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My List of Beautiful Liberal Arts College Campuses
When I was planning to do a hub regarding the top colleges and universities in the US, I did not yet have an idea what it would be based upon. Getting the top ten best schools in terms of what the American believed to be the best or should I based it on the admission scores, success rate of graduates or the number of famous people in them or that came from that school? I honestly was flabbergasted to discover I was having a hard time when I was doing my research.
There have been so many write-ups listing the best and top 5 schools, the top ten and top 20 schools, for that matter, each with different basis/criteria with some schools always on the list. What I didn’t realize is that there are so many beautiful college and university campuses with a list that’s different if I use another basis or criteria like the top computer engineering universities. Also, small campuses or liberal arts should have their own list and not compared with big university or college campuses. And there are also great universities and colleges outside of the US.
So, I decided, why not make several hubs of top universities and colleges based on different criteria. I also find it funny that people often ask what the ranking is based from, with a lot of opposite comments that I can only say, this is a list based from what I see, from my point of view. I do agree that you might have other and different choices, let me know and we can include it, if I do find I like it, too.
But for now, let me start with the most beautiful liberal arts colleges with the best campuses in the US. According to some, one thing that can truly describe Liberal Arts College is this quote: "One of the missions of liberal arts colleges is to teach kids how to think, talk and write."
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,324
Wellesley College is a liberal-arts college for women. Its 500-acre campus is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, approximately 12 miles west of Boston. The campus is renowned for its scenic beauty with its evergreen and deciduous woodlands and open meadows which also includes Lake Waban.
Lewis & Clark College
0615 Southwest Palatine Hill Road
Portland, OR 97219
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,977
Lewis & Clark College is a private, independent, liberal arts coeducational college in Portland, Oregon, United States. It’s 137-acre forested campus sits atop Palatine Hill in the Collins View neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, and is neighboring with the 645 acre Tryon Creek State Natural Area. It has been voted one of the most beautiful campuses in the US by Princeton Review. As you can see, they did not make a mistake. Its natural environment and award-winning environmentally sustainable academic buildings such as Frank Manor House and Rogers Hall is certainly reasons for the vote. Even residence halls have themes such as the Stewart Residence Hall which is a providing home for those who wish to live in a drug and alcohol-free environment. Other halls are male only, female only or host to students from outside the US.
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,288
Mount Holyoke College is a liberal arts college for women in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The 800-acre campus was designed and landscaped between 1896 and 1922 by the landscape architecture firm of Olmsted and Sons. It has a beautiful botanic garden and has two lakes, several waterfalls, tennis courts, stable and woodland riding trails. Has one of the most gorgeous campuses and also environmentally aware with programs for waste recycling and energy conservation campaign. At Mount Holyoke, a residential college, all students must live on campus. The one other beauty aside from freedom from school uniforms is that of living in your college campus.
100 Boltwood Avenue
Amherst, MA 01002
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 1,744
Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Amherst is an exclusively undergraduate four-year institution. Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. It only became coeducational in 1975.
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,717
Skidmore College is a private, independent, liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, New York. Situated on a wooded campus of 890 acres a mile from downtown Saratoga Springs, Skidmore’s buildings are designed to blend with the natural surroundings and to foster intellectual and social interaction. Though it is contemporary in style, the campus’s architects have borrowed from the area’s Victorian architecture, adopting such features as bay windows, copper roofs, and covered outdoor areas with an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students. The college is located in the town of Saratoga Springs, New York.
These are just but a few of the college campuses that are totally gorgeous. Some may notice that my list is partial to a lot of green. Maybe it is because it reminds me of my own college.
There is a part 2, if you have other choices, let me know so I can take a look at it too.