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10 Of The Most Breathtakingly Beautiful Universities In The World

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Everyone knows Cambridge is pretty, Oxford’s not bad either, la la la…but what about the rest? Have you checked out Peking University, University of Glasgow or Furman University (they are simply breathtaking).

When choosing a college, many students overlook one of the most important factors: quality of life. A thing in particular that stands out as playing a vital role in how a student perceives his/her years of education – The campus setting.

We bring to you 10 of the most beautiful universities in the world because beautiful college campuses rule the day.

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Cambridge is regarded as very beautiful, and also one of the best universities in the world. The most famous building at Cambridge, King’s College Chapel, is a great example of Gothic architecture.

Furman University, South Carolina

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With a campus full of Georgian-style architecture, Furman University ranks among the top campuses in USA. Several buildings on the campus surround a gorgeous lake, and iconic views of the campus Bell Tower are a must see. Amongst the standout buildings, the James B. Duke Library encourages study, research and community. The lush South Carolina campus has been named several times as one of the most beautiful places in the USA (Campus or Not) by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Set against the unique background of natural South Africa, Cape Town University is the second oldest university in Africa. The main campus area is located near the slopes of Devil’s Peak, with the mountains looming ominously above the main buildings.

Stanford University, California

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The 8000 acre campus nestled in the San Francisco Peninsula features stunning views of the San Francisco Bay. Most of the campus was destroyed in the powerful 1906 San Francisco earthquake but was originally designed in a Spanish-colonial style, commonly known as Mission Revival, featuring red tile roofs and sandstone masonry. Some buildings survived the 1906 earthquake such as the Quad, the old Chemistry building, and Encina Hall.

University of Otago, New Zealand

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Situated in the already picturesque New Zealand, this university’s campus simply builds off of the natural beauty around it. The buildings combine both the old and new, while blending seamlessly with the green spaces and the Leith River winding through the heart of campus.

University of Coimbra, Portugal

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Established in 1290 in Lisbon, it went through a number of relocations until it was moved permanently to its current city in 1537, being one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, the oldest university of Portugal, and one of its largest higher education and research institutions.

Peking University, China

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The unique aspect of this campus is its location—the former Qing Dynasty royal gardens. Many beautiful traditional Chinese structures, such as pagodas, bridges, houses and gardens remain because of this historical link, and many travel to northwest Beijing to tour the campus.

Flagler College, Florida

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Flagler College is a private four-year liberal arts college located in St. Augustine, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1968 and offers 29 majors and 34 minors. The college has been named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Regional Colleges in the South” and in The Princeton Review “Best 380 Colleges.” Its acceptance rate is an average of 40 percent of its annual applications.

Berry College, Georgia

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Berry was founded in 1902 by Martha Berry (1865-1942) as a school for enterprising rural boys when few public schools existed in Georgia. A girls’ school was added in 1909. The college offers an unusually beautiful environment for learning on its 27,000-acre campus, one of the world’s largest. Fields, forests, lakes and mountains provide scenic beauty in a protected natural setting.

University of Glasgow, Scotland

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The University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland’s four ancient universities. It was founded in 1451. Along with the University of Edinburgh, the University was part of the Scottish Enlightenment during the 18th century. It is currently a member of Universitas 21, the international network of research universities, and the Russell Group.

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