4. CSU Long Beach – Long Beach, CA
California State University Long Beach is the third largest campus in California; with 323 acres and 84 distinct buildings, it is only about 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
Located in the Los Altos section of Long Beach in Los Angeles County, the school is well-known for its architecture and favorable city location.
The architectural style at the school is a minimalist style designed by architect Edward Killingsworth. With a naturalistic look, the tree-lined setting has earned the campus several design awards; its brick and glass architectures are widely considered among the most expertly crafted at any US college campus.
What to look for…
In viewing the campus, be sure to visit the Walter Pyramid, which is the school’s sporting complex that looks like an actual glass pyramid from the outside. It’s 18-stories in height and includes 3 basketball courts, 5 volleyball courts, a fitness center, and even a conference room.
The school’s theater complex is an area demonstrating the integration of architecture and landscape in a natural setting with ficus trees showcasing the theater’s entrance.
Other areas to take note of include the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, which is the school’s 1,000 seat theater, the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, the open courtyard at Brotman Hall, and the Psychology building’s open-air courtyard area with Eucalyptus trees.
3. Lewis & Clark College – Portland, OR
Lewis & Clark College is located in Portland, Oregon. The private liberal arts college is located on 137 acres on the m. Lloyd Frank Estate located on Palantine Hill in Southwest Portland.
With its tree-lined scenery, the property is landscaped and beautifully kept adjacent to the 645 acre Tryon Creek State Natural Area.
What to see…
Look for historic architectural properties like the Frank Manor House, designed by Herman Brookman. Be sure to visit Rogers Hall and view the Stewart Residence Hall for their architectural design and landscaped grounds. The school was voted by Princeton Review as one of America’s top 10 most beautiful campuses.
2. Berry College – Berry, GA
Berry College is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1902 and sits on 27,000 acres of land.
Yes, you read that right…27,000 acres!
Situated near Rome and Atlanta, just south of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the school includes forests, open fields, the Lavender Mountains; it is ideal for hiking, biking, cycling and horseback riding.
It’s estimated that the property may have up to 2,500 deer roaming openly.
Things to see
Travel and Leisure magazine has voted Berry College to be one of the most beautiful colleges with an English Gothic style to its buildings. With two golf courses and trails open to the public, there are also campgrounds in the area.
1. Furman University – Greenville, SC
Furman University is a private liberal arts college in Greenville, South Carolina.
Founded in 1826, it sits on 750 acres, has a 40-acre lake, and offers the most amazing of sunset views.
Sites to see…
With views of Paris Mountain State Park, the landscaping of Furman University is nothing short of utterly amazing. Princeton Review voted it one of the most beautiful campuses, as did Travel and Leisure magazine.
Look for the Georgian-style architecture to the buildings surrounding the lake. Be sure to see the Bell Tower, one of the most distinct landmarks of the campus.
The school is so luxurious, it has been previously informally dubbed “The Country Club of the South.”
One should also see the housing cabins, the Cliffs Cottage, and the Asian Garden which has a Buddhist temple.
Also look for the Henry David Thoreau replica of the cabin in which the legendary author wrote Walden.
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