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My List of Beautiful Liberal Arts College Campuses (Part 2)

Updated on July 11, 2013

It has been more than a year since I wrote the My List of Beautiful Liberals Arts College Campuses (Part 1) and haven’t been able to take care of the second part. It has remained stuck in my to-do list and thus I am making sure it gets un-stuck.

While doing this hub, US News came out with their list of the National Liberal Arts College Rankings and I found out that most of the lib arts colleges I have listed for the part 2 are ranked top ten though like I have said before the rank was not my basis for my list. I have to reiterate for those who have not yet read the hub that when I made the list I considered those with the best campuses. And having gone to a school with a lot of greenery around me, it is obvious to everyone what I consider best campuses. The college I went to was also in a rural setting and at that time I was studying it was very much okay to attend school in even the most casual apparel like plain t-shirts and jeans, and though I would sometimes wear my Sunday’s best it was only because it was required by our sorority for our meeting.

In this part 2, I also included the two beautiful liberal arts colleges that two fellow hubbers, Dolores Monet and Tiger Mom recommended.

Founder's Hall
Founder's Hall | Source

Haverford College

370 Lancaster Ave
Haverford, PA 19041-1392
Tuition and fees:$42,208 (2011-12)
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,177
Setting: suburban
Early decision deadline 15-Nov
Application deadline 15-Jan

Haverford College is located on the Main Line about 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Philadelphia. The campus is located in two counties, with the northwest portion in Delaware County and the southwest part of the campus in Montgomery County. The whole campus of Haverford College has a lot of trees since it is a national arboretum or a botanical garden with a collection of trees. Its 216 acres has different conifers and different species of flowers and Asian gardens. About 99% of students live on campus where different housing options such as residence halls, campus apartments, and houses are available. This is a pretty small college and for those who want it small, where almost everybody knows everybody, where a close connection between students, faculty and administration is appreciated, this is the liberal arts college for you.

The Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center is home to the natural science, math and computer science departments.
The Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center is home to the natural science, math and computer science departments. | Source
Duck Pond (general view), Haverford College
Duck Pond (general view), Haverford College | Source
Haverford’s 200-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and features a nature trail that runs past this duck pond.
Haverford’s 200-acre campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and features a nature trail that runs past this duck pond. | Source

St. Mary's College of Maryland

18952 E. Fisher Rd
St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001
In-state tuition & fees: $14,445 (2011-12)
Out-of-state tuition & fees: $26,522 (2011-12)
Total Undergraduate Enrollment:1,982
Setting: rural
Early decision deadline 1-Nov
Application deadline 1-Jan

Dolores Monet recommended St. Mary’s College of Maryland which she said was lovely and they used to love visiting when her son was still there. And she is quite right about that. Here are some pictures of this gorgeous place. But aside from the beautiful campus, St. Mary’s College is also the only Public Honors College in the state of Maryland. As Maryland's public honors college, St. Mary's College of Maryland offers an undergraduate, liberal arts education and small-college experience like those found at exceptional private colleges.

St. Mary's College of Maryland library at night
St. Mary's College of Maryland library at night | Source

Williams College

880 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 597-3131
Tuition and fees: $43,190 (2011-12)
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,029
Setting: rural
Application deadline 1-Jan
Early decision deadline 10-Nov

Considered to be the top ranked liberal arts colleges by the U.S. News & World Report's 2011 list of Best Liberal Arts Colleges and has been adjudged the best undergraduate institution in America for 2 years in a row by Forbes, Williams College is also one of the oldest colleges in the country. The college is located on a 450-acre campus in Williamstown, Massachusetts, at the foothill of Mount Greylock in the Berkshire Mountains. According to students, it is located in a beautiful town and the campus is really gorgeous. The small and in the middle of nowhere campus may not work for everybody but for those who love historical buildings and the mountains Williams College may be a good choice. One can expect to get to know the people and get more connected in this really small and elite college. One of the advantages is that students can get is the fact that they are the center of attention since there is no graduate school.

Stetson Hall
Stetson Hall | Source
West College
West College
College Campus
College Campus | Source
Main Building
Main Building

Vassar College

124 Raymond Ave.,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Tuition and fees: $44,705 (2011-12)
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,446
Setting: rural
Early decision deadline 15-Nov
Application deadline 1-Jan

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY was recommended by Tiger Mom when she commented that “Its buildings and grounds are as pristine as the day they were erected (back in 1861)”, and it is certainly true with Vassar College. With one of the smartest (and beautiful) politicians like Hillary Clinton as an alumna, Vassar College can definitely be ranked as one of the best liberal arts college in America. It is also one of the most environmentally sound campuses with an ecological farm and a working farm in its 1,000 acres, miles of hiking and jogging trails and almost 200 species of trees, it is really like going to school within a park as they purported in their virtual tour. Originally a college for girls, it became the first of the Seven Sisters colleges to open its door to men in 1969.

Thompson Memorial Library
Thompson Memorial Library | Source
Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall
Rockefeller Hall
Rockefeller Hall
Sunset Lake
Sunset Lake

Middlebury College

131 South Main Street
Middlebury, VT 05753-1442
(802) 443-5510
Comprehensive fee: $53,800 (2011-12)
Enrollment: 2,532
Early decision deadline 15-Nov
Application deadline 15-Jan
Setting: rural

Middlebury College, one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the United States, is known for a lot firsts including being the first American institution of higher education known to have granted a bachelor's degree to an African-American in 1823. It used to be an all-male liberal arts college since it was founded in 1800 but was one of the first colleges in New England to open its doors to women in 1883. Its 350 acre campus can be found in Champlain Valley between the mountains of Vermont and New York. Aside from the scenic views of Green Mountains and Adirondacks and open spaces, most of the buildings on campus are listed in the registry of historic places. Middlebury College is fondly called Club Midd by its students, faculty, and alumni because of its rustic and countrified setting.


There is more on my list but I guess I would need another hub for that. I knew that there are so many beautiful campuses but I never realized it would take more than one list. Again, I have to repeat myself, my list has nothing to do with academic performance or standing or being the most expensive college or the likes. Mine is purely a list of beautiful colleges and campus but I know for a fact that a really beautiful campus encourages students to do better in their studies. Below are two photos of my where I spent 5 wonderful and memorable years in my plain t-shirts and blue jeans. Why the emphasis? It's because ours was just one of the few colleges and universities where school uniforms was not required. See, lots of green, too. Definitely, universities and liberal arts colleges in beautiful nature areas stand out for me.

Baker Hall
Baker Hall | Source
The Fertility Tree
The Fertility Tree | Source


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    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks Vespa for the read and comment. Sorry it took me so long to reply back. Yup, really beautiful, I just so wish I could include in the list some of the other's too....maybe it is time I do another list. Thanks again.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      You chose beautiful photos for this hub and now I feel like I've been on a campus tour! I've been to some beautiful campuses in Missouri, so I can only imagine the beauty of those you've mentioned here. Thank you for sharing!

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Brett, for the read and comment. Yup, these are awesome campuses, though I know there are still so many to consider. Thanks for the share.

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      Brett C 

      7 years ago from Asia

      You definitely have some beautiful choices over there! I particularly likes the shot of Rockfeller Hall ... awesome pic.

      Shared, up and interesting.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks kerlynb for the lovely comment. Yes, these campuses are beautiful and, you're quite right, picture-perfect but I guess it is really up to us to make the best of our college days, right. But it certainly helps if your college/university campus is as green as those in the list. Mine definitely was and some friends often teased me about going to a college in the boondocks, that was ok with me because I totally loved my stay there.

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      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Lovely! You've got a well-illustrated and written hub here. How I would love to go to these campuses! They look so serene and picture-perfect! Voting your hub up, beautiful and interesting!

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub, Marie. I just saw these campuses only from television and the movie. Thank you very much for reviewing these colleges. Voted and shared :-)

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks VirginiaLynne, am happy my hub is appreciated. Yes, University in Texas--Baylor is also beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      7 years ago from United States

      Nice photos and interesting idea for a Hub. I visited William and Mary when I was in High School and thought it would be a wonderful place to go. Instead, I ended up at the University of CA Riverside which was then a nightmare of 60s architecture. Since then, they've added some art deco touches so it looks pretty retro. Now I work at what is probably the most beautiful University in Texas--Baylor.

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      7 years ago

      What about Colby?


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