Whether the weather acts like it or not, spring is right around the corner. This means that new life will be coming to college campuses. If you are looking for schools that offer an aesthetic pick-me-up after winter, here’s a short list to get you started!

Cornell University – Ithaca, New York

Flickr user Barbara Friedman

One of the fun things about having campus near a lake is that you get to see all the beautiful surroundings from a different perspective. Think of it: The newly green trees enveloping you with their dappled light; the gently flowering blossoms of upstate New York; the rolling green hills… All of that blends together around a campus whose buildings are a mixture of historic and contemporary styles.

Elon University – Elon, North Carolina

Flickr user Derek Bruff

Elon University has a cute tradition of giving graduating students a tree sapling. The campus encompasses 636 acres of land and is classified as a botanical garden. For all you flower and greenery lovers out there, this is the perfect campus for you to wander. There’s also the 56-acre Elon University Forest if walking the woods is more to your taste. With good weather, you’ll never study indoors again.

Whitman College – Walla Walla, Washington

Flickr user Tim

If the sight of baby birds brings joy to your heart, consider Whitman College. The geothermal spring Lakum Duckum (yes, that’s really it’s name. What else can you expect in a city called “Walla Walla”?) attracts birds and students. There’s plenty of seating areas, enabling students to watch ducks drift as they relax or contemplate homework. Flowering trees can be found throughout campus, adding bursts of color to students’ walks.

Washington and Lee University – Lexington, Virginia

The surrounding town of Lexington adds historic charm to this small liberal arts college. The classic red brick buildings offset the bright green of the lawns and trees. A small creek runs close by, providing a backdrop burble to springtime walks. And with all the hills, your calves are sure to look good by the end of the semester.

Brigham Young University – Provo, Utah

Flickr user Ellen Forsyth

Being nestled against the Wasatch Mountains can give any school a picturesque look, but BYU enhances it by keeping its campus immaculate. Students walk to class along paved pathways lined by flowerbeds and trees. Its campus is so well-kept, in fact, that it is known as the “Disneyland of American colleges and universities.”

Interested in any of these colleges? Check out College Raptor’s free match tool to see if they’re a good fit for you!