Imagine waking up to a beautiful seaside sunrise or walking through blooming gardens on a fresh spring day. Now imagine spending a year, two, or perhaps four, in such a place. Sounds too good to be true? Well it’s not—if you are considering studying in the US, there are many college campuses that are set in such picture-perfect locations.

If studying abroad is as much about the experience as it is about academics, then you may want to add ‘location’ to your criteria checklist—in addition to programs, student services, tuition, and such—when searching for the right college to study at.

We’ve looked through numerous schools and listed a few (in no specific order) of some of the most beautiful campuses in United States.

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Cornell University: Cornell University’s main campus is located in the beautiful town of Ithaca, New York. The University sits atop the hills, and offers a lovely view of the Cayuga Lake. In the vicinity lies the Fall Creek Gorge and Cascadilla Gorge which are both popular among students for swimming and hiking. The University’s campus buildings include striking Victorian architecture as well as a few modern style buildings; some of the buildings are even featured on the National Register of Historic Places. The McGraw Tower, Sage Chapel, and the tranquil botanical gardens known as ‘Cornell Plantations’ stand out on campus.

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University of Washington, Seattle: The University of Washington is in the vibrant city of Seattle, which is justly called the Emerald City for its reservoir of mountains, water bodies and parkland. Students get to study or work amidst the calming views of the Cascade Range, unwind at the waters and explore the nearby wetlands and sports fields. Some of the campus buildings of notable architecture include The Suzzallo Library School of Art and the School of Education. The University is a much sought after location by filmmakers; films such as, The Sixth Man  and   21 and Over  were shot here.

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University of Colorado, Boulder: The public University of Colorado is located in the beautiful city of Boulder, amidst the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. Boulder is famous for its iconic rock formations, the Flatirons, and has various historic sites, recreation areas, national forests and parks.  It is one the top places to live in because of its mild and dry climate, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. In winter, however, it turns into a snow lover’s paradise, glistening with ice-kissed buildings and snowfall throughout the season.

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Pepperdine University: The 830 acre campus of Pepperdine University is located in the luxurious beach city of Malibu in Los Angeles, California. The campus is nestled between the Santa Monica Mountains in the east and the Pacific Ocean on its right. Scattered with buildings in Mediterranean architecture, the campus sprawls across green mountain slopes and offers a stunning aerial view.

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Elon University: The majestic Elon Forest, spread over 56 acres, is a part of this University’s grounds and serves as a site for teaching and research. The campus buildings boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure and reflects the grand history of the university. In close proximity to the campus is the famous high-rising Cane Creek Mountains and Bass Mountains, with numerous creeks, streams, and ponds. Spike Lee filmed the movie He Got Game at this location.  

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About the Author: Dia Khan holds a masters in computer science, speaks five languages, and has a passion for writing, henna tattooing and baking. She is an avid reader who loves reading the news, the Chicken Soup series, or even the dietary components at the back of a candy bar.