50 Most Beautiful College Campuses to Visit This Fall
While many colleges around the country have lovely campuses, fewer can boast having the natural beauty that comes with the changing of the seasons. Redness in the trees complementing the brick buildings, or giant Gothic-style halls on a backdrop of technicolor rolling hills — these images are emblematic of a typical American college experience.
To compile a list of the 50 most beautiful college campus, Stacker evaluated a mix of visitor reviews and top rankings from travel experts such as Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and more.
You won’t want to miss these gorgeous schools, whether you’re taking a college road trip or are simply looking to get in the autumnal spirit.
#50. Colby College - Waterville, ME
Considered a Wildlife Management Area by the state of Maine, the sprawling 714-acre Colby campus is a haven for nature lovers. Johnson Pond is a hotspot for spotting wild animals. The school also boasts a lush trove of over 1,800 trees, added to by the 128-acre Perkins Arboretum.
#49. Bowdoin College - Brunswick, ME
Despite its small size and student population just north of 1,000, Bowdoin’s Coe Quad, famous pine trees and Thorndike Oak (planted in 1802) still boast the impressive spectrum of colors that Maine is known for in the fall.
#48. Middlebury College - Middlebury, VT
Middlebury is snuggled in a beautiful landscape, with a view of Green Mountain and the Adirondacks. The campus itself is a sight to behold in the fall as well — home to a 250-year-old bur oak and adorned with the historic Old Chapel, Painter Hall and Starr Hall.
#47. Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH
During a visit by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, he famously said of Dartmouth, “this is what a college should look like.” The 269-acre campus offers historic buildings like Wentworth and Thornton Hall, and everything from golden gingko trees to yellow Kentucky coffeetrees. Beyond the center of Dartmouth, the school owns 4,500 acres of land in the White Mountains and a whopping 27,000 acres in New Hampshire.
#46. Mount Holyoke College - South Hadley, MA
As we venture into the heart of New England, the prestigious women’s college of Mount Holyoke is a must-see. The 2,000-acre campus, designed by landscape architects Olmsted and Sons, offers visitors waterfalls, lakes, nature walks, a botanical garden and a fully-fledged art museum.
#45. Amherst College - Amherst, MA
Amherst is so proud of its fall colors that it holds an Annual Fall Foliage Walk/Run, a fundraiser benefitting underprivileged young scholars. Now in its 46th year, the Fall Foliage 5K Walk/Run lets runners, walkers and leaf peepers admire the spectrum of shades of the foliage.
#44. Wellesley College - Wellesley, MA
Another beautiful women’s college, Wellesley and its changing scenery can be admired from a spot overlooking Lake Waban or on a stroll through the college’s own botanical garden.
#43. Williams College - Williamstown, MA
Known as one of the top liberal arts schools in the country, Williams is a rural campus with incredible views of the Berkshires.
#42. Smith College - Northampton, MA
Smith’s colors are not only considered picture-worthy, but also worthy of celebration. Every year on Mountain Day, the school president chooses a gorgeous fall day and rings the college bells, signaling to students that they can take the day off from classes and enjoy the beauty around them. Many students go apple picking off campus.
#41. College of the Holy Cross - Worcester, MA
The manicured 174-acre campus of Holy Cross sits on a hillside in Central Massachusetts. This beautiful location allows students and visitors to enjoy the crisp fall weather and marvel at the foliage of the registered arboretum on campus.2018 All rights reserved.