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. 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!
Columbia University – established in 1754
Upenn – University of Pennsylvania – founded in the mid-18th century
Georgetown University – established in the last decade of the 18th century
Berkeley – University of California Berkeley – Founded in 1868
UCLA – University of California Los Angeles – built on its modern location in the 1920s
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
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!
These are all gorgeous! I love history and school, wil definitely have to check them out .
They are, right? I’m glad you feel like me 😉
Wow look at those amazing buildings! Would love to visit and explore some of these 🙂
They look pretty amazing, yep 😉
Wow, these University buildings are beautiful! I’ve already visited Harvard and Columbia while traveling to Boston and New York, and would’ve loved to see the other ones as well 🙂 great post!
Glad you’ve visited some of them too ! Did you also check NYU when you were in New York ?
Love these places. Gorgeous architecture! You should visit Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida for some unique buildings- it used to be a resort, now a stunning place of learning.
We did, actually!! We put some pictures in our post about our time in Florida 😉 it’s a pretty unbelievable place!
Love your obsession and it’s true that Universities can be wonderful places to visit. I definitely want to see more of these.
Haha I’m glad you like my obsession :p I can’t wait to go back and see more! But I should make a post about gorgeous European universities soon enough 😉
These are such a nice places. I like the American concept of having all the college buildings around campus area with parks. I have been to Kansas State University which is also lovely, kinda reminds me of a Harry Potter movies 🙂
You make me want to check Kansas university next time! Harry Potter is the magic word :p
I have been DYING to visit Harvard. Have you been to Montreal? McGill is basically my dream school.
You should go!! It’s really gorgeous. I haven’t been to Montreal yet but my brother lives over there now so I will DEFINITELY check out McGill once I go!! Thanks for the tip Ivana!
I have only visited two from the list, but after reading this, I cannot wait till when my children are looking at universities and I can take them to see the rest of these! 🙂
Oh wow that will be such a great time!! I’m not even a mum yet but kind of also looking forward that now that you mention it :p (way to jump the gun….!)
These are all beautiful, but you left out my alma mater: Yale! It was founded in 1703 and still has a couple of buildings dating to the 1700’s, though most are later. The campus is just gorgeous, complete with ivy-covered halls.
I am DYING to visit Yale!!!!! So jealous that you got to study there, it’s definitely in my top universities – the dream! I didn’t make it there this time but I really hope to see it next time!
I’ve never thought about visiting universities before but I guess they are really beautiful buildings! If I’m near any of these I’ll have to check them out 🙂
First of all, a Master’s degree in Medieval Studies sounds AMAZING. I am very jealous of that one. Secondly, these campuses look incredible! I have not been to any of them but would love to hit up Harvard for sure. Did you go into any of the libraries? That would be my ultimate destination.