[The photograph of the newest, most beautiful campus is the collegiate chapel at Thomas Aquinas College , designed by Notre Dame University’s Duncan Stroik.]
When making that all-important decision on where to go to college, the benefits of a beautiful campus shouldn’t be underestimated. Working to an aesthetically appealing backdrop may provide that welcome touch of inspiration when hitting the books, and relaxing is arguably easier and more fun when you have lush green areas, elegant buildings and serene lakes to explore. Fortunately, across the U.S. there is no shortage of universities that match their academic credentials with stunning surroundings, whether they’re set among rolling mountains and leafy woodlands or close to the bright lights of a big city. Here are 100 of the most beautiful college campuses in America.