The 10 Colleges With the Most Beautiful Campuses

The reality is, nothing can compare to the experience of attending college and enjoying life on an outstandingly beautiful campus. Learning and studying in an aesthetically beautiful backdrop may provide just the touch of inspiration you need to enhance your learning and study ability.

Relaxing and learning in an environment with lush greens, elegant buildings, and serene lakes is arguably much more comfortable and more fun. Whether the college or university is set among rolling mountains and leafy, green woodlands, or the lights of a big metropolis, a beautiful campus has its advantages.

Here are the ten colleges with the most beautiful campuses in the country.

10. St. John’s College (Santa Fe, New Mexico)

St. John's College Santa Fe
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Tucked into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this beautiful college sits on 250 acres of the most beautiful area of the country’s oldest capital city, Sante Fe, New Mexico.

The campus is just steps away from hiking trails, a short walk to six museums, and a slightly longer walk to hundreds of galleries. It combines the perfect blend of mountain living and access to culture, making it one of the state’s most beautiful colleges.

As a co-educational, liberal arts college with no religious affiliation, St. John’s is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the country. It was a successor to King William’s School, a preparatory school founded in 1696 in Sante Fe and chartered in 1784 as St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD. A second campus was opened in Sante Fe in 1964. 

Notable alumni include Francis Scott Key, the author of the National anthem, Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic Records founder, and Lucy Tamlin, a prominent US ambassador.

9. St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)

St Olaf College
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A private liberal arts college in Northfield, MN., St. Olaf College was founded in 1874 by a group of immigrant pastors and farmers of Norwegian-American descent. The college received its name from the Patron Saint and King Olaf II of Norway and is affiliated with the Lutheran Evangelical Church of America.

The beautiful 300-acre campus of St. Olaf is located approximately 40 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Here are some interesting facts about St. Olaf College. King Olav visited the college in 1987, and King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway in 2011. St. Olaf College is situated on the homelands of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota Nation. The 3,000 students attending St. Olaf represent 95 countries.

There are many St. Olaf notable alumni. Among them are Karl Rolvaag, former Governor of Minnesota; Gretchen Morgenson, seminal Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Chris Meidt, former NFL assistant coach; and Al Quie, a prominent Minnesota politician.

8. Rhodes College (Memphis, TN)

Rhodes College
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The enthusiastic approach to liberal arts and sciences at Rhodes inspires students to discover and cultivate the passions of a lifetime. Rhodes is a national, four-year private, co-educational residential college. Located in the heart of Memphis, Rhodes is one of just a few prominent liberal arts colleges located in a major metropolitan district.

Here are more interesting facts about Rhodes College in Memphis. The students at Rhodes operate The Bridge, the only street paper in Memphis that offers job opportunities to homeless people. Rhodes is one of 286 colleges and universities in the U.S. with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, among the country’s most prestigious academic organizations. 

Additionally, Rhodes College is one of only 40 colleges and universities featured in the seminal text “Colleges That Change Lives.”

Alumni of Rhodes include Dixie Carter, a prominent actress, Abe Fortas, a US Supreme Court Justice, and Claudia Kennedy, the first woman to achieve the rank of 3-star general in the U.S. Army.

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