Most Beautiful College Campuses in Autumn

While the beauty of a college campus does not necessarily inspire all students, it certainly can help lift students from the doldrums of daily homework. Many students enjoy being able to study outside during good weather, and the change of seasons—though signaling cooler weather—add bursts of brightness and magnificence to your walk to class. It’s another reason to take pride in your college campus, and perhaps increase your efforts to better represent your school. That, and sometimes it’s nice just to see something pretty. So here are some gorgeous campuses during the fall.

Cornell University—Ithaca, NY

Flickr user Matt Hintsa

Flickr user Matt Hintsa

Cornell University is a private school in the Ivy League, so it is well known for its academics. In addition to this, the campus is picturesque during the fall months. The school was founded in 1865. It offers its choice of majors to its over 14,000 undergraduate students from seven schools and colleges at the University. Its location in the northeastern part of the US means the surrounding woodlands are alive with color during the fall months. In addition to beautiful views of the hills and valleys surrounding the university, Cornell Plantation and the F.R. Arboretum showcase the campus’s beauty.

University of Colorado—Boulder, CO

Flickr user James Pfaff

Flickr user James Pfaff

The University of Colorado is one of 34 public research institutions that belongs to the Association of American Universities. Over 2,000 undergraduate students (out of around 27,000) are directly involved with faculty research. Located right next to the Rocky Mountains, the campus is beautiful all year round. The fall, however, causes an explosion of color that the students—many of whom are outdoor enthusiasts—are able to enjoy.

University of Washington—Seattle, WA

Flickr user Cindy Shebly

Flickr user Cindy Shebly

The cherry blossoms of the University of Washington campus are well-known for their blooms come the spring, but the 408 species of trees put on a brilliant show come fall. This allows for the university’s 30,000-odd undergraduate students to be immersed in color all around the 703-acre campus. This public institution is largely dedicated to research. In addition to the natural beauty of the landscape, tailgate boats on Lake Washington frequently decorate the campus during football season.

Augustana College—Rock Island, IL

Wikimedia Commons user Smallbones

Wikimedia Commons user Smallbones

Located on the Illinois-Iowa border, this campus has been the host of many an IMEA concert (what your humble author knows it best for). It definitely rolls a bit more than most of Illinois, but that just makes for more interesting walking paths during the fall months. The 2,500 undergraduate students that call this private college home have access to lovely botanical gardens and—if you are interested in seeing wildlife—Niabi Zoo is close by.

Middlebury College—Middlebury, VT

Flickr user Wayne Surber

Flickr user Wayne Surber

With over 2,200 named trees located within its grounds, it’s no wonder Middlebury College makes its way onto almost any list of fall beauties. The campus is less than two hours away from the Green Mountains, which bloom in a plethora of reds, oranges, and golds during the fall. The campus hosts over 2,500 undergraduates, who are able to experience the shocking beauty of this northeastern campus during the fall. This liberal arts college campus is truly breathtaking, both in the surrounding foliage and academics.

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