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Beautiful campuses in great locations

bdudebdude Posts: 115Registered User Junior Member
Ok guys. I know many of you have had the opportunity to actually go on college visits (I can't as I'm an international students) so I might need your help here. I need colleges that have a beautiful campus (preferably close to lakes, with good recreational facilities and spacious dorms) and are also located in a 'quintessential college town' - a town that does offer off-campus activities, internship opportunities and is not too small. Big cities are acceptable but not if the campus is smack-dab in a rough part of the city. Small towns are acceptable if they are not too far from a big city. Mid-sized to large towns are preferable e.g. Madison.

P.S. I know the topic of beautiful campuses has been covered before but I'm not sure if the actual setting of the college was factored in.
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Replies to: Beautiful campuses in great locations

  • BaddyCaddy09BaddyCaddy09 Posts: 314Registered User Member
    Stanford and Georgetown are beautiful. Notre Dame is as well.
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,563Registered User Senior Member
    Princeton University
    Sweet Briar College
    Colgate University
    Wagner College
    Mount Holyoke College
    Scripps College
    University of Notre Dame
    University of Richmond
    University of San Diego
    College of The Holy Cross
    Elon University
    Wellesley College
    University Of California - Santa Cruz
    Pepperdine University
    Bennington College
    Loyola Marymount University
    Warren Wilson College
    College of the Atlantic
    Samford University
    Sewanee-University of the south
  • bdudebdude Posts: 115Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks pierre for posting PR's list of the most beautiful campuses. :) It's a shame 4 out of the 20 are all-women colleges. Colgate is too isolated for my liking, Wagner doesn't appeal to me, Princeton is too high a reach for me. I could easily go on for the remaining 13 colleges, but the fact of the matter is I've ruled out all of those colleges on the list. Only Holy Cross remains as a possibility.
  • MomofWildChildMomofWildChild Posts: 16,910Registered User Senior Member
    I happen to love the Stanford campus, but some on this forum do not. If isolated is out, that probably leaves out Sewanee. Indiana University has a gorgeous campus. So does Vanderbilt.
  • BobbyCTBobbyCT Posts: 1,125Registered User Senior Member
    I would repeat the suggestion of the University of Richmond, a beautiful campus on a lake located not far from downtown Richmond. I would also add Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. It is probably the most beautiful campus I have ever visited and, like Richmond, has its own lake and amazing new dorms. Greenville is a very cool city. Both schools are outstanding LAC's.
  • early_collegeearly_college Posts: 2,846Registered User Senior Member
    Flagler College in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida. The campus is drop dead gorgeous and it use to be a hotel. It has way more girls than guys, so that's a plus.
  • hope4freeridehope4freeride Posts: 504Registered User Member
    Vanderbilt has a gorgeous campus, the city is very safe,friendly and not too big, there is Percy Priest lake nearby as well as the Radnor Lake state park which has wonderful hiking trails only 10 minutes from the campus.
    Wake Forest is also beautiful in a college town but I am not aware of any lakes in that area.
  • Here_to_HelpHere_to_Help Posts: 734Registered User Member
    Throw W&M in there too - located one one of the oldest man made lakes with square miles of preserved history next door. Cool architecture too!
  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi Posts: 8,798Registered User Senior Member
    The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Wonderful campus and town.
  • LuckyMeLuckyMe Posts: 137Registered User Junior Member
    Tulane University in New Orleans - Great school located in one of the most unique and interesting cities in the U.S.
  • early_collegeearly_college Posts: 2,846Registered User Senior Member
    I forgot Pepperdine, another beautiful school.
  • noimaginationnoimagination Posts: 7,016Registered User Senior Member
    The University of Washington - Seattle. An amazing campus in a vibrant city.
  • BalletGirlBalletGirl Posts: 905Registered User Member
    A couple of quibbles. While Holy Cross has an attractive campus, it is in a depressed and depressing New England city -- Worcester. Stanford has a uniform architectural style reminiscent of a Taco Bell and about as much charm.

    bduse -- check out these:

    Boston College
    Davidson College
    Rollins College
    Rhodes College
    Connecticut College
    Reed College
    Wheaton College (Ma)
    Salve Regina University
    Roger Williams University
    St. Mary's College of Maryland
    University of Puget Sound
    University of Wisconsin
    University of Washington
    UC - Santa Barbara
    University of San Diego
    Univesity of San Francisco
    University of Montana
  • applicannotapplicannot Posts: 4,366Registered User Senior Member
    I really like the way Washington University in St. Louis looks. But I'm pretty sure there's no lakes in the Midwest... at least, not in Missouri (?). Students also complain about the gyms, although WashU is constantly renovating... maybe 2014?
  • waitingforcalwaitingforcal Posts: 231Registered User Junior Member
    When I visited UC Santa Cruz, I thought "campground" way before I thought "beautiful campus".
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