I am a HUGE university nerd. There are few things I love more than a gorgeous university. When I visit a beautiful university, I summon my inner Hermione Granger and I try to imagine how incredible it would be to study there. I’ve had the chance to do my Master’s degree in Medieval Studies in La Sorbonne and l’Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (after having studied in factory-looking universities) and believe me when I tell you these are stunning places, full of wooden panels, grand pianos and history! Therefore, one of my main goals when traveling through the United States was to visit as many beautiful American universities as possible (also because I’m considering applying for a PhD over there). This is a list of 7 beautiful American Universities you need to check out to satisfy your inner Hermione Granger, from the oldest to the newest!
post written by: Alice
Harvard – established in 1636
The iconic Harvard
is in the town of Cambridge, a subway-ride away from Boston
. It gives a very student feeling to the city where it takes up a lot of space. It’s mostly green grass and red bricks… the d-r-e-a-m!
Columbia University – established in 1754
In the Upper Side of Manhattan
University is the perfect place to go chill when you’re getting tired of the crowd. It’s made of a few buildings close to each other in the city, and some of them are definitely Instagram material!
Upenn – University of Pennsylvania – founded in the mid-18th century
is situated in the ‘university city’ part of the city of Philadelphia
. It was hard not to give them my application, choose my house on campus and never leave again, as I fell in love with the city when we went! Upenn is at the top of my list of universities to apply to and it’s for me the most beautiful American universities we’ve been to.
Georgetown University – established in the last decade of the 18th century
has an infamous past, having held slaves in the 19th. They’ve made plans to try making amends, and recently offered to give slave descendants preferential admissions. Located in the cute and calm Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington D.C.
, the university is HUGE.
Berkeley – University of California Berkeley – Founded in 1868
Main attraction of the veeeeeeery laid-back town of Berkeley
, California, the university
is of a considerable size too.
UCLA – University of California Los Angeles – built on its modern location in the 1920s
My favorite with Upenn. From the main picture on Google, I was expecting UCLA
to be a modern-looking university like UCSC (see below) and therefore not to hold the visual appeal I was looking for.
Boy how was I wrong
! UCLA is gorgeous
and really embodies the balance between a neat-looking campus you can expect to be very functional, and beautiful buildings. I loved our time in Los Angeles and I’m glad we took a few hours to go and visit UCLA!
UCSC – University of California Santa Cruz – founded in 1965
Talk about huge
feels more like a university part in the forest, part in huge fields.
It took us quite some time to make it there with the bus from the center of Santa Cruz
, and don’t make the same mistake: ASK which stop will get you at the heart of campus. And keep an eye on the bus schedule, you might be stranded there for an hour or so. UCSC has been built in the second half of the 20th century, so don’t go looking for the old mahogany or castle-like buildings and mansions you will find in the other universities of this list. It’s a functional, nice, and very modern-looking university.
Have you ever been in one of this campuses? Which beautiful American university is your favorite? Or from outside the US? Tell us all in the comments below!