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What are the largest college campuses in America?

slater6661slater6661 Posts: 489Registered User Member
edited September 2009 in College Search & Selection
Prefferably by acre. I'm looking for some large college campuses in New York, or in the Northeast area. I want to compare them to my current college, Stony Brook University.
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Replies to: What are the largest college campuses in America?

  • CoolbrezzeCoolbrezze Posts: 5,403Registered User Senior Member
    Two that I can think of are, Ohio State University- Columbus, Michigan State University
  • CorbettCorbett Posts: 1,599Registered User Senior Member
    It may depend on what you want to consider "campus" land. For example, the campus of the University of California at Davis, which is the most agriculturally-oriented school in the UC system, technically stretches over some 5300 acres, or more than 8 square miles, across two counties.

    Most of this acreage is farmland, used for university ag research (there's also a small airport). When most people picture a university campus, they probably aren't thinking about farmland. However, the UC Davis farmland is all contiguous with the "core" parts of the University, is owned by the University, and is used by the University for academic purposes, so there is no particular basis for distinguishing it from the rest of the campus.
  • lynxinsiderlynxinsider Posts: 1,279Registered User Senior Member
    Sewanee? 13,000 acres on top of a mountain...
  • res ipsares ipsa Posts: 1,937Registered User Senior Member
    Michigan State is a huge campus. Ohio State, Minnesota and Penn State have lots of people.
  • FindAPlaceFindAPlace Posts: 4,706Registered User Senior Member
    I thought I read somewhere that the Stanford and Sweet Briar (?) campuses were the largest in the US. But then maybe the ag land at UC Davis was not considered in the equation, I don't know.
  • CorbettCorbett Posts: 1,599Registered User Senior Member
    The Michigan State campus, like that of UC Davis, includes thousands of acres of farmland. The Duke, Sewanee, and Berry campuses are larger than either, but consist primarily of undeveloped forest land.

    Stanford has a lot of land, but most of it is open space, or is leased commercially for non-academic purposes, like the Stanford Shopping Center (so Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom are technically part of the campus)

    Probably a more relevant statistic would be the acreage devoted to conventional academic activities, excluding associated forests, farmland, shopping malls, etc. But this statistic would be harder to generate. Schools naturally report all of the acreage that they own, regardless of what it is actually used for.
  • IBclass06IBclass06 Posts: 2,846Registered User Senior Member
    With 26,000 acres, Berry College dwarfs any other college in the country. I believe it's the second largest campus in the world (the largest is in Russia, if I recall correctly).


    In comparison:

    Sewanee 13000
    Duke 8600
    Stanford 8200
    Sweet Briar 3300
    Ohio State 1800
    Stony Brook 1400
    Emory 630
    Chicago 200
    Brown 140
    Fordham 30
    Barnard 4



    As long as the undeveloped sections are contiguous with the classroom sections of campus, I see no problem in including such campuses.

    Including satellite campuses (e.g. Cornell Med in NYC) is where it gets dodgy.
  • lynxinsiderlynxinsider Posts: 1,279Registered User Senior Member
    Forgot USAFA at 18,000 acres.
  • ds143ds143 Posts: 374Registered User Member
    berry college.

    it even says on their website theyre the largest by land. 26,000 acres.

    Berry College Office of Admissions
  • rjkofnovirjkofnovi Posts: 8,952Registered User Senior Member
    MSU has 5200 acres on it's main campus.
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