97 of the Most Beautiful University Campuses

Some universities have book smarts, some have street smarts and some are just nice to look at. These 97 colleges have it all.

Below you’ll find a few beloved favourites (here’s looking at you Oxbridge) and a few pleasant surprises (Who knew the University of Peradeniya was so beautiful?).

Let's explore the best university campuses in the world, based on their beauty.

Here’s how our list works:

  1. Universities are grouped by continent and the US is broken down further by region.
  2. The rankings are based off of QS World Ranking System, except when noted otherwise.
  3. Cost is based off international undergraduate tuition:
    • USD 0 - 10,000 : $
    • USD 11,000 - 25,000 : $$
    • USD 26,000 - 40,000: $$$
    • USD 40,000+ : $$$$
  4. Selectivity is based off of university acceptance rates:
    • 100% -75%: Not Selective
    • 74% - 50%: Somewhat Selective
    • 49% - 30%: Selective
    • 29% - 10%: Very Selective
    • 10% and below: Extremely Selective

Disclaimer: The schools are not ranked from ugliest to prettiest but are simply arranged by location. Sorry if this is disappointing to hear. However, we hand selected all of the universities on this list and we believe they are all stunning.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

West Coast, USA

1. University of California, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara, California

It’s really hard to complain when your classes are this close to the ocean and it’s always sunny outside. Although, you still have to take finals.

Quick Facts

QS World Ranking: 118

Undergraduate Population: 20,607

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Selective

2. Pepperdine University: Malibu, California

Mediterranean architecture, views of the Pacific ocean from your dorm and study dates in the sand, what more could you want?

pepperdine-malibu-campus-locations

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 260

Undergraduate Population: 3,533

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Selective

3. University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles, California

There’s a reason why most movies about college are filmed at UCLA, it’s stunning, iconic, and right next door to Hollywood.

Quick Facts: QS World Ranking: 31

Undergraduate Population: 31,000

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

4. Scripps College: Claremont, California

Sorry boys, this beautiful college is just for girls. Scripps’ Mediterranean and Spanish influence features white walls, Spanish-style tiles, arches and fountains creating a truly “California” campus.

Scripps

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 943

Undergraduate Population: 973

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

5. Claremont McKenna College: Claremont, California

Luckily, Scripps has a few sister colleges that are co-ed, including Claremont McKenna. Claremont McKenna's modern buildings and California architecture make for quite the pretty campus.

claremont-mckenna-college

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 615

Undergraduate Population: 1,328

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

6. University of Colorado, Boulder: Boulder, Colorado

Built at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the university blends in seamlessly with its surroundings due to the campus’s use of local sandstone, limestone and red tile roofs. Don’t forget to hit the ski slopes at least once while you’re there!

Colorado

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 170

Undergraduate Population: 27,010

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

7. Whitman College: Walla Walla, Washington

Whitman College is nestled in the forests of the Pacific Northwest with miles of trails, a geothermal spring, and a creek that runs through campus.

Whitman

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 463

Undergraduate Population: 1,470

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Selective

8. University of Washington: Seattle, Washington

This university is best known for its beautiful cherry blossom trees but its natural beauty doesn’t stop there. The campus also features great views of Mt. Rainier, the Olympic mountains and Lake Washington.

Washington

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 59

Undergraduate Population: 31,063

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Selective

9. Lewis & Clark College: Portland, Oregon

If you like the woods or simply want to feel like a fairy tale character, this college is for you.

Lewis and Clark

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 355

Undergraduate Population: 2,209

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

10. University of Montana: Missoula, Montana

With 60 different styles of architecture sprinkled throughout campus, the University of Montana is an eclectic university like no other.

Montana

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 701+

Undergraduate Population: 8,732

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Not Selective

Midwest, USA

1. University of Chicago: Chicago, Illinois

Historically built to look like Oxford university, UChicago’s newer buildings add a more modern touch to the already stunning campus.

UChicago

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 10

Undergraduate Population: 5,844

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

2. Northwestern University: Evanston, Illinois

Just a half an hour outside of bustling Chicago, Northwestern is filled to the brim with natural beauty dotted with impressive architecture.

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 26

Undergraduate Population: 8,314

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

3. University of Notre Dame: Notre Dame, Illinois

Nature and spirituality come together to create Notre Dame’s elegant campus. The famous Golden Dome sits at the heart of campus sparkling in the sunshine ('cause it's covered in real gold). #ballin

NotreDame

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 203

Undergraduate Population: 8,462

Cost: $$$$ Selectivity: Very Selective

4. University of Indiana: Bloomington, Indiana

This gorgeous campus was built using local limestone almost two hundred years ago. And when you see the 1,200 miles of surrounding trails, you’ll never think of Indiana as a "Flyover State" again.

Indiana

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 291

Undergraduate Population: 39,814

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

5. Washington University: St. Louis, Missouri

WashU has had the honour of hosting the World’s Fair and the Olympics, which says a lot about its stunning campus.

P.S. Hot air balloon not always included.

WashU St Louis

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 106

Undergraduate Population: 7,504

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

6. Miami University: Oxford, Ohio

When poet Robert Frost calls a university “the most beautiful campus that ever there was,” you know it must be stunning.

Miami 13

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 701+

Undergraduate Population: 16,387

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

South, USA

1. Vanderbilt University: Nashville, Tennessee

Aside from the ornate, red brick buildings that characterise quintessential southern schools, one thing that makes Vanderbilt truly unique is its grounds. The entire school is actually an arboretum, featuring almost 200 types of trees.

Vanderbilt

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 203

Undergraduate Population: 6,883

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

2. University of Mississippi: Oxford, Mississippi

When you dream of the quintessential southern University, you are probably dreaming of the University of Mississippi, better known as “Ole Miss.” Tailgating a football game at The Grove is once in a lifetime experience that will definitely make you forget that you are supposed to be studying.

Ole Miss

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 601

Undergraduate Population: 23,838

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

3. Covenant College: Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Covenant offers some of the most breathtaking views in the country. You can see 7 states from campus! With a view so wonderful, it’s no surprise that the college was built to emphasise its surrounding beauty by ensuring that every building have a ton of windows built in.

Covenant

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 1336

Undergraduate Population: 1,044

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

4. Emory University: Druid Hills, Georgia

One of the most unique parts of Emory’s campus is Lullwater Park, which is loaded with seemingly endless trails, a stunning suspension bridge and a multitude of areas to sit, study and have a picnic.

Emory

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 149

Undergraduate Population: 6,867

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

5. Rollins College: Winter Park, Florida

You want a lake on campus? Check. How about a chapel modelled after a cathedral in Spain? Check. Ever dreamed of having a greenhouse and a rose garden on campus? Double check. Rollins College is everything you’ve ever dreamed of and more.

Rollins

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 468

Undergraduate Population: 1,948

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

6. Furman University: Greenville, South Carolina

This lakeside beauty nestled in the foothills of the Blue Mountains is dusted with charming fountains, numerous gardens and a former Buddhist temple, referred to as the Palace of Peace. Furman is picture-perfect in every way.

Furman

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 349

Undergraduate Population: 2,731

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

7. College of Charleston: Charleston, South Caronlina

Romantic doesn’t do this stunning 'city campus' justice. Cobblestone streets, southern colonial architecture and oak trees bring this school to life. As for the classrooms? Many of them are historic homes with sweeping piazzas and wrought iron.

Charleston

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 305

Undergraduate Population: 10,468

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

8. Montreat College: Montreat, North Carolina

Montreat’s name literally means “Mountain Retreat,” how much more serene can you get?

Montreat

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 1247

Undergraduate Population: 808

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

9. Wake Forest University: Salem, North Carolina

Huddled between a multitude of trees, mountains and the coast, Wake Forest boasts some of the most beautiful fall foliage around the country.

Wake Forest 1

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 401

Undergraduate Population: 4,871

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

10. Duke University: Durham, North Carolina

Famous for its Collegiate Gothic architecture, the 210-ft chapel and 700 acre forest- Duke’s campus is instantly recognisable. Be sure to check out the duke gardens in the evening and watch the sunset behind the chapel.

Duke Chapel close up

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 24

Undergraduate Population: 6,639

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

11. Elon University: Elon, North Carolina

The entire school is classified as a botanical garden. Enough said.

Elon

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 323

Undergraduate Population: 5,903

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

12. University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

University of North Carolina’s stunning Old Well, which is based on the Temple of Love in the Gardens of Versailles, is the sight of many romantic moments. It’s almost impossible to step on campus and not want to apply right away.

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 78

Undergraduate Population: 18,523

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

13. University of Virginia: Charlottesville, Virginia

Only three man-made modern U.S. structures are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Rotunda at the University of Virginia (UVA) is one of them. If that didn’t convince you of the campus’s beauty, the entire school was named “the proudest achievement of American architecture in the past 200 years” by the American Institute of Architects.

UVA

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 172

Undergraduate Population: 16,736

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

14. College of William and Mary: Williamsburg, Virginia

Looking to study in your own cozy outdoor area? Look no further. The College of William and Mary boasts over 1200 acres filled with a multitude of nooks and crannies to explore.

William and Mary

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 551

Undergraduate Population: 6,301

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

15. University of Richmond: Richmond, Virginia

Red brick buildings, Westhampton Lake and the hills of Richmond make this campus absolutely beautiful. Throw in a prominent American landscape designer and a historically important architect and you have yourself a stunning university.

Richmond

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 238

Undergraduate Population: 2,990

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Selective

Mid Atlantic, USA

1. Georgetown University: Washington, D.C.

Georgetown’s historic location along the tree-lined Potomac River mixes natural beauty with elegant architecture. Apparently, Harry Potter was almost filmed here.

Georgetown Riverview

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 214

Undergraduate Population: 7,562

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

2. Johns Hopkins University: Baltimore, Maryland

Johns Hopkins feels like a big southern school. If that big southern school was a liberal arts university and in the middle of a big city.

Hopkins

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 17

Undergraduate Population: 6,524

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

3. University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

You can’t help but feel like you’re part of history when you step on UPenn’s campus. An oasis within the city of Philadelphia, UPenn’s quad is the place to be.

Penn

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 18

Undergraduate Population: 9,726

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

4. Bryn Mawr College: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Bryn Mawr means “big hill” in Welsh, which is fitting because the campus is set along hilly terrain just outside of downtown Philadelphia. It’s also a women’s college (unless you’re a graduate student).

Bryn Mawr

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 217*

Undergraduate Population: 1,346

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Selective

5. Monmouth University: West Long Branch, New Jersey

Monmouth’s main building, Wilson Hall, looks like the castle of your dreams.

Monmouth

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 376

Undergraduate Population: 4,693

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

5. Princeton University: Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton’s beautiful Collegiate Gothic architecture is even more spectacular because of the ivy on its walls. The University is also home to the third-largest college chapel in the world.

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 11

Undergraduate Population: 5,402

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

7. Cornell University: Ithaca, New York

Located in the Adirondack Mountains, Cornell gets major bragging rights for having eight waterfalls on campus.

Cornell

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 16

Undergraduate Population: 14,315

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

8. Hamilton College: Clinton, New York

This small, “College on the Hill” makes for a great getaway from busy city life. The fall is especially stunning.

Hamilton

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 521

Undergraduate Population: 1,872

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

9. Vassar College: Arlington, New York

Vassar is known best for it’s recently renovated quad. Although, even if the quad was still under construction this college would have make our list for it’s jaw dropping fall foliage.

Vassar

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 268

Undergraduate Population: 2,345

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

10. Colgate University: Hamilton, New York

Maple and Oak trees line Colgate’s stunning campus, which overlooks farms, hills, and wooded areas around upstate New York.

Colgate

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 389

Undergraduate Population: 2,853

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

North East

1. Yale University: New Haven, Connecticut

Step inside the campus walls and prepare to be transported back in time to the Middle Ages. Don’t forget your turkey leg!

Yale-University

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 15

Undergraduate Population: 5,532

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

2. Harvard University: Cambridge, Massachusetts

It’s no surprise that the oldest university in the US is the epitome of brains and beauty. The sprawling campus has an eclectic mix of city and campus life, making it especially unique among the Ivy Leagues.

harvard-university-education

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 3

Undergraduate Population: 6,699

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Situated along the Charles River, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) architecture and sculptures make it stand out amongst the many other colleges near it. Look out for the Great Dome and the Stata Center.

MIT

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 1

Undergraduate Population: 4,524

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

4. Smith College: Northampton, Massachusetts

Smith college is the third all-women’s college to make our list! Its campus is a hodgepodge of natural beauty, tradition buildings and modern architecture.

Smith

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 701+

Undergraduate Population: 2,478

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Selective

5. Salve Regina University: Newport, Rhode Island

There’s only one word to describe Salve Regina: Grand. But then again, what else can you expect from a college made from Gilded Age mansions?

Salve

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 777

Undergraduate Population: 2,158

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

6. Dartmouth College: Hanover, New Hampshire

This rural, Ivy league campus offers a multitude of outdoor activities both on campus and off, even in the dead of winter, which seems to last forever here. Students are also required to spend at least one summer on campus, and it’s no surprise some come back for more.

Dartmouth

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 158

Undergraduate Population: 4,307

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

7. Middlebury College: Middlebury, Vermont

Part of Middlebury’s campus is on Bread Loaf Mountain. The name alone is scrumptious enough to include the college on this list. But if that wasn’t convincing enough, the college also has 270 miles of trails and some of the most beautiful winters in the country.

Oh, and they also have their own private ski mountain.

Middlebury

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 206

Undergraduate Population: 2,562

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

8. University of Vermont: Burlington, Vermont

If we told you that you had to check out the university's Old Mill, you'd probably get lost looking at all the beautiful buildings along the way.

U Vermont

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 551

Undergraduate Population: 10,973

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

9. Colby College: Waterville, Maine

Albeit, relatively difficult to get to, Colby is well worth the trek to Waterville. Once you get there, you’ll be greeted by a multitude of trees, a bird sanctuary, stunning buildings and the Johnson Pond.

Colby

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 273*

Undergraduate Population: 1,857

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

10. College of the Atlantic: Bar Harbor, Maine

College of the Atlantic's campus has a special connection the environment around it. The campus considers the Atlantic Ocean its front yard, has two organic farms and a couple offshore island research stations.

Atlantic

Quick Facts:

Uni Rank: 980

Undergraduate Population: 388

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

Canada

1. McGill University: Montreal, Canada

Also known as the Harvard of Canada, it’s a good thing McGill’s campus looks beautiful in the snow...

McGill

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 30

Undergraduate Population: 27,475

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Selective

2. University of British Columbia: Vancouver, British Columbia

This campus is filled to the brim with gardens of all shapes and sizes including a rose garden with ocean views.

UBritish Columbia.pg

Quick Facts: QS World Ranking: 45

Undergraduate Population: 34,098

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Selective

3. Royal Roads University: Victoria, British Columbia

Administrative tasks seem a lot more fun when the main administrative building on campus is in an actual castle.

Royal-Roads

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: Unranked

Undergraduate Population: 5,300

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

Europe

1. Coimbra University: Coimbra, Portugal

The Baroque-style library on campus is one of the most stunning libraries in the world. Its bookshelves are made with Brazilian wood shipped from Portugal’s settlements in the New World!

Coimbra

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 451

Undergraduate Population: 9,859

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Selective

2. University of Salamanca: Salamanca, Spain

Some of the most stunning pieces of Plateresque facade are found on Salamanca's campus. Many of the buildings are covered in stucco with motifs etched into their surfaces. It’s quite the exotic university.

Salamanca

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 651-700

Undergraduate Population: 28,000

Cost: $

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

3. University of Acala: Alcala de Henares, Spain

It’s hard not to fall in love with Alcala. Its notoriously laid-back attitude, stunning 16th century buildings and charming walkways make it one of the most relaxing places to study.

Alcala

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 601-650

Undergraduate Population: 20,000

Cost: $

Selectivity: Not Selective

4. Paris-Sorbonne University: Paris, France

When the center of your campus consists of the most recognizable building in Paris’ Latin Quarter, you know you’re doing something right.

Paris-Sorbonne-University-Paris-France

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 221

Undergraduate Population: 13,900

Cost: $

Selectivity: Not Selective

5. University of Rostock: Rostock, Germany

The most stunning part of this campus is the striking terracotta, red and white main building. The building is a fantastic example of 19th century Renaissance Revival architecture and sets this campus apart from many of its European counterparts.

Uni-rostock

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 651-700

Undergraduate Population: 14,417 (2013)

Cost: $

Selectivity: Selective

6. University of Amsterdam: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Grab some friends, get on a boat and sail the day away in one of the many canals around campus. P.S. don’t forget the stoopwafel!

Amsterdam Canal

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 57

Undergraduate Population: 19,388

Cost: $

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

7. University of Leuven: Leuven, Belgium

The university’s main building is so elaborate and gigantic, it’s not hard to believe that it used to be a Chateau.

Leuven

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 79

Undergraduate Population: 55,484

Cost: $

Selectivity: Not Selective

8. Wroclaw University: Wroclaw, Poland

Although Wroclaw has the typical European campus style, it also has a few striking modern buildings, which helps it stand out from the crowd of Gothic Colleges.

Wroclaw

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 701+

Undergraduate Population: 25,721 (may include graduates)

Cost: $

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

9. Vienna University of Economics and Business: Vienna, Austria

The Library and Learning Center is like something straight out of a sci-fi film. You’ll want to spend your days getting lost in the sweeping curves and secret nooks throughout the building.

Vienna

Quick Facts:

Times Higher Education Ranking: 161

Undergraduate Population: 22,000

Cost: $

Selectivity: Not Selective

10. Bologna University: Bologna, Italy

Bologna’s campus is literally Bologna, the city. The university’s buildings are sprinkled in with coffee shops, bookstores and a ton of restaurants adding to the liveliness of the campus.

bologna-italy

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 208 (2015/2016)

Undergraduate Population: 52,787

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Selective

11. Aarhus University: Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus is one of the freshest universities in Europe (and by fresh I mean built 1930) and is still under some construction. The university’s buildings all have yellow bricks and tile roofs and are all surrounded by sweeping green lawns, creating a dream-like campus.

Aarhus

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 107 (2015/2016)

Undergraduate Population: 17,504

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Selective

12. University of Southern Denmark: Odense, Denmark

People don’t often refer to European Universities as modern but the University of Southern Denmark rivals some of the sleekest buildings in Asia.

Southern Denmark

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 390

Undergraduate Population: 26,034 (2012)

Cost: $

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

13. University of Copenhagen: Copenhagen, Denmark

This city campus boasts the oldest library in Denmark and... you guessed it... it’s stunning.

Copenhagen

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 68

Undergraduate Population: 21,764

Cost: $

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

14. Uppsala University: Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala gets 18 hours of sunshine in the summer. ‘Nuff said. (Don’t ask about their winters)

Uppsala

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 98

Undergraduate Population: 14,025

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

15. University of Oslo: Oslo, Norway

If you love patterns, this is the university for you. Your Instagram will thank you later.

Oslo

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 113

Undergraduate Population: 34,846

Cost: $

Selectivity: Selective

16. University of Glasgow: Glasgow, Scotland

With it fluted columns and dramatic archways it’s no wonder the University of Glasgow was the center of the Scottish Enlightenment.

Glasgow

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 63

Undergraduate Population: 19, 230

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Selective

17. University of St. Andrews: St. Andrews, Scotland

This University is so beautiful, it literally turns people into princesses. #KateMiddleton

St. Andrews

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 77

Undergraduate Population: 8,790

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

18. University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh, Scotland

The University of Edinburgh has been on every “World’s Most Beautiful Campuses” list since the beginning of time. Seriously. The University was founded the same year as the modern Gregorian calendar was implemented.

Edinburgh

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 19

Undergraduate Population: 23,301

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

19. National University of Ireland: Galway, Ireland

Local limestone buildings set against bright green grass and ivy is a sight for sore eyes.

Ireland

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 249

Undergraduate Population: 12,464

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Selective

20. Trinity College: Dublin, Ireland

The combination of cobblestone walkways, sweeping green lawns and 18th century buildings make Trinity the ideal Irish college.

trinity

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 98

Undergraduate Population: 12,420 (2014)

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Very Selective

21. The Queen's University of Belfast: Belfast, Northern Ireland

This campus boasts almost 300 different buildings, all beautiful in their own way.

Belfast

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 195

Undergraduate Population: 18,875 (2014/2015)

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

22. Oxford University: Oxford, England

Harry Potter was actually filmed here. The place is obviously magical.

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 6

Undergraduate Population: 11,728

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

23. Cambridge University: Cambridge, England

Cambridge’s iconic Gothic architecture and historic campus inspires students around the world to either apply or take a semester abroad there. It also doesn’t hurt that Cambridge is one of the best Universities in the world.

Cambridge

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 4

Undergraduate Population: 12,220

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Very Selective

24. Royal Holloway, University of London: Egham, England

The chateau-like Founder’s building is home to the set of Downton Abbey!

Royal Holloway  University of London

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 235

Undergraduate Population: 7,489

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

25. Durham University: Durham, England

One way to make your friends jealous is to live in England. Another way is to live in castle. Luckily Durham’s got you covered.

Durham-University

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 74

Undergraduate Population: 13,265 (2015/2016)

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

Middle East/Africa

1. Technion- Israel Institute of Technology: Haifa, Israel

Technion is located up on Mt. Carmel, surrounded by pine trees and sweeping views of Israel. Sidenote- Did someone say caramel??

Technion

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 213

Undergraduate Population: 9,251 (2014)

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Selective

2. Alexandria University: Alexandria, Egypt

The founders of the city basically invented the concept of a university and housed the most important library of the ancient world, sounds like a pretty good place study to me.

Alexandria-University

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 701+

Undergraduate Population: 45,000+ (may include grad students)

Cost: $

Selectivity: Not Selective

3. Stellenbosch University: Stellenbosch, South Africa

Like wine? Then Stellenbosch University was made for you. The campus is surrounded by wineries!

Stellenbosch-Un

Quick Facts: QS World Ranking: 395

Undergraduate Population: 19,042

Cost: $

Selectivity: Selective

4. University of Cape Town: Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Cape Town literally looks like it was etched into the mountain behind it. Not only is the scenery diverse here, so are the students. The university’s population hails from over 100 countries from around the world.

Cape Town

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 191

Undergraduate Population: 18,421

Cost: $

Selectivity: Selective

Asia

1. University of Mumbai: Mumbai, India

Located in the vibrant city of Mumbai, this campus’s sweeping archways and lush surroundings can’t be beat.

Mumbai

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 701+

Undergraduate Population: 549,432

Cost: $

Selectivity: Not Selective

2. Peking University: Peking, China

It’s no surprise that one of the top universities in China also boasts some of the most exemplary examples of Chinese architecture. Not to mention that the campus sits on a former imperial garden.

Winter in Peking University Winter in 2013.jpeg

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 39

Undergraduate Population: 18,737

Cost: $

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

3. Yonsei University: Seoul, South Korea

One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in South Korea, Yonsei prides itself on its ancient architecture and luscious green landscape.

Yonsei

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 112

Undergraduate Population: 26,731

Cost: $

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

4. Xiamen University: Xiamen, Fujian, China

With mountains behind it and a sea in front of it, Xiamen University makes for a picture-perfect postcard (or Snapchat) moment.

Xiamen

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 451-460

Undergraduate Population: 17,847

Cost: $

Selectivity: Selective

5. Tsinghua University: Beijing, China

Although Tsinghua University mostly consists of Chinese architecture, many of the university’s newer buildings are built using western styles creating a nice balance between old and new.

tsinghua1

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 24

Undergraduate Population: 15,184

Cost: $

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

6. University of Peradeniya: Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

If your definition of paradise is lush green hills, rivers and flowing trees- the University of Peradeniya is for you.

University Of Peradeniya  6

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: Unranked

Undergraduate Population: 9,605

Cost: $

Selectivity: Very Selective

7. Jahangirnagar University Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

As you walk through the main entrance of Jahangirnagar University it is hard not to stare. The deep red buildings play off of the bright green flora and fauna to create a mesmerising campus you will never forget.

Jahangirnagar University in Savar

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: Unranked

Undergraduate Population: 10,983 (2014)

Cost: $

Selectivity: Extremely Selective

8. Nanyang Technological University: Singapore

Everything about this university is cutting age. Most of the intricately designed buildings are covered in green moss creating living structures for all to enjoy.

Nanyang Tech

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 13

Undergraduate Population: 24,312

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

9. Chulalongkorn University:Bangkok, Thailand

Let’s cut to the chase. Yes, the campus is beautiful. Yes, the academics are great. But the reason you’re really here is for the food. Delicious, delicious Thai food.

chulalongkorn-university-1

Quick Facts: QS World Ranking: 252

Undergraduate Population: 25,464

Cost: $

Selectivity: Selective

New Zealand/ Australia

1. University of Otago: Dunedin, New Zealand

Otago feeds off of its breathtaking natural surroundings. Any day spent studying by a river sounds like a good day to me.

Otago

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 169

Undergraduate Population: 14,983

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

2. University of Sydney: Sydney, New South Whales

Sydney definitely has its perks. You get to study at a university that’s modeled after Oxbridge and relax on one of the most famous beaches in the world.

Sydney

Quick Facts: QS World Ranking: 46

Undergraduate Population: 33,505 (2014)

Cost: $$$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

3. University of Western Australia: Perth, Western Australia

When a university’s original plan is to have “buildings in a park,” you know it’s going to be special. The campus accomplishes its intent with a sunken garden, a grass-covered amphitheater and a swan river.

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 102

Undergraduate Population: 19,839

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Not Selective

4. University of Melbourne: Melbourne, Victoria

University of Melbourne’s main campus is just a short walk from the center of the second largest city in Australia. Or a short walk to the beach.

Melbourne

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 42

Undergraduate Population: 25,565

Cost: $$$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

5. University of Queensland: Brisbane, Queensland

From its inception the University of Queensland’s wanted to be a “gem in a beautiful subtropical setting,” it definitely accomplished its goal.

queensland

Quick Facts:

QS World Ranking: 51

Undergraduate Population: 36,322

Cost: $$

Selectivity: Somewhat Selective

Final thoughts...

Hopefully, this article helped open your eyes to the magnificent campuses around the world. If you'd like to receive more content to help you consider your university-options, please subscribe.

Previous Article
College Application Checklist: The Final Countdown
College Application Checklist: The Final Countdown

If you apply to a US or UK college using this college application checklist, your college application will ...

Next Article
How to Pay For College: Navigating the US/UK Minefield
How to Pay For College: Navigating the US/UK Minefield

If you're wondering how much college costs and how you'll be able to pay for college, this blog will walk y...