If when you imagine college you picture grandiose brick buildings, stained glass windows and manicured grounds then you need to go to college in New England. New England is home to some of the most beautiful, elegant and iconic colleges and universities in America. Some of the areas most beautiful campuses include Princeton (known for it’s gothic architecture), Mt. Holyoke College (an all-women’s school in Western Massachusetts known for its gorgeous mountain views and quaint small town feel), Stonehill College (a Catholic school in the picture perfect town of Easton, Massachusetts), and College of the Atlantic (a liberal “hippy” school in Northern Maine) among many others.
While a gorgeous campus may not be the deciding factor when selecting a college or university, it certainly plays a part in decision process. After all, having a nice view makes all that studying just a little bit easier. Well-manicured school grounds can also be a sign of well-maintained classrooms and facilities, which is certainly an important thing to consider. However, one thing to keep in mind is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What one person considers to be a beautiful campus, may not be anything to special to another person. Some people prefer a cityscape, while others like greenery. Others still may prefer a mountain or ocean view. For this reason it is very important to visit all of your prospective colleges and get a feel for the campuses. One campus may have the ocean view you desire, but have a beach bum party atmosphere that you’re not that into.
Another aesthetic component to consider is the design of the architecture. Do you prefer more modern, contemporary style classrooms and dormitories, or are you into the gothic style stained glass and brick buildings? As a general rule, many of the older universities in New England and the eastern seaboard such as Stonehill College, feature more classic architecture, while schools on the west coast, such as Pepperdine University, tend to have a more modern, contemporary flair.