10 College Campuses That Are More Like Country Clubs

10 College Campuses That Are More Like Country Clubs
10 College Campuses That Are More Like Country Clubs
Perhaps one of the most important factors in choosing a school is how much you enjoy being there. How are the people? Professors? What is the closest metropolis like? And, of course, is the campus nice? Fortunately, universities around the country recognize this and do their best to beautify their college grounds. And with today’s ease of access to information, college websites host plenty of facts, pictures, and virtual tours of their domain. When it comes to gorgeous, these colleges win the contest. Some of them are antique gems located in historical New England, while others are modern and situated on oceanside cliffs. From west to east and everywhere in between, these 10 college campuses will blow you away.
Flagler College – St. Augustine, Florida: Seeing is believing when it comes to this gorgeous campus. "From a dining hall with million-dollar Tiffany windows to dorm rooms that once hosted celebrity guests such as John Jacob Astor and Gary Cooper, and Presidents Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt, you’ll find that living on the Flagler campus is an experience in itself."
Lewis & Clark College – Portland, Oregon: Surely you’ll be enchanted by the 137 acres of lush, park-like campus, environmentally sustainable academic building, or the view of Mount Hood from the Reflecting Pool. The college’s website houses plenty of compelling information for prospective students.
The University of Notre Dame – Notre Dame, Indiana: According to university reports, "Notre Dame stands on 1,250 acres considered by many to be among the most beautiful possessed by any university in the nation. From the Golden Dome that rises above Notre Dame Avenue, to the quiet splendor of the Grotto at the heart of campus, to the lakes and green spaces that provide recreational opportunities in all seasons, Notre Dame’s campus is a visual splendor."
Pepperdine University – Malibu, California: The main campus is located among several ridges that overlook the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. The main campus entrance road ascends a steep, well-groomed grassy slope past a huge stylized cross, known as the Phillips Theme Tower, symbolizing the university’s dedication to its original Christian mission. Most buildings were constructed in a typical 1980s-style reinterpretation of classic Californian and Mediterranean architecture (red tile roofs, white stuccoed walls, large tinted windows). There are views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Palos Verdes Peninsula, Long Beach and the westside of Los Angeles from numerous points. Graduations take place at Alumni Park, a broad expanse of lawn overlooking Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean.
Purdue University – West Lafayette, Indiana: Somewhere between the Purdue Mall, Bell Tower, Memorial Mall, Felix Haas Hall, and Cary Quadrangle, you’ll find a spot to sit and read, to rest between classes, or just to become one with the beautiful scenery around you. Indeed, you will not be disappointed by this beautiful and distinguished university.
Rice University – Houston, Texas: The campus of Rice University includes a number of buildings, designed primarily in the Byzantine architectural style. The university was founded in 1912 on a 285-acre plot of land located very close to what is now West University Place, adjacent to the Texas Medical Center, in the museum district of the city of Houston, Texas. The university’s first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, stressed the importance of a uniform architectural style for the many buildings the campus would come to have. The majority of Rice’s buildings have brick-colored facades, emphasizing courtyards, archways, and pillars. There are notable exceptions representing both modern and historical architectural styles, including brutalist and Mediterranean.
Sewanee University – Sewanee, Tennessee: The University of the South, more commonly known as Sewanee, has a 10,000-acre campus that was made for students who love nature. The campus and the surrounding area offer unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Gothic style buildings and a newly completed centerpiece chapel add to Sewanee’s appeal.
Trinity University – San Antonio, Texas: Trinity overlooks downtown San Antonio, adjacent to the Monte Vista Historic District and just south of the prominent Olmos Park and Alamo Heights neighborhoods. The 117-acre Skyline Campus, the university’s fourth location, is noted for its distinctive red brick architecture and well-maintained grounds, modeled after an Italian village by late architect O’Neil Ford.
Wellesley College – Wellesley, Massachusetts : The Wellesley campus extends over 500 acres of woodlands, meadows, and water. Nestled into the rolling hills is a mix of 19th-century towered brick buildings arranged in quadrangles and newer buildings with avant-garde architecture. In the fall the heavily wooded campus looks as if it has been splattered with paint, with foliage turning variations of red, orange, and yellow. In the winter, a blanket of white often covers the grounds, and in the spring the campus comes alive with blooming daffodils, rhododendrons, and lilacs.
Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut: Yale is noted for its largely Collegiate Gothic campus as well as for several iconic modern buildings commonly discussed in architectural history survey courses: Louis Kahn’s Yale Art Gallery and Center for British Art, Eero Saarinen’s Ingalls Rink and Ezra Stiles and Morse Colleges, and Paul Rudolph’s Art & Architecture Building. Yale also owns and has restored many noteworthy 19th-century mansions along Hillhouse Avenue, which was considered the most beautiful street in America by Charles Dickens when he visited the United States in the 1840s.

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