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.
Renee (author) on February 08, 2017:
Thanks Isabella for the read. I do believe that learning is a beautiful place is easier...maybe some do not believe that but I really do. And yes Wellesley is really a beautiful campus.
Isabella King from Honolulu, HI on February 07, 2017:
Go Wellesley!!!:) It really is a beautiful campus:) I came to visit campus in the summer and it was a completely different experience. Everything was in bloom and the trees and bushes were full and lush. I really wish that students got to experience the beauty of the campus in the summer more than they do.
Renee (author) on September 11, 2012:
Thanks MT, yes Denison Univ looks quite beautiful and looks like students enjoy themselves there, too. Thanks for the read and comment.
Shasta Matova from USA on September 11, 2012:
These are beautiful colleges. Love the photos. I found Denison University in Granville to be quite beautiful as well.
Renee (author) on April 03, 2012:
Thanks TigerMom for the lovely comment...yup, you are quite right, Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, they also deserve to be included. That is why I feel bad that I was not able to make the Part 2 like I promised...but am working on it. Thanks again for reading my hub.
Tiger Mom from New York on March 31, 2012:
I just found this hub while scanning through topics. What great photos! I'd like to add Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY to your list. Its buildings and grounds are as pristine as the day they were erected (back in 1861).
Renee (author) on November 16, 2010:
Thanks Dolores for reading and the awesome vote.Checked out your son's school and I find it really lovely, too. Will include it on my part 2.Thanks again.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on November 16, 2010:
Voted up and awesome! You've posted some beautiful photos. My son's college was lovely (St. Mary's College of Maryland) and we used to love to visit.
Renee (author) on November 10, 2010:
Hi Nell, thanks for reading my hub. Yes, these are great places to live in for 4 years and i guess one would really be inspired to study harder in campuses like these...but some are just so expensive...especially now that life is so financially hard for us...always believed though that if you really want something, like a degree, the type of school would not matter, you would still work hard for that degree.thanks again...
Nell Rose from England on November 10, 2010:
Hi, this is a great list, and the photo's are gorgeous. I wish I had the chance to attend one of these when I was younger. This will be great for students to help them to decide. nell