The 10 Colleges With the Most Beautiful Campuses

7. Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)

Pepperdine University
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Pepperdine University is a private research university affiliated with the Church of Christ and located in Malibu, CA. It was founded in Los Angeles in 1937 by entrepreneur George Pepperdine and then expanded to Malibu in 1972.

Pepperdine is consistently ranked among the most beautiful places to learn and study, mainly because of its location along the beach in Malibu.

Pepperdine College was the location of the ABC Series “Battle of the Network Stars,” hosted by Howard Cosell from 1976 to 1988. Jon Mascot, who pitched for the Pepperdine baseball team in 2012, was drafted as a major league pitcher by the Cincinnati Reds.

People who have achieved success in nearly every major field can call themselves graduates of Pepperdine. These include Nicole Kidman, Australian actress and producer, Tom Selleck, American actor and film producer, Dennis Johnson, professional basketball player, and James Read, starring actor in the fabulous TV mini-series North and South.


6. College of the Desert (Palm Desert, CA)

College of the Desert
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The College of the Desert (COD) is a public community college in Palm Desert, CA. College of the Desert is the home of the Energy Technology Training Center, one of the most important alternative fuel facilities in any college. 

Although COD is located in Palm Desert, California, they have satellite locations in Desert Hot Springs, Palm Springs, Indio, and Thermal. Because COD is officially recognized as a Hispanic institution, the full-time student population is at least 25% Hispanic.

College of the Desert is home to Wright Gymnasium, which is actually, in its own right, a premier entertainment center. This beautiful facility has hosted the likes of Billy Idol, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, and many more entertainers. 

It seems that College of the Desert turns out a lot of athletes! They include Bryan Robinson, former professional football player; Gar Forman, basketball executive; Jack Renner, professional golfer; Reggie Brown, former professional football player; and Brent Geiberger, professional golfer. 


5. Pacific Union College (Angwin, CA)

Pacific Union College is a four-year private liberal arts college in the Napa Valley of California. It is a co-educational residential college with an undergraduate student body and is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

The college has been in its current location on Howell Mountain in Napa County since 1909. Here, the campus is home to a beautiful rural setting overlooking California’s wine country.

With just 1,500 students, Pacific Union’s student-to-teacher ratio is a comfortable 13 to 1, ensuring every student has significant one-on-one attention with their professors.

Over 50,000 individuals have graduated from Pacific Union College. Jerry Pettis, California Congressman, Arna Wendell Bontemps, American poet, novelist and librarian, and member of the Harlem Renaissance, Philip Guthrie Hoffman.

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