As if it isn't anything this board didn't already know...
Two of the top 5 schools listed are from the B1G.
As if it isn't anything this board didn't already know...
Two of the top 5 schools listed are from the B1G.
They excluded North Campus.
That's okay though, because North Campus is inherently exclusionary.
is so not true. I am very sure there are lots of MGoEngineers that are fervent fans and pay attention to whats going around the campus. Just because we always are in the library or in the lab doesn't mean we don't pay attention to what is going on around us.
I meant that when people think of U of M, they generally forget North Campus. I was amused that that seems to be the case here.
He's a music major and I'm sure he feels excluded by the performing arts community there.
Central campus major/school
North campus residence 3 out of 4 years
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I've never been there, but I've heard forever that Austin is a fantastic place. Maybe the UT campus itself ain't so hot.
I spent 6 years in grad school at UT-Austin. Austin the city is awesome and beautiful. UT's campus is very nice, but it's not something that I would consider really amazing (super dense, mostly modern-looking buildings, lots of statutes and fountains, immediate surrounding area isn't anything to get excited about).
They have a cool turtle pond and a bowling alley in the middle of campus! Makes them #2 in my book.
Fun fact: The turtle pond is a memorial for the victims of the Charles Whitman tower shooting.
Another fun fact: In addition to an on-campus bowling alley, there is an on-campus shooting range.
I've actually been in American high schools that have old shooting ranges in their basements. They are now just used as miscellaneous storage areas. Guess teaching teenagers how to use guns is no longer on the curriculum.
I believe UT's gun range is actually run and maintained by a student organization, not the university itself. But it's definitely on campus, it's right next to the stadium.
UT reminded me a lot of Michigan...except with better weather.
Agree to disagree with you there. Way too hot for me.
The campus is very nice, however.
You have not been in Austin from June-September I presume?
Hot as hell, brown landscape from everything dying from the heat isn't quite my cup of tea.
Austin's campus reminded me a bit of MSUs...sprawled out but pretty. UT's stadium, being all above-ground, is huuuuuuge.
When I was stationed in Texas, Austin was home away from home. Lots of festivals, live music, and the girls down there are incredible. 6th street!
I drove by it on the expressway while driving from Dallas to San Antonio. What I learned about it was... it is very close to the expressway.
That's pretty much all I have to report.
There are many nice aspects about UT's campus (the 40 acres, as it is known down here). That said, it does not have that old world acadamia feel that typically gets high ratings for this type of comparison. The buildings are a mis-match of old and new. Other than the UT Tower, which is an admin building, it does not really have that one iconic area where students gather. From "the drag" (a strip of restuarants, bars and shops) to DKR stadium (hello Godzillatron), to Bass concert hall, to the Blanton (a very nice on-campus art museum), and the rest of Austin itself (mainly Nov - April) there are many great things about the UT campus, just nothing to help it rise to the elite.
With all this succession talk of a North Colorado, will the Buffaloes have to change their school name?
but I have heard that Northern Colorado's state animal will be the loon.
clickwhore sites like this frustrate me, otherwise a good read
"The Clickwhores(TM)" is the name of my new band. Please cease and desist use of the name.
edit: entertaining enough would probably be a better description
I have been to all these campuses outside of UGA. I have to say this list is spot on. My favorite campus was probably in Boulder, CO, as it reminded me a lot of Ann Arbor... only in the mountains, and that is tough to beat.
For some reason she wanted to get away from A2 where she grew up, so that left out UM. Since I spent my summers in Colorado up in the mountains I was hoping she'd choose CU, but she chose Madison. It's a great town, but I don't think the campus is all that great itself. Boulder looks spectacular.
Parts of the UW-Madison campus are lovely (such as Bascom Hill), and so are individual buildings. The campus as a whole? Not so much.
Miami (NTM), on the other hand, has a beautiful campus. I went to school there, and the surrounding town is little more than an afterthought.
Pepperdine: Right on the other side of the Pacific Coast Highway, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Bethune Cookman: Campus buildings are a little old and dated, but campus is less than five miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
I almost committed on the spot when I received Pepperdine literature in the mail while a high schooler. The picture of the campus nestled along the Pacific coast is still etched in my mind. I discovered the Huron River to be equally enchanting, though, and chose UM. Also couldn't afford a flight to CA back in the day.
Disagree about Pepperdine. Sure, it's right by the ocean with great views, but Holy lord there's nothing there. Tiny campus, very few restaurants, no bars or shops or any social stuff at all. There's no town, just a secluded campus in a beautiful location.
I'd put UCSD and UCSB ahead of Pepperdine (those are right on the water too) and even those don't hold a candle to the schools on this list.
Spot on, Wolvie. Always fascinates me how Pepperdine garners such high ratings. Malibu is awesome scenery however there is nothing else there. (Have spent several years on South Pacific islands and scenery alone wears on you after awhile. “Island Fever”) UCSD with Scripps right there and other places of interest plus the beach and UCSB just as awesome. Both are better IMO.
One unique, but very prominent source of national publicity began in 1976 when Seaver College became the filming location of the television show Battle of the Network Stars. It was estimated that 40 million viewers tuned in regularly and witnessed the beautiful seaside campus.
USD isn't right on the ocean but overlooks it on a cliff. It's got some of the most stunning views in San Diego and the entire campus has that mission-style architecture. I think it's too small for a list like this, but I would argue it's even prettier than UCSD. UCSD has some horrid architecture.
Agreed - USD is also very pretty. Agreed also that it's too small for a list like this. Very close to the coolest beaches in SD as well (PB, Mission Beach, OB).
When I was in HS, Pepperdine was the first school I heard of with the locale near the ocean. I heard about it when the Fab 5 Michigan team played them in the tournament. Ever since then, I wanted to visit to the school to see if the view was really that great. Looks like I have a couple more schools to add to my next visit out the Cali.
Yeah - if you went to Pepperdine (as a student, I mean) you would love the view immediately, but be bored out of your ever loving mind shortly thereafter. It's a very religious school, so it is intentionally quiet and free of typical college social activity.
UCSB, OTOH, is also right on the ocean about an hour and a half north, but is a total party town with chicks walking around in bikinis all year round. Both kinds of scenery, if you know what I mean. Plus Santa Barbara is one of the prettiest and overall awesomest cities in CA.
I don't know that Pepperdine is underrated. It's pretty regularly chosen as the best campus in these types of rankings.
Another smaller school to add; Redlands in Redlands, CA. Same size campus as USC, with 1/8 the students, close to the beach, and the mountains, as well as great golf in Palm Springs and just an hour from LA.
Also has the winningest 4 year college football team in California.
Was my backup to Michigan
I grudgingly admit that Indiana does have a beautiful campus. Michigan is better, but hey I'm biased.
Agreed. I think Bloomington and Madison are the Big Ten schools that are in that top group with Michigan.
West Point is very underrated. It's a must see.
and while we're at it, Air Force is quite spectacular as well. Right at the base of the Rockies...quite picturesque.
Will give the nod to USMA, however, us marine and navy types would feel that scenes of sail boats and crabbers heading out to sea, the sea air, the quaint town of Annapolis and the historic structures and landscape surrounding Chesapeake Bay makes USNA very appealing.
West Point just has nothing there. The scenery blows Annapolis away and I'm a huge sucker for Gothic architecture at colleges. But the USNA campus is beautiful in its own way and Annapolis is just a much more interesting town with a lot going on.
It's location is amazing. Was blown away driving across the Severn River and seeing the campus in the distance.
You can do Google Maps for the satellite view over these stadiums and be impressed with the nature surrounding it.
Beautiful town, and I love the campus. There is a great view of the USNA from across the Severn. There's a WWII memorial across the bridge that is pretty impressive in its own right. The view of the USNA from the memorial is stunning.
Also, if you ever have a chance, try to visit during commisioning week (their graduation week). They really spruce everything up (new coats of paint, etc.), and the spring weather is usually amazing. Plus, there is a lot of excitement as the midshipmen learn what they will be doing (subs, marines, seals, etc.).
As for Annapolis, there are good restaurants and some decent nightlife. I would recommend trying to get out on a boat on the Chesapeake and Severn River. There are various cruises that will take you around the area.
I think I just talked myself into taking a trip out there one of these weekends while the weather is nice.
With that said, Ann Arbor is better, but Annapolis is a close 2nd to me.
We love Annapolis. We used to live only 20 minutes away, so would be there just about every weekend when it was nice out. Very dog friendly town, so would regularly eat at ACME on Main Street (our dog always tries to cross the street to goto ACME and will sit down in front of the table we normally eat at). Also loved McGarvey's "locals" happy hour, 50 cent oysters on Fridays until 8PM.
The USNA grounds are beautiful, very serene.
It's also a boater's paradise.
Get to Annapolis early during Commissioning Week, though. Traffic becomes an absolute nightmare. Getting to downtown, even worse.
Sounds great, but I'd stay away from the ball bearings appetizer! /Roadrunner'd
and your avatar has a Navy vessel. When does Colorado Springs come into the picture?
Is that the best picture they could get though for us? A picture from probably late February?
Investopedia is like BleacherReport for finance. Anyone can post. I agree with the list, but it's not something that carries any merit.
Penn State has a beautiful campus. MSU north of the river is very nice (south of the river sucks though). Purdue, for being in the middle of God-knows-where, actually has done a nice job of sticking with a single look throughout most of their buildings and not doing flashy modern buildings that look old in a decade. Wisconsin is very nice as well. Indiana is great because it's like 100% limestone, very consistent and very gorgeous.
Haven't been to the rest as of yet, but everything I've heard gives the B1G a pretty good name when it comes to campus beauty.
is okay, too. I was there last month and spent a couple days. The only thing about it is that once you get outside the city limits, its farm land. Flat and uninspiring. But the campus and the city of Champaign is pretty nice.
The only thing about it is that once you get outside the city limits, its farm land. Flat and uninspiring.
You've just described a large portion of the Big 10. Iowa, Michigan State, and Purdue could all say the same thing.
I guess so, never really thought about it. Iowa for sure. Purdue makes sense. Every time I was in EL though I was drunk, so...
Purdue is on low bluffs overlooking the Wabash River. Iowa is similar, on the Iowa River. There's some roll to the terrain on MSU's campus. But Champaign County, Illinois, is as flat as it gets.
I've never been to UGA but this seems like a well-done list
Wait. The B-52s are considered "famous musicians?" I guess never underestimate the power and allure of "Love Shack." I spent a summer at Loyola Marymount's campus and really enjoyed the views. It felt more like a resort than a college campus. Jesuits don't play.
Stanford is one of the best campuses I've ever seen, should definitely be included
Stanford is very nice, but it does not feel very collegey. It feels more like a Palm Springs resort for retired people. It is also separated from Palo Alto.
It is not as collegey as UM with the town inside the university, but it is gorgeous and it definitely has the college feel with people in bikes everywhere...
Did not know Boulder was that close to the Rockies. Also, why is Investopedia doing a list of the best college cmapuses?
No Ypsilanti? Puh-leeze. The gigantic phallus alone warrants mention.
After it snows
That's still standing??? Guess the first virgin hasn't graduated yet. (Old EMU legend) GO HURONS!!! #OldSchool
Some interesting campuses (not necessarily the best, but interesting):
Columbia: They managed to put an actual college campus (albeit a very small one) right in the middle of New York City. It's the anti-NYU in that sense, which has no campus at all.
Cornell: Surrounded by hill and gorges, it's beautiful in the fall.
Duke: The whole main campus looks like the Michigan Law Quad.
Lehigh: The campus is carved out of the side of a small mountain on a swithcback road. Every section of the road overlooks the section below it.
Virginia: You are back in time to Colonial Jeffersonian America.
I have always found Duke's campus to be absolutely gorgeous; the architecture, the design, and the grounds. I understand that Durham isn't exactly paradise as it surrounds it, but Chapel Hill is quite nice and right next door. Makes me wonder why Duke isn't included on these lists more often. Am I crazy?
UC San Diego is a gem, as well.
The area surrounding UCSD is fantastic. The campus itself kind of sucks. It is rather dreary despite being one of the best locations for a college in North America, the architecture of the buildings leaves a lot to be desired. The school's most prominent feature is the Geisel library and even that is mostly due to its design and not necessarily because it is pretty.
I worked there during a summer program as an undergrad and, with the exception of Scripps, every cool place we went to was off-campus.
Anyone else notice in the Michigan blurb that they called IU "the University of Indiana"?
U of M (obviously), Boulder, Berkeley, Palo Alto, Madison, U of Chicago (just don't go over the Midway or on the other side of Washington Park), Williams, Princeton, Oberlin, UVA, Duke, LSU, Indiana, and UCLA. But my absolute favorite is the University of Washington.
Kenyon, Princeton, UCLA, Suwanee, Claremont. Not so much about big-time sports, obviously. Maybe Haverford is in there somewhere. I give an edge to places that managed to avoid building anything in the nasty 60's and 70's.
...on Michigan's campus. Central Campus is still nice but they've had a bad habit of jamming more buildings in it over the past 20 years. And it's also been creeping into the city too which, I feel, threatens what had been a very nice town/gown balance. If they're not careful, I could easily imagine returning in 20 years and being unpleasantly shocked by what it has become.
North Campus looks lovely but the problem is that almost nobody wants to actually be there for any lenghty amount of time.
And the Medical Campus is, frankly, an outright abomination, like a giant tumour growing on the city.