Some students prefer sunnier weather on the beach, some can’t wait for the first snowfall and the coming winter! This list is for the latter. Many campuses are transformed into beautiful colleges winter wonderlands when blanketed in snow—looking like picturesque snow-globes.
With 5 total campuses, any one of the UMass locations could be considered for this list, but since Amherst is the oldest we’ll give it seniority. Besides, the sight of the buildings—both old and new—draped in snow is a beauty to behold.
With its annual Winter Carnival, Dartmouth is the place to be during the colder months of the year. It began as a way to celebrate winter sports, but has grown into a three day festival that includes an ice sculpture contest, bonfires, a Polar Bear Swim, and plenty of hot cocoa.
Nestled against a mountain and surrounded by rivers and lakes that freeze over, Middlebury is a must-see for any winter lover. It’s a popular hiking destination year round, but in the winter months it is particularly lovely—just make sure you have plenty of hand-warmers and comfy boots!
University of Virginia
Famous for its Jeffersonian architecture, the University of Virginia is a true winter gem. We wonder if even Thomas Jefferson himself knew how beautiful this campus would be after a fresh snowfall. There are hills perfect for sledding, ice rinks for skating, and the Lighting of the Lawn ceremony is not to be missed.
University of Colorado—Boulder
What’s a better backdrop for a wintry picture than snow-capped mountains? That’s exactly what UC Boulder has. The Rocky Mountains tie the whole snowy scene together. Students can head out to nearby ski resorts and parks to get their downhill thrills, or stay on campus for a number of activities.
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