Stanford University is truly one-of-a-kind. Its sprawling 8,180-acre campus is nestled in the renowned San Francisco Bay in Palo Alto. In addition to being one of the largest college campuses, Stanford is home to some of the most amazing architecture in the United States. Stanford’s Memorial Church and Cantor Arts Center are architectural achievements worthy of a textbook. Nothing compares, however, to the Hoover Tower. It’s an observation platform with clear views of the gorgeous San Francisco bay.
What do the Pyramids of Giza, the Acropolis, and the University of Virginia have in common? They are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites honored for their cultural significance. Thomas Jefferson conceived the University of Virginia in an attempt to reinvent higher education. The result was a symbol of both American higher education and beauty. The University of Virginia is home to epic architecture like the Rotunda and Jefferson’s crown jewel the Academial Village.
There’s no denying the beauty of California’s coastal campuses. No campus, however, has views quite like Pepperdine University. The private Christian campus is located in the Santa Monica Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Pacific Coast Highway. In addition to majestic ocean views, Pepperdine is also renowned for its architecture. Most buildings on campus were built in a Mediterranean Revival Style.
Berry College may not be a household name but one look at its campus is enough to put it on the map. This liberal arts college has the world’s largest contiguous college campus. The sprawling campus includes over 27,000 acres of Georgian woodlands including scenic streams, meadows, and trees. The campus has a summer camp feel and includes outdoor fireplaces and pristine fitness facilities.
Kenyon College is a hidden gem in the heartland of America. This stunning 1,000-acre campus is located 45 miles from Ohio’s state capital. Kenyon combines modern amenities with classic architecture and natural beauty. The campus even includes a 480-acre nature preserve. It borders the Kokosing River and includes hiking trails, wetland habitats, and gorgeous stargazing opportunities.