Colleges get attention for their strong academics, famous graduates, and successful sports teams. The beauty of some schools, with lush campuses, interesting old and new buildings, and scenic settings, also can make them a winner when you’re considering what schools to attend.

Around the world, universities such as Oxford University in England are being spotlighted for their gorgeous campuses by stories on Huffington Post, while The Best Colleges and Travel and Leisure also have created lists of amazing and beautiful schools.

Gorgeous settings can entice students to attend a particular college or university.

Public and private colleges and universities, as well as community colleges, on “best of“ lists boast mountain or coastal locations, buildings that are hundreds of years old, and scenic football stadiums and other sports facilities.

On a recent trip to the Northwest U.S., we were wowed by the Rocky Mountains backdrop at Montana State University, in Bozeman, Mt., as well as the tree-lined streets and buildings with stained glass windows at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.

Other schools we’ve visited have striking architecture, such as Southern Florida College in Lakeland, Fla., which boasts a chapel and other structures by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

It’s one thing to have a lovely location, but other lists of beautiful campuses, such as a 2012 ranking by The Daily Beast/Newsweek also consider the climate and even the attractiveness of the student body, making eye candy a factor.

Walking to class in stunning setting can put a smile on your face, even when you’re headed to a big exam, and make you proud to show off your school to friends and family. What do you think is beautiful about your campus or a school that you would love to attend? Let us know in the comments section below!

-Additional reporting by Carolyn Crist

 

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