Winter Wonderland: The 11 Most Beautiful Winter College Campuses

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Winter Wonderland: The 11 Most Beautiful Winter College Campuses

11. University of Colorado Boulder



All of the Colorado schools boast enviable locations, but Boulder’s campus is on the edge of Rocky Mountain National Park. Though it’s hard to go wrong in such a beautiful location, Boulder’s expansive campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. If you’re interested in skiing or snowboarding, the school’s year-around skiing and snowboarding club, Boulder Freeride, has been a staple of student life since 1933.


10. University of Virginia



This 200-year-old university is technically a World Heritage Site, the only college with the distinction. The campus’s crowning jewel is the Rotunda (pictured above) which was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Though Charlottesville doesn’t get as much snow as some of the other schools on our list, it’s stunning when it does. The 1,682 acre Charlottesville campus is referred to as “the grounds” by the community of over 20,000 students.


9. Mount Holyoke College



Mount Holyoke College is one of the original Seven Sisters schools, and the college is still women only, home to around 2,500 young women from all over the world. The cozy rural New England campus was designed by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and is one of the most beautiful schools in the country.


8. Dartmouth College



Dartmouth is the smallest of the eight Ivy League schools, with a campus older than the country in which it sits. The rural campus lies along the Connecticut River, and many of the buildings are centered around a 5-acre square known as “The Green.” Every February, the school holds a winter carnival with snow sculptures and athletic events on The Green.


7. Harvard University



The 380-year-old Ivy League university is located in Cambridge, just a few miles from downtown Boston. Many of the school’s 6,700 undergraduates live in residential houses along the Charles River or near the famous Harvard Yard. The often snowy New England climate gives many of the school’s international and out-of-state students a crash course in winter.


6. Notre Dame University



Notre Dame University’s 1,250-acre campus sits just a few miles south of the Indiana-Michigan border. It’s home to a number of historic buildings and recognizable landmarks. The famed Golden Dome (pictured above) has become one of the primary symbols of the university and is frequently used as a designated meeting place by students.


5. Syracuse University



Syracuse University’s campus comprises most of the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York, and has been a central presence in the city since 1870. The 15,097 undergrads enjoy a wealth of architectural styles in the buildings they study, eat, and live in on-campus. Syracuse is one of the snowiest schools on the list, and winter temperatures frequently drop below zero.


4. Indiana University – Bloomington



Over 32,000 undergraduates attend Indiana University Bloomington, making the university the largest within the Indiana State University system as well its flagship program. Many of the central buildings were built with local Indiana limestone in the late nineteenth century. Students looking for a refuge from the winter weather can always stop by the school’s eight-story student union, which is the largest student union in the United States.


3. Wake Forest University


This North Carolina university is located in the suburban Winston-Salem area. Over 4,800 undergraduates call Wake Forest University home. Though the winters are mild compared to some of the other schools on the list, it does snow a few times a year. The most recognizable feature of the campus is the Wait Chapel, pictured above.


2. Bryn Mawr College



Bryn Mawr is only four miles from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but the campus can feel much more rural. Like Mount Holyoke, Frederick Law Olmsted had a hand in the school’s design. Many of the school’s 1,300 undergraduates live in the nineteenth century residence halls modeled after those at Cambridge University.


1. University of Hawaii



If snow isn’t your thing, you could always wile away your winters at University of Hawaii, where the average January temperature is around 77 °F (25 °C). The university hasn’t had a single snow day since it opened its gates a century ago. But if you change your mind, you could always try Hawaii’s three tallest volcanoes, the summits of which see snow a few times a year.

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