I always feel at home when I go to school. Of course, I’ve been teaching students for how many years now. My bucketlist is unlike any other – I aim to visit what I think are the most beautiful college and university campuses in the United States. I’m planning that after achieving this list, I will go to other campuses around the world. It is definitely a pretty long list, but I’m dedicated to visit all of it.
Here are the top 10 campuses included in my bucketlist:
10. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina is America’s first-ever public university when it comes to the first batch of graduates not from private institutions. It is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The whole campus looks like an old city somewhere in Europe. The huge area of Kenan Stadium makes the aerial view of the campus even more beautiful than ever.
9. University of Virginia
Amazingly in 1987, the University of Virginia is designated by UNESCO as the country’s only collegiate World Heritage Site. It was founded in 1819 with the original and prominent Board of Visitors namely James Monroe, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. Its first rectors were Madison and Jefferson. Jefferson even designed the first study courses.
I love how the buildings inside the campus contain a lot of columns. They make the campus look classy and elegant, even more so by the colors of autumn put on walls and roofs.
8. University of Notre Dame
When it comes to treasuring faith and different traditions, the University of Notre Dame represents it in its programs, students and the structure of the buildings. I love how the main building’s Golden Dome has a Holy Mary statue on top of it. Diversity is no question in this institution. The university has students from 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries.
One thing I’m looking for in a beautiful campus is the presence of nature. The walkway to the main building is lined with bright flowers and lush green plants. I can imagine myself dreamily walking in that path.
7. Harvard University
Previously known as Harvard College, this university is one of the country’s oldest schools when it comes to higher education. Since its foundation in 1636, the world-famous institution experienced a lot of changes such as calling it from “college” to “university.” Although, what remained throughout is its students that are usually considered to be the brightest group all over the world.
Other than the fact that it is one of the most popular schools in the entire planet, I want to visit Harvard campus because it really looks like a classic university because of the brick walls.
6. Washington University in St. Louis
If you want to pursue research, Washington University is world-class in that field of study. St. Louis became a haven for business education and significant research studies, including plant science and biotechnology. Through the years, the university produced top-caliber professionals such as scientists, engineers, business owners, artists and teachers.
Two factors made this university as one of my top 10: a castle-like main building surrounded by lush green grass and trees. I can imagine walking around the campus while feeling the cool breeze because of the huge trees. There are so many shaded areas that hot weather would never be a bother to you.
5. Sweet Briar College
This university aims for its female students to be successful in the liberal arts and advanced sciences. Sweet Briar College, honestly my most favorite name for an educational institution, measures 3,250 acres and is located near the Blue Ridge Mountains.
I long to visit this campus because it looks like a big estate. This is probably the campus where I would feel at home the most. My most favorite part is the ultra-green surroundings. The campus looks so picturesque.
4. United States Naval Academy
I’m not sure if my experience as a teacher is enough to let me visit this campus, but come on – the United States Naval Academy looks like a city already! I have to get inside this campus. Wish me luck.
Fact about this school: this is the nation’s college catering to aspiring male and female students who want to be professional officers in the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy.
3. Mount Holyoke College
Once again, nature wins my heart. First of all, Mount Holyoke College is founded in South Hadley, Massachusetts. It is an all-female educational institution for research and the liberal arts. It is known for its female graduates who became leaders, medical professionals and popular playwrights.
The university’s student body perfectly resembles the feminine look of the campus. The red flowers surrounding the campus look so healthy and alive because of the bricked buildings and green plants. I would love to stop and smell the flowers while strolling around the campus.
2. Elon University
This private university is popular for its curriculum which is mainly about traditional sciences and liberal arts. It also has additional programs for graduates and professionals.
The best part about Elon University is the colorful flowers flooding the campus. This multitude of brightly colored flowers look perfect with the deep green grass and trees.
1. Furman University
I mentioned a couple of times already that what I’m looking for in a bucketlist-worthy campus is natural beauty. That’s why Furman University is the best one for me. The pictures taken inside the campus are so romantic and dreamy. This is the first campus I’ll visit soon.
Interestingly, the university itself prides on its beautiful campus because it wants students to consider it as a haven for learning and hanging out with friends. It is too picturesque that wedding photoshoots were even done here.
I’m aware that these are not the only beautiful campuses in the U.S. There’s just too many to mention. I’m happy that educational institutions in the country also prioritize campus facilities, not just pure education. That’s why America becomes a haven for stunning schools.