The wooded grounds of Elon were designated as a botanical garden in 2005, making the beauty of the campus a contributor to the educational experience, as the landscaping is used as both an aesthetic and educational resource. Located in the heart of North Carolina, this campus not only offers an exceptional education but has been the site of several films, including Spike Lee’s He Got Game. Elon has been named the prettiest campus in the country on multiple occasions, including landing at the top spot in rankings by the Princeton Review and the New York Times. We can’t argue, and Elon takes the top spot in our list of the prettiest college campuses.
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The reviews are in – Elon University is the prettiest campus in the country.
According to a ranking of “The 50 Most Amazing College Campuses” compiled by The Best Colleges website, Elon beats out local schools like Wake Forest University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as a few Ivy League schools, for the title of prettiest campus.
The Best Colleges “reviews publicly available data and then produces independent ranking assessments of colleges in various disciplines,” according to the web site. The site has created lists of the best online colleges, top film schools, and best online MBA programs using public data, and polled recent college graduates for the latest ranking of “The 50 Most Amazing College Campuses.”
Georgina Oram, a rising senior at Elon and a campus guide, heard about the latest ranking when students began posting the news on their Facebook pages. “It wasn’t really surprising,” said Oram. “On tours I always tell my families, ‘When you’re somewhere pretty, you feel happier.’”
After accessing the list of schools at thebestcolleges.org, Oram said she knew Elon had other similar high rankings by more prestigious organizations, and checked out U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review rankings.
Elon ranks number two in the U.S. News “2011 Regional University South” list, number one in its “Up-and-Coming Schools, Regional Universities (South)” list, and appears on its unranked “Senior Capstone,” “Study Abroad” and “Learning Communities” lists.
The Princeton Review also listed Elon as one of the 373 “Best Colleges” in this year’s college guide, and was number one on its “runs like butter,” list, which was most impressive to Oram. She said it’s exciting for the school to be recognized for its smooth orchestration.
And while school officials are quicker to boast about rankings from widely known sources like Newsweek-Kaplan and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, Director of University Relations Dan Anderson said campus aesthetics is “one of Elon’s tremendous assets,” and any recognition of that “reflects many years of careful planning.”
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