When asked how they’d rate the beauty of their college campus, students of two Georgia universities had a lot of love to give their schools.
In fact, according to the Princeton Review’s 2019 “Best 384 Colleges” book, which features survey data from 138,000 students at 384 schools, Georgia’s Berry College and Emory University were both ranked among the 20 most beautiful college campuses in the United States.
The “Best 384” collection contains 62 different rankings, such as best quality of life, most LGBTQ-friendly, most politically conservative and most beautiful campus.
Of the 384 schools included in the Princeton Review’s collection, Pennsylvania’s Bucknell University and Bryn Mawr College earned top honors, with Vanderbilt University in Nashville coming in third.
Berry College ranked seventh, and Atlanta’s Emory University popped in at No. 15.
Berry College, situated about 75 miles northwest of Atlanta among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, features nearly 30,000 bucolic acres of marshland, lakes, mountains and picturesque English Gothic-inspired architecture.
According to the Princeton Review, students love to take advantage of the college’s “rock wall and rock wall room, zip lining, indoor and outdoor pool, basketball courts, volleyball courts [and] hiking [trails].”
This isn’t the first time the Rome college has been recognized for its natural beauty, either. In 2015, BuzzFeed named Berry College one of the 10 most beautiful colleges in the world.
And last year, Earth’s “largest contiguous campus” was praised in Travel and Leisure magazine’s special on the most beautiful college campuses in each state.
Emory University in Atlanta, which boasts the first LEED-certified building in the Southeast, is nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, close to the heart of the city, downtown Decatur and Buckhead.
Its idyllic Lullwater Preserve, which features the ruins of a 1920s powerhouse, is a popular 154-acre oasis many students consider the school’s best-kept hidden gem.
Other “Best 384” lists where Emory ranked in the top 10: best college dorms (No. 19), best quality of life (No. 1) and most-loved by students (No. 10).
Here are the 20 most beautiful college campuses in America, according to the Princeton Review:
- Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania)
- Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania)
- Vanderbilt University (Nashville)
- Elon University (Elon, North Carolina)
- College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)
- University of San Diego (San Diego)
- Berry College (Mount Berry, Georgia)
- University of Richmond (Richmond, Virginia)
- Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Florida)
- Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)
- Rice University (Houston)
- Scripps College (Claremont, California)
- Bennington College (Bennington, Vermont)
- Washington University in St. Louis (St. Louis)
- Emory University (Atlanta)
- Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)
- Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Virginia)
- High Point University (High Point, North Carolina)
- University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont)
- Marist College (Poughkeepsie, New York)