1754, is also its crown jewel – the distinguished Nassau Hall. Having been burned down twice, its latest iteration is in the Italian-Renaissance style. Other notable buildings on the Collegiate Gothic campus include the Princeton University Chapel – the world’s third-largest campus chapel – and Lewis Library, a modern Frank Gehry-designed building. Besides the stunning architecture on the Princeton campus, it is also praised for its meticulously landscaped grounds with acres of park-like green space, small garden spaces, and pedestrian-friendly walkways. Next read: Best Things to Do in Princeton

220 Nassau Hall, Princeton, NJ, Phone: 609-258-3000 Photo: glynspencer/Fotolia

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