The 10 Colleges With the Most Beautiful Campuses

4. Salve Regina University (Newport, RI)

Salve Regina University
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Salve Regina University is a private co-educational university located in Newport, Rhode Island. It enrolls more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students yearly and offers a comprehensive and innovative liberal arts curriculum. 

This university’s beautiful campus stems in large part to its oceanside location in Rhode Island. Here, the college blends in perfectly with the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean. Newport, Rhode Island is globally known for its beaches, just minutes away from the Salve Regina campus.

Salve Regina, which means “Hail the Queen!,” is noted for its one-of-a-kind period architecture. Ranked by Architectural Digest among the 50 most beautiful colleges in the country, Salve Regina was also ranked by Money Magazine among the most transformative colleges in the country

3. Flagler College (St. Augustine, FL)

Flagler College
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Flagler College is a private liberal arts college located in beautiful St. Augustine. Built on 19 acres complete with palm trees and sunny Florida skies, St. Augustine is home to the Ponce de Leon Hotel, a historic building constructed in 1888 as a luxury getaway. The architects who designed it worked for Henry Morrison Flagler himself, the industrialist, oil magnate, and namesake for the college. This building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

The interior design of Flagler College’s facilities are among the most outstanding of any college or university in the entire country. The campus has been kept in beautiful condition, with the original ceiling and wall paintings, the original Tiffany windows, beautifully crafted wood-carved columns, quartz chandeliers, and more.

Here are some notable alumni from Flagler College: Scott Lagasse, Jr., an American professional stock car driver who competes in NASCAR; Theresa Meeker, a notable actress and writer; and Chris Barnwell, a Canadian-American former professional baseball player.

2. Florida Southern College (Lakeland, FL)

Florida Southern College
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From an architectural standpoint, Florida Southern is among the most beautiful institutions of higher education. Florida Southern is home to a collection of buildings designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, perhaps the most important architect of the 20th century. This collection of buildings, known as the Child of the Sun, houses a number of significant buildings; this special collection was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Lakeland, Florida has a suburban setting near many major attractions. It is less than an hour away from Disney World, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, and Sea World. Students interested in beach life are less than an hour away from the Gulf of Mexico and approximately 90 minutes from the beaches along the Atlantic Ocean.

More interesting facts about Florida Southern College are that Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida and was founded in 1883 as the South Florida Institute. The Detroit Tigers hold their spring training in the area, great for the baseball lovers in Lakeland. The Florida Southern campus is the home to the most extensive collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in one location.

1. Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ)

Ramapo College
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Ramapo College in New Jersey is a public, liberal arts college with some of the most beautiful scenery of any college in the country. Situated in the foothills of New Jersey’s Ramapo Mountains, Conde Nast Traveler magazine ranked it among the top 50 most beautiful colleges in 2020

The facilities at Ramapo College’s 300-acre campus are among the most outstanding of any college in the country. They include 12 lighted tennis courts, a performing arts center with specialized spaces, and even a spiritual center. Additionally, Ramapo is home to not just one but multiple art and photography galleries open to both students and the public.

Ramapo’s excellence as a college does not end at its aesthetics. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently ranked Ramapo among the top 10% of all colleges in the country, as well as one of the best values of any higher education institution. US News additionally ranked Ramapo among the Best Regional Universities in the North.

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