Discover the Most Beautiful College Campus in Each of the 50 States

Written by Sarah Barkley
Published: November 30, 2023
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College campuses can be extraordinary places, with some being more beautiful than others. While beauty varies for everyone, it’s hard to argue that these campuses aren’t stunning. Here is the most beautiful college campus in each of the 50 states: 

1. Alabama 

Goldie (1971) outdoor sculpture at the University of Alabama

Goldie is an outdoor art sculpture in the Woods Quad Outdoor Sculpture Garden on the campus at the University of Alabama.

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The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa is the most beautiful college campus in Alabama. It has historic buildings, intricate architecture, and plenty of natural elements to brighten the outdoor spaces. 

This campus houses the oldest museum in the state, the Alabama Museum of Natural History, so it’s perfect for history lovers. You can find it in Smith Hall with a stone doorway, a grand staircase made of marble and iron, and much more impressive architecture.  

The Woods Quad Outdoor Sculpture Garden is another sight to behold on campus. It has whimsical and creative sculptures that you’ll never get tired of checking out. You can also enjoy the Black Warrior River, Marr’s Spring, and the arboretum on campus. 

2. Alaska 

Welcome to Juneau! The greeting in  Juneau port. Alaska.

The University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau has the most beautiful campus in the state.

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Alaska’s most beautiful college campus is the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. The campus is in the largest National Forest in the U.S., the Tongass National Forest. You can take a virtual tour to see the architecture and nature students see daily. 

3. Arizona 

University of Arizona main campus aerial view including University Mall and Old Main Building in city of Tucson, Arizona AZ, USA.

The University of Arizona covers 392 acres and has the most beautiful campus in the state.

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The University of Arizona in Tucson is the most beautiful campus in the state. It spans 392 acres and has a view of the Santa Catalina Mountains. You’ll also find plenty of 20th-century architecture to remind you of the history.  

4. Arkansas 

Toad Suck State Park. Conway, Arkansas.

You can visit the Toad Suck State Park in Conway, AR, which is in the same city as the University of Central Arkansas.

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The University of Central Arkansas (UCA) in Conway is the most gorgeous campus in the state. This campus is close to Ozark Park, allowing plenty of opportunity for scenic hikes.  

5. California 

Pepperdine University

The mountain views at Pepperdine University offer beautiful mountainous backdrops on an already stunning campus.

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California has more colleges than any other state, so determining the most beautiful campus isn’t an easy feat. However, Pepperdine University in Malibu is the leader because it has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and is in the Santa Monica Mountains foothills.  

6. Colorado 

Aerial view of the University of Colorado Boulder at Colorado

The University of Colorado, Boulder is a stunning campus with unforgettable architecture.

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The University of Colorado, Boulder (CU Boulder) is dubbed the most beautiful campus in the state. It has plenty of natural beauty within and surrounding the campus, including the Flatirons, a series of slanted, slate-gray rocks. The campus also has gorgeous architecture, including designs from the French Renaissance Revival, Collegiate Gothic, and other styles. 

7. Connecticut 

The buildings on the Wesleyan University campus help make it one of the most beautiful college campuses.

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Connecticut’s most beautiful college campus is a private liberal arts school, Wesleyan University. It is in Middletown and has 360 acres of land, gorgeous architecture, and stunning sights throughout campus.   

8. Delaware 

A scenic view of a river flowing in the forest in White Clay Creek State Park, Newark, Delaware

The White Clay Creek State Park is near the University of Delaware, giving students more beautiful scenes in nature.

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Of the eight colleges in Delaware, the most beautiful campus is the University of Delaware. The campus, located in Newark, offers plenty of greenery, plants, and gorgeous architecture. It is also close to White Clay Creek State Park, where students can embrace nature.   

9. Florida 

Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida

Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, is so beautiful it looks like it could be a resort.

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You’ll find the most gorgeous college campus in Florida in St. Augustine, Flagler College. The beautiful Ponce de Leon Hotel is a Spanish Renaissance-style building that originated as a luxurious hotel. The building retains the original name but is part of the college.   

10. Georgia 

Old Mill in North Georgia

The Old Mill at Berry College only functions during special occasions, but it offers beautiful sights year-round.

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The most beautiful college campus in Georgia is Berry College in downtown Rome. It is a private liberal arts college that encourages students to mentor and partner with families. One of the best parts of the campus is the Old Mill, which is operated on special occasions but is beautiful even when not in operation. 

11. Hawaii 

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa provides beautiful scenery and stunning architecture.

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The University of Hawaii at Mānoa is the state’s oldest university and most beautiful campus. While on campus, you’ll see the mountains in the distance, palm trees lining the sidewalks, and gorgeously maintained grass. You’ll also notice historic and modern buildings, giving the best of both throughout the campus. 

12. Idaho 

University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho

The University of Idaho is in Moscow and has the most beautiful college campus in the state.

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The University of Idaho (U of I) in Moscow is the most beautiful in the state for the stunning scenery on campus. The “Hello Walk” is a walking path that takes you through monuments, statues, and plants, and it is a campus favorite for the gorgeous sights. This campus also has a botanical garden, arboretum, and various ponds to enjoy nature and wildlife.  

13. Illinois 

Aerial View of a large University in the Chicago Neighborhood of Hyde Park

The University of Chicago is in the Hyde Park neighborhood and offers plenty of beautiful sights.

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The most beautiful college campus in Illinois is The University of Chicago. The campus is in Hyde Park, a historic neighborhood with history, art, culture, and entertainment.   

On campus, you’ll find a mix of modern and gothic architecture, leading to a stunning environment you won’t forget. You’ll also find gargoyles throughout the area and notice ivy covering the buildings. 

14. Indiana 

Bloomington Indiana University entrance to college campus

You’ll know you’ve entered the Indiana University, Bloomington campus when you reach these beautiful arches.

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Indiana’s most beautiful college campus is Indiana University, Bloomington (IU). The Sample Gates at the campus’s eastern entrance are a spectacular sight that immediately lets visitors know they are at the university. Another sight you won’t want to miss is the Showalter Fountain, complete with a bronze 15-foot Venus.   

You can also view the oldest structure on campus, the Rose Well House. Other buildings at the same location show the Neoclassical and Romanesque architectural styles used during the original design and construction.   

15. Iowa 

The Central Campus of Iowa State University in the fall

Iowa State University has gorgeous, open greenery and stunning architecture.

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If you’re in Iowa, you may want to consider visiting the most beautiful college campus in the state, Iowa State University (ISU). It is in Ames, IA, and offers spectacular sights on campus. One of the reasons it won the title is because of the park-like central lawn, which is 20 acres of green space in the middle of campus.   

There are also around 13,000 trees throughout campus, adding colors and splendor everywhere. You’ll also find historic buildings from 1860 when the campus was first developed.   

16. Kansas 

Kansas State University is the most gorgeous college in the state, and its historic buildings and acres of gardens contribute.

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The most beautiful college campus in Kansas is Kansas State University in Manhattan, although there are many gorgeous colleges throughout the state. It houses historic buildings dating back to 1876 and has 19 acres of gardens the public can explore for free.  

17. Kentucky 

A lake reflecting surrounding green trees at sunrise in Beckley creek park in Louisville, Kentucky

After exploring the University of Louisville Belknap campus, you can check out Beckley Creek Park in Louisville.

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The University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus in Old Historic Louisville is the most beautiful in Kentucky. With more than 130 tree species, the canopy provides shade, beauty, and an enjoyable atmosphere. The grand architecture of the buildings also adds to the sight and helped make Charles Grawemeyer Hall a U.S. National Historic Landmark.  

18. Louisiana 

Louisiana State University LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The law building at Louisiana State University is an example of the gorgeous architecture you can find throughout the campus.

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Louisiana’s most beautiful college campus is Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. With vibrant flowers, giant oak trees, and acres of greenery, you’ll be mesmerized by the beauty. The architecture around campus also contributes to the university making this list because it emphasizes the history and cultural heritage of the area.  

19. Maine 

Bar Harbor historic town center aerial view at sunset, with Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park at the background, Bar Harbor, Maine ME, USA.

The College of the Atlantic is in Bar Harbor, ME, providing plenty of things to do and places to see.

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Maine’s most gorgeous campus is the College of the Atlantic, a private college in Bar Harbor. It is on Mount Desert Island and has a peaceful environment with natural surroundings. The proximity to the Atlantic Ocean provides the opportunity to stroll near the water and enjoy the accompanying wildlife. 

20. Maryland 

The Francis Xavier Knott Humanities Center at Loyola University Maryland, in Baltimore, Maryland. beautiful college campus

Loyola University is a private university with 81 acres of wooded land and is the most beautiful college campus in Maryland.

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Of the 55 colleges in Maryland, Loyola University in North Baltimore has the most beautiful college campus. This college is a Jesuit Catholic university covering 81 acres of wooded land. It has stunning architecture and unforgettable natural scenery.  

21. Massachusetts 

Aerial view of Wellesley College Tower Court in Wellesley, Massachusetts MA, USA.

Wellesley College has a stunning campus with plenty of natural scenery for students to enjoy and explore.

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Wellesley College in Massachusetts is a private women’s liberal arts college with the most beautiful campus in the state. The campus in Wellesley spans 500 acres and includes meadows, forests, and a tranquil body of water, Lake Waban. Wellesley College also has mesmerizing 19th-century brick buildings surrounded by wooded hillsides.  

22. Michigan 

Sign for Kalamazoo shot during late afternoon in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kalamazoo College in Michigan has a beautiful campus with red brick buildings and vibrant landscaping.

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Michigan has many beautiful campuses, but Kalamazoo College tops the list. It has beautiful buildings with red bricks that vibrantly pop out amongst the scenic landscape. The campus in Kalamazoo has many green spaces, colorful leaves in the fall, and vibrant flowers in the spring.  

23. Minnesota 

Old Main Building at St. Olaf College in Minnesota

The Old Main Building at St. Olaf College shows the extraordinary architecture on the campus.

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Minnesota’s most beautiful college campus is St. Olaf College near Northfield. The campus boasts old buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Gothic-style Old Main, designed in 1877, and the Classic Revival-style Steensland Library from 1938.   

24. Mississippi 

University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.

The building on the Ole Miss campus are unforgettable, making it the most beautiful in the state.

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The University of Mississippi, or Ole Miss, in Oxford, is Mississippi’s most beautiful college campus. It boasts historic sites, beautiful plant life, and extraordinary architecture. The campus boasts many trees, with 400-800 new ones planted yearly.   

25. Missouri 

St. Louis, Missouri, USA downtown cityscape on the river at dusk.

Washington University is located in St. Louis, MO, and has the most beautiful campus in the state.

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Missouri’s most beautiful college campus is Washington University in St. Louis. He has stunning buildings, with the majority being collegiate Gothic style. This university also has breathtaking libraries, an art museum, and a teaching museum.  

26. Montana 

Looking northeast over the Main Hall clock tower and The Oval at the University of Montana during Autumn, with the Missoula Valley stretching out into the distance.

The University of Montana boasts a beautiful campus with plenty of outdoor space for students to spread out and explore.

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The University of Montana in Missoula is the most beautiful campus in the state. It’s scenic and peaceful, and you can go for a stroll with a mountainous view in the distance.  

27. Nebraska

beautiful college campus

Creighton University Campus in Omaha, NE, is beautiful year-round, even when covered in snow.

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Nebraska’s most beautiful college campus is Creighton University in Omaha. It is a private Jesuit college with a gothic-style church. This campus also has plenty of open green space for students to enjoy, and there are trees and pathways to explore.  

28. Nevada 

Reno, Nevada

Reno, NV, has the most beautiful college campus in the state at the University of Nevada.

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The University of Nevada, Reno, is located in the mountains above Lake Tahoe. While much of the state is a desert landscape, the area around this university has a sparkling lake and crisp air that sets it apart from other places.   

29. New Hampshire 

Dartmouth College - A view of East Campus from Baker Tower

The New Hampshire campus is near the Connecticut River and Appalachian Trail, so it’s the perfect location for those who want to explore nature.

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Dartmouth College in Hanover has the most beautiful campus in New Hampshire. It has gorgeous natural surroundings that draw people to the area. It’s near the Connecticut River and the Appalachian Trail, enticing outdoor enthusiasts worldwide. 

30. New Jersey 

Princeton, New Jersey - April, 2016: Princeton University is a Private Ivy League University in New Jersey, USA.

The architecture at Princeton University helps make it the most stunning campus in New Jersey.

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New Jersey’s most beautiful campus is Princeton University. This university is the fourth oldest in the United States and is home to many historical buildings with stunning architecture.  

31. New Mexico 

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Santa Fe, NM, not only has the most beautiful college campus at St. John’s College, but they also have a gorgeous city.

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St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, boasts the most beautiful campus in the state. If you visit this location, you can embrace diverse and stunning plant and animal life. You can also explore the rest of the town as there is plenty to see and do.

32. New York 

Idyllic bridge at Colgate University in Autumn, beautiful college campus

The campus of Colgate University provides gorgeous sights you won’t find anywhere else.

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Colgate University in Madison County is the most beautiful college campus in New York. This campus spans 575 acres and houses museums, galleries, a theater chapel house, and a planetarium. You can also find the Willow Path on campus, a famous trail of willow trees.   

33. North Carolina 

Old Well, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, beautiful college campus

You can find this idyllic spot on the campus of the University of North Carolina.

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North Carolina has many gorgeous college campuses, but the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most beautiful. From unforgettable architecture to stunning landscaping and scenery, it’s easy to see why this campus tops the list for North Carolina. 

34. North Dakota 

Aerial Drone View of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks during the Summer, beautiful college campus

You’ll want to explore every part of the University of North Dakota campus to see the gorgeous landscaping and architecture.

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The University of North Dakota in Grand Forks is the most beautiful campus in the state. It is nearly 140 years old, so it has various historic buildings for visitors to explore.  

35. Ohio 

Ohio University campus

If you want a view of the entire Ohio University campus, you can climb a hill to reach the highest point in Athens without leaving the college property.

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Ohio University in Athens is the most beautiful campus in the state, partly because of its location on the Hocking River. This college is located in the Appalachian Plateau, so students receive a scenic view of the hillsides.  

36. Oklahoma 

Edmon Low Library & Formal Gardens, Oklahoma State University, beautiful college campus

Oklahoma State University has the most beautiful campus in the state, and the Edmon Low Library and Formal Gardens show why.

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The most beautiful campus in Oklahoma is Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Aside from boasting gorgeous scenery throughout campus, you can also visit the Botanical Garden and Boomer Lake Park. 

37. Oregon 

Lewis and Clark College, beautiful college campus

The Lewis and Clark College campus is stunning, with plenty of greenery and Mt. Hood in the background.

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Oregon’s most beautiful college campus is Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where students can bask in 137 acres of greenery atop Palatine Hill. The college also has gorgeous buildings, including a chapel with stained glass windows. 

38. Pennsylvania 

University of Pennsylvania Old Building Dormitory

This old dormitory is one of the many stunning buildings on the campus of The University of Pennsylvania.

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The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia looks like a movie setting with its historic buildings. College Hall is the oldest building on campus, built in 1870, and boasts a Victorian Gothic style. Other buildings on campus were designed in Venetian Gothic, so you’re sure to be mesmerized by the architecture. 

39. Rhode Island 

Brown University, beautiful college campus

Brown University in Providence has the most beautiful college campus in Rhode Island.

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Brown University in Providence ranks in the top 10 most beautiful college campuses in the United States, so it’s a clear winner in Rhode Island. The campus has open green spaces and stunning architecture and is only a short walk away from scenic rivers and skyline views.  

Summary and Complete List of the Most Beautiful College Campus in Each of the 50 States 

NumberStateCollegeCity
NumberState College  City 
1Alabama University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 
2 Alaska University of Alaska SoutheatJuneau
3Arizona  University of ArizonaTucson 
4 ArkansasUniversity of Central Arkansas  Conway
5 California Pepperdine University Malibu
6 ColoradoUniversity of Colorado, Boulder  Boulder
7 Connecticut Wesleyan University Middletown
8 Delaware University of Delaware Newark
9 Florida Flagler College St. Augustine
10 Georgia Berry College Rome
11 Hawaii University of Hawaii at Mānoa Mānoa
12 Idaho University of IdahoMoscow 
13 IllinoisUniversity of Chicago Hyde Park 
14 Indiana Indiana University, BloomingtonBloomington 
15Iowa  Iowa State UniversityAmes 
16 Kansas Kansas State UniversityManhattan 
17Kentucky  University of Louisville’s BelknapLouisville 
18 Louisiana Louisiana State University Baton Rouge
19 Maine College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor
20 MarylandLoyola University  North Baltimore
21MassachusettsWellesley College  Wellesley
22 Michigan Kalamazoo CollegeKalamazoo 
23 Minnesota St. Olaf CollegeNorthfield 
24 MississippiUniversity of Mississippi Oxford
25 MissouriWashington UniversitySt. Louis
26 MontanaUniversity of MontanaMissoula 
27Nebraska Creighton UniversityOmaha
28NevadaUniversity of NevadaLake Tahoe 
29New Hampshire  Dartmouth CollegeHanover 
30New Jersey  Princeton University Princeton
31New MexicoSt. John’s College  Santa Fe
32New York Colgate UniversityMadison County 
33North Carolina  University of North CarolinaChapel Hill 
34North Dakota  University of North DakotaGrand Forks 
35Ohio  Ohio UniversityAthens 
36Oklahoma  Oklahoma State UniversityStillwater 
37Oregon  Lewis & Clark College Portland
38Pennsylvania University of Pennsylvania   Philadelphia  
39Rhode Island Brown UniversityProvidence 
40South Carolina Furman University Greenville
41South Dakota   Augustana University Sioux Falls
42Tennessee  University of the South Sewanee
43Texas  William Marsh Rice University Houston
44Utah  Utah State UniversityLogan 
45Vermont Middlebury College Middlebury
46VirginiaThe College of William & MaryWilliamsburg
47WashingtonUniversity of Puget SoundTacoma
48West Virginia West Virginia UniversityMorgantown 
49Wisconsin The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire
50Wyoming  The University of Wyoming Laramie

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