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These Are the 10 Most Sublimely Beautiful College Campuses In America

These Are the 10 Most Sublimely Beautiful College Campuses In America

8. Sewanee University of the South – Sewanee, TN

Sewanee University of the South is a private liberal arts college located in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Owned by the Episcopal Church, the school sits in an area that includes 13,000 acres with breathtaking mountain views and colorful fall foliage. The developed portion of the property only encompasses about 1,000 acres.

As the property overlooks the Tennessee Valley on the Cumberland Plateau, there are several buildings that have been constructed with local stone to keep the Gothic style. Travel and Leisure magazine have voted Sewanee one of the most beautiful campuses.

Sites to see on the campus

Sites to see if one is taking a tour of the property include the All Saints’ Chapel designed by Ralph Adams Cram. Look for the beautiful stained glass windows and stone design.

St. Luke’s Chapel near St. Luke’s Hall is also a beautiful structure to check out. The Fowler Center houses the recreational facilities and includes basketball courts, a running track, gym and swimming pools.

Spencer Hall is a biochemistry and biology facility that added an additional 49,000 square feet in 2008, and Snowden Hall, the facility for environmental science, added a 10,000 square foot addition recently with solar panels to offer a third of the building’s electricity.

7. Swarthmore College – Swarthmore, PA

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Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1864. Located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, the school is just outside of Philadelphia. The campus is set against the backdrop of almost 400 acres and includes administrative buildings, student housing and student lounges.

Things to see on campus

With several dorm rooms spaced throughout the property, there are a few noteworthy sites including Scott Amphitheater and the Crum Woods which lead down to the Crum Creek area.

Travel and Leisure magazine recently voted the school one of the most beautiful campuses in the U.S. The school also has 3 libraries including a total of over 800,000 volumes, along with a digital library of 10,000 journal subscriptions.

Also look for the SEPTA commuter train station, the oak trees along Magill Walk, and the Scott Arboretum.

The Scott Arboretum is approximately 357 acres and it’s open to the public daily at no charge. It is one of the most beloved parts of Swarthmore.

With an incredible 4,000+ different types of plants, the gardens are well manicured; they include 650 types of roses as well as 350 types of holly, pines, spruce, firs and conifers.

6. Emory University – Atlanta, GA

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Emory University is a private college located in Atlanta, Georgia in Dekalb County. Established in 1836, the school sits on more than 600 acres in the Druid Hills historic suburb and is one of the oldest universities in the U.S.

What to look for…

Surrounded by pines, maple trees, oak, and magnolia, the university includes the Peavine Creek which is part of the Peachtree Creek that runs the length of the school.

Named as a Tree Campus in 2015 by the Arbor Day Foundation, many of the school’s buildings have tree-line views. The architectural style used on the buildings is a Spanish Saltillo tile with multi-hued granite. The website Bestcolleges.com named Emory University as one of its most beautiful college campuses.

Various structures to view include Emory University Hospital, the Winship Cancer Institute, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, along with dorm rooms and residential halls throughout the property.

The Sanford S. Atwood Chemistry Center was completed in 2015 and cost a cool $52 million. At 270,000 square feet, it features teaching and study spaces, a state-of-the-art lab area, and a chemistry library.

Additional sites to see include the Pietro Caproni reproduction, “The Frieze” in the Candler Library suite of the Robert W. Woodruff Library.

5. Texas A&M University – College Station, TX

Texas A and M University photo
Photo by Charles & Clint

Texas A&M University is a public college located in College Station, Texas. As the fourth largest university in the U.S. and the largest in Texas, the main campus includes 5,200 acres.

What there is to see…

The school itself is part of the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area, commonly referred to as “Aggieland.” Money Magazine named College Station one of the most well educated cities in Texas.

About 20% of all students live on campus. The campus intersects with a Union Pacific railroad track and the area includes facilities for education, science, architecture, geosciences, liberal arts, and education.

Sites to see include the George Bush Presidential Library, the sports facility, the business school, the economics school, a veterinary college, and research facilities.


Nikki Newman Travel expert, writer for America Unraveled.


  1. I have been to Texas A&M and, in my opinion, it is not one of the 10 most beautiful campuses in America. Most of the buildings are a hodge-podge of different military/industrial looking architecture. Here is one example of a photo from the Texas A&M website…
    I am sure those loyal to Texas A&M would disagree, but the hodge-podge industrial look is particularly uninspiring versus the classic architecture of many of the other beautiful campuses featured in the article.


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