The most beautiful college campuses in the South

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The South is known for its sweet and warm hospitality that college students welcome with open arms. Bustiling with diverse cultures, cuisine, art and architecture, these college campuses show off some real southern charm.

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Baylor University (Waco, Texas)

Baylor was founded in 1845 and is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Its buildings are primarily Georgian-style, including the iconic Pat Neff Hall. It is topped with a dome that is lit green to celebrate Baylor athletic victories.


Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Belmont University in Nashville is located on the former Belle Monte estate, which includes an antebellum mansion. Built in 1853, it is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 105-foot bell tower, gardens and gazebos are also scenic aspects of the school.

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Berry College (Mount Berry, Georgia)

Georgia's Berry College has the distinction of being the largest contiguous college campus in the world. The campus stretches over more than 27,000 acres and has 80 miles of trails for cycling, hiking and horseback riding as well as woodlands, meadows, streams, mountains and two lakes. The English Gothic-style buildings add European charm to this idyllic setting.

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Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)

Duke University is famous for its Collegiate Gothic architecture, with Duke Chapel as the campus's crowning glory. This landmark stands out with its 210-foot, four-spired tower. Students can take in North Carolina's natural beauty in the 55-acre Sarah P. Duke Gardens with 5 miles of paths or in the 7,000-acre Duke Forest, which is used for research and recreation.

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Elon University (Elon, North Carolina)

Elon's College Historic District and Johnston Hall are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These red brick, white-columned Colonial Revival buildings exude small-town Southern charm. The campus is also dotted with lakes, fountains and more lovely features.

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Flagler College (St. Augustine, Florida)

In 1968, Flagler College moved into the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, a luxurious Spanish Renaissance building with Tiffany crystal chandeliers and stained-glass windows built around a central courtyard. The campus encapsulates and preserves Florida architecture and history.

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Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Florida)

Florida Southern is home to the world's largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. The school enlisted the famed architect to transform a lakeside orange grove into a college campus. Wright set out to design "the first uniquely American campus" rather than emulating English university buildings. The first and most famous of his buildings is Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, made from concrete and custom molds.

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Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)

Students at Furman University can enjoy the lush South Carolina landscape of the gardens, lakes and trails across the school's 750-acre grounds. Its iconic bell tower is a 1958 recreation of the original built in 1854.

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Rice University (Houston, Texas)

Founded in Houston, Texas, in 1912, Rice University offers a calm retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The small campus's Mediterranean Revival buildings like Lovett Hall are surrounded by thousands of trees. A popular saying goes that Rice has one tree for every undergraduate student.


Sewanee: The University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee)

The huge 13,000-acre campus of Sewanee has charming Collegiate Gothic architecture, including All Saints' Chapel. The chapel's beauty is perhaps only rivaled by the surrounding forests and stunning views one can see of the Tennessee Valley below.

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Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)

The Georgian-style Dallas Hall was the inaugural building of Southern Methodist University. Now this 164-acre suburban Texas campus is known for its spacious lawns and for hosting tailgates along the tree-lined stretch called The Boulevard on football game days.

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Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Located in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, Tulane University's current location opened in 1894 and is located across the street from the beautiful, 350-acre Audubon Park. The campus itself has many large live oak trees and features architecture ranging from Richardsonian Romanesque to Italian Renaissance to Mid-Century Modern.

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University of Mississippi (Oxford, Mississippi)

A major landmark of the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi is the Greek Revival-style Lyceum Building, built when the school opened in 1848. The Bailey's Woods Trail takes students on a scenic wooded stroll. The campus also surprisingly includes a golf course and an airport.

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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)

The University of Virginia is the only American university to be deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson designed the school's Academical Village, including the neoclassical domed rotunda that was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome.

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Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee)

Vanderbilt's campus is an urban oasis near downtown Nashville. It has many green spaces and hundreds of trees, including the impressive Bicentennial Oak, which dates back to before the American Revolution. There are various styles of buildings on campus, but one of the most striking is the Italianate-style Kirkland Hall, whose clock tower houses a 2,000-pound bell that tolls every hour.

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Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

Originally located in Wake Forest, the university moved to its current campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1956. The first building constructed on the new campus was Wait Chapel, which has an iconic 213-foot bronze steeple. The campus is next door to Reynolda Gardens, which hosts woodlands, fields, wetlands and gardens across 125 acres.

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College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)

Located in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the College of William & Mary was founded in 1693 in what was then the colonial settlement of Middle Plantation. The Wren Building, built in 1700, is the oldest college building in the country. The campus has many scenic spots, including the Sunken Garden and Crim Dell Pond. Campuses have a lot of historical buildings, but here are places you didn't know were haunted.

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