There’s a saying that if you visit a campus in the fall, you’re sure to “fall for it.” While that may be true, the chance that you might sell your soul to a school too early shouldn’t keep you from visiting college campuses.
In fact, the fall semester is the best time to visit, whether you’re a junior or senior in high school. Get in the mood for fall and the college search by visiting one of Fastweb’s top ten fall college campuses this month.
10. University of Colorado – Boulder, CO
The University of Colorado is nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and once fall arrives, the mountains come to life with an explosion of color. Students at the University of Colorado are already outdoor enthusiasts, but the fall ensures that everyone is out and about when class is not in session. Home to over 27,000 students, it’s a beautiful place to live in the fall – as well as every other time of the year.
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9. Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
Purdue University boasts its own Arboretum, complete with three walking trails for visitors to walk during their time on campus. During the fall months, the Arboretum really shows off. It has been recognized as a Tree Campus USA since 2009.
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8. Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH
Darmouth is one of the oldest colleges in the country and rests on 269 acres of rural New Hampshire land. Its seclusion makes it a prime location for fall foliage viewing. With the smallest enrollment of the Ivies, students tend to stick close to campus, preferring all that the campus has to offer from an extracurricular and outdoor activities perspective.
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7. Ohio University – Athens, OH
The fall colors burst on the campus of Ohio University, which is situated on 1,850 acres of beautiful Midwestern land near the Hocking River. It is known as one of the most beautiful residential college campuses in the country, and is oftentimes referred to as “Harvard on the Hocking.” During the school year, it is home to over 21,000 students from all 50 states as well as 100 countries around the world.
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6. Northwestern University – Chicago, IL
Despite its location in downtown Chicago, Northwestern holds a spot in the top 10 most beautiful fall college campuses. Students have fall traditions on this campus that include talking a walk down tree-lined Sheridan Road, picnicking by Lake Michigan, catching a Northwestern football game and grabbing a slice of pumpkin or apple pie at Hoosier Mama Pie Company.
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5. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
The University of North Carolina considers itself the oldest public university in the country. With that, the historic architecture and landmarks act as the perfect backdrop for the changing colors of fall. Chapel Hill offers numerous trails to explore the foliage on 70-degree fall days – sounds pretty perfect.
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4. Kenyon College – Gambier, OH
The oldest private college in Ohio, Kenyon’s gothic architecture magnifies the beauty of the fall leaves across campus. Located in a more rural area, there is plenty of fall foliage to go around as students make their way to classes, sporting events and local coffee shops.
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3. University of Washington – Seattle, WA
The trees at University of Washington put on quite a show a few times a year. In spring, cherry blossoms dot the campus, and in fall, the leaves on the 10,000 campus trees are equally as stunning. The university also works with the City of Seattle to maintain 230 acres of botanic gardens along the shore of Lake Washington – so there is plenty of fall foliage for students at the University of Washington to enjoy.
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2. Sewanee: The University of the South – Sewanee, TN
Sometimes referred to as the “Oxford of the South,” Sewanee has more than just stunning collegiate architecture. It is surrounded by over 13,000 acres of forest, caves, trails, streams and waterfalls. Students spend their fall weekends at Sewanee hiking, climbing, bouldering, kayaking and caving – all under a canopy of red, yellow and orange.
Learn more about Sewanee: The University of the South.
1. Middlebury College – Middlebury, VT
Topping out the list is Middlebury College, located in the fall quintessential state of Vermont. This small liberal arts college sits in the Champlain Valley and offers prime viewing of some of the most beautiful fall scenery in the country. Middlebury is home to about 2,500 students and is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges in the country.
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