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Campus Beauty

Posted August 21, 2007

What is the most beautiful college campus in North Carolina?

What is the most scenic college setting in the country?

Please weigh in on these two questions.

I started thinking about that this week after reflecting on my weekend in Boone. If you haven't been to Appalachian State lately you need to check it out. It has to rank right up there as one of the loveliest collegiate destinations. The new architecture blends beautifully with the old in a charming mountain setting. My only complaint about Boone is the snail's pace of traffic.

I am also partial to my alma mater in Chapel Hill. The University of North Carolina is hard to beat with its gorgeous old trees and historic landmarks. Plus, I must admit, even as a Tar Heel, I was smitten by the gothic beauty of the Duke campus when I was a youngster attending summer basketball camp in Durham.

Nationwide, my list would include Notre Dame, Stanford, University of Virginia and Flagler College in Florida.

What about you?


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  • decanta Aug 23, 2007

    I would have to say Elon College, urgh... Elon University may have the most attractive campus in the state if not the country. Sitting on the steps of the ivy covered Almance building with fountain in front, while gazaing across the campus at the new Belk Library or Student Union is amazing. Elon is a true gem in this great state...

  • Red Bird Aug 22, 2007

    Guilford College in Greensboro is a beautiful old campus with huge oak trees. I am partial because I grew up in the community and it definitely holds my "soul".

  • fury1970 Aug 22, 2007

    Take Duke's architecture, and put it in the mountains like Appalachian. Add all the big state university offerings of NCSU. You get Virginia Tech. (Yeah, I'm a smug Hokie.) :-)

  • A Carter Aug 22, 2007

    Western Carolina is wonderful!

  • Gerbil Herder Aug 22, 2007

    It's all about the brick in it!

  • girljackets Aug 21, 2007

    I have to agree with Lesliesnow that UNCG is beautiful and also Duke is beautiful because I have been on Duke campus and I go to UNCG.

  • OldTimeRadio Aug 21, 2007

    I'll have to be a little prejudiced too. As a UNC-Wilmington alum I have many fond memories of strolling along that beautiful campus during the fall of the year.

  • Wheelman Aug 21, 2007

    I'd have to vote for Appalachain since I'm an alum and I love the mountains. My youngest daughter just graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass and it is one of the most beautiful and unusual I've seen. Most of the buildings date back to late 1800's and early 1900's and the majority of the dorms are old restored Victorian homes. It's right in Northampton which is a beautiful small New England town in the western part of Mass. Lots of agriculture and cottage industries around. It's a part of "The North" that a local good ole' boy can handle. Nice friendly folks.

  • davidpmcknight Aug 21, 2007

    If I had it to do over again and could have been admitted there, I would choose Davidson for its rare combination of small-town stateliness, an important quality for people from Mayberry to Mayodan.

    But for beauty, I'd vote for Salem College.

    And nationally, I'd vote for Princeton and the University of Texas.

  • bornbredtarheel Aug 21, 2007

    I agree on Appy State, because I drive right through there every time I visit my dad (he lives right over the state line). I'm, of course, also partial to UNC...I haven't really seen any other campuses nationally, so I can't really say with any authority on any other campus...




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