Pepperdine University campus, Matt McGee, Flickr

From the beautiful beachside campus of Pepperdine University overlooking the Pacific Ocean, to the gorgeous Collegiate Gothic architecture of Duke University and the University of Chicago, to the traditional yet stunning Ivy League campuses of Harvard, Yale and Columbia, America is full of campuses that please the eye.

With research from, Forbes, Thrillist and Business Insider, here are the 35 most beautiful college campuses in America, divided by region.

The Northeast
Yale, iStock
1. Yale University
Sterlling Memorial Library, iStock

Location: New Haven, Connecticut (Ivy League)

Reasons it's beautiful: Collegiate Gothic architecture, buildings designed by Frank Gehry and Philip Johnson, gardens landscaped by James Gamble Rogers, the 15-floor cathedral-styled Sterling Memorial Library, the 216-foot-tall Harkness Tower, two art galleries featuring masterpieces by Monet and Picasso

2. Harvard University
Harvard Business School, iStock

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts (Ivy League)

Reasons it's beautiful: The oldest college in America, Sever Hall (Richardsonian Romanesque style), University Hall, Harvard Business School, 18th-century Collegiate Gothic architecture, sprawling across Boston's Charles River

3. Columbia University
Low Memorial Library, iStock

Location: New York, New York (Ivy League)

Reasons it's beautiful: Urban campus in Manhattan's Upper West Side, manicured lawns, famous sculptures, classical and Greco-Roman buildings, Low Memorial Library, Butler Library (Neoclassical style)

4. College of the Atlantic
Bar Harbor, Maine; Wikimedia Commons

Location: Bar Harbor, Maine

Reasons it's beautiful: A gorgeous Maine coast, beautiful farmland, forest and orchards, environmentally friendly (including all 100 percent recycled paper and low-VOC paint on the residence walls)

5. United States Military Academy (West Point)
United States Military Academy campus, iStock

Location: West Point, New York

Reasons it's beautiful: A national landmark, Neo-Gothic inspired buildings, stunning views of the Hudson River and Highland Falls, famous cemetery (George Armstrong Custer, former U.S. Army generals Winfield Scott and William Westmoreland and Medal of Honor recipients are buried here)

6. Hamilton College
Hamilton College Chapel, Flickr

Location: Clinton, New York

Reasons it's beautiful: Located in upstate New York on a hilltop, Hamilton College Chapel (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) designed by architect Philip Hooker and trustee John Lothrop, dubbed the "College on the Hill"

7. Mount Holyoke College
Mount Holyoke College campus, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Flickr

Location: South Hadley, Massachusetts

Reasons it's beautiful: In the heart of Western Massachusetts' Pioneer Valley, typical New England college, castle-like Mary Lyon Hall, Hogwarts-looking library, the campus is an official botanical garden with a greenhouse and an arboretum, outdoor amphitheater and two lakes with a waterfall and a wooded running path

8. Swarthmore College
Clothier Hall, iStock

Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Reasons it's beautiful: Scott Arboretum, historic architecture, well-cared-for grounds, Clothier Hall, modern building advancements (three of its rooftops have been converted to green roofs with a fourth, the Lang Performing Arts Center, on the horizon)

The South
University of Virginia, iStock
9. Sweet Briar College
Sweet Briar College Memorial Chapel, Facebook

Location: Sweet Briar, Virginia

Reasons it's beautiful: Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 21 out of the 30 buildings (most of them designed by Ralph Adams Cram) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as historic buildings, 130-acre equestrian center, Sweet Briar College Memorial Chapel

10. University of Virginia
The Rotunda, iStock

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia

Reasons it's beautiful: The only school in the country to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally designed by Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, the Rotunda (Neoclassical, Jeffersonian style), brick buildings, rolling landscape of lawns and gardens

11. Florida Southern College
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Lakeland, Florida

Reasons it's beautiful: A dozen buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright including the Annie Pfeiffer Chapel, near and surrounded by 38 lakes

12. University of Oklahoma
Bizzell Memorial Library, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Norman, Oklahoma

Reasons it's beautiful: English court-looking Bizzell Memorial Library (a National Historic Landmark), red brick Gothic buildings, gorgeous quad with flowers in OU's colors (crimson and cream)

13. University of Mississippi
The Lyceum, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Oxford, Mississippi

Reasons it's beautiful: Typical Southern university, the Lyceum with the oldest bell in America (Greek Revival, on the National Register of Historic Places), brown brick buildings with clean lines and white plaster accents like the Cochran Center, the Grove with oak, elm and magnolia trees (famous location for Ole Miss tailgating)

14. Duke University
Duke Chapel, iStock

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Reasons it's beautiful: Collegiate Gothic architecture, Duke Chapel, Perkins Library, Baldwin Auditorium (Georgian-style), 700-acre Duke Forest, Sarah P. Duke Memorial Gardens

15. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Old Well, Nan Cheng-Tsai, Flickr

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Reasons it's beautiful: Dean Dome, more than 700-acre campus is divided between Polk Place and McCorkle Place, Old Well (based on the Temple of Love at the Palace of Versailles), gorgeous North Carolina landscape

16. Wake Forest University
Wait Chapel, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Reasons it's beautiful: Wait Chapel, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, a plethora of maple, magnolia, oak and cedar trees, Neo-Georgian architecture, T.K. Hearn Plaza (the Quad), The Reynolds Campus area, views of the Carolina Hills

17. Furman University
Bell Tower overlooking the campus lake, Matt Bateman, Flickr

Location: Greenville, South Carolina

Reasons it's beautiful: Bell Tower, Georgian-style buildings surround a sparkling lake, James B. Duke Library, lush South Carolina landscape, Asia-inspired gardens, Place of Peace (a former Buddhist temple), named one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. by the American Society of Landscape Architects

18. Flagler College
Ponce de León Hall, iStock

Location: St. Augustine, Florida

Reasons it's beautiful: Glorious ocean views, plenty of palm trees, outdoor swimming pool, a residence hall in the historic Ponce de León Hall with a marble staircase, rotunda and castle-like turrets (Spanish Renaissance Revival style)

19. Rhodes College
The Paul Barret Jr. Library, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Memphis, Tennessee

Reasons it's beautiful: Inspired by an English Gothic village, Rollow Avenue of Oaks, Oxbridge-style quad, The Paul Barret Jr. Library

The Midwest
University of Notre Dame, Tim Wilson, Flickr
20. University of Notre Dame
Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Tim Wilson, Flickr

Location: South Bend, Indiana

Reasons it's beautiful: Divided between the old campus and the new campus, Main Building with the legendary Golden Dome and a 19-foot-tall statue of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, lush landscape, the Grotto

21. University of Chicago
Julius Rosenwald Hall, iStock

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Reasons it's beautiful: Located in Chicago's Hyde Park in the South Side, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel (with stained glass windows and 72-bell carillon tower), Julius Rosenwald Hall, ivy-covered Collegiate Gothic architecture with gargoyles, lush quads, stone archways, a botanical garden, buildings named on the National Register of Historic Places

22. Illinois Institute of Technology
McCormick Tribune Campus Center, John Picken, Flickr

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Reasons it's beautiful: 20 steel and glass buildings designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, recognized as one of the 200 most significant works of architecture in the United States by the American Institute of Architects, McCormick Tribune Campus Center

23. Kenyon College
Ascension Hall, Austin Godber, Flickr

Location: Gambier, Ohio

Reasons it's beautiful: Located in rural Ohio, European, Gothic Revival buildings, mature trees, sweeping lawns, Ascension Hall, Old Kenyon Hall with spire towers (the oldest Gothic Revival building in America), named the most beautiful college in America by Forbes in 2010

24. University of Michigan
Burton Memorial Tower, iStock

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Reasons it's beautiful: Gothic architecture, buildings designed by architect Albert Kahn, the 212-foot-tall Burton Memorial Tower with a 55-bell carillon, Allan F. and Alene Smith Library with its glass facade and gorgeous views

25. University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota campus, Michael Hicks, Flickr

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Reasons it's beautiful: Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, Pillsbury Hall, beautiful views of the east and west sides of campus crossing the Mississippi River

26. Augustana College
Old Main, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Rock Island, Illinois

Reasons it's beautiful: Located near the Mississippi River, Old Main (with its European-influenced stained-glass windows and dome) is inspired by the University of Uppsala in Sweden and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places

The West
Stanford University, Kazuhisa Otsubo, Flickr
27. Pepperdine University
Pepperdine University campus, Matt McGee, Flickr

Location: Malibu, California

Reasons it's beautiful: Overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Southern California, beautiful views of the blue Pacific Ocean, terracotta-roofed buildings on hilltops, Mediterranean-style Keck Science Center, Phillips Theme Tower, lush landscaping

28. Stanford University
The Quad, Kazuhisa Otsubo, Flickr

Location: Stanford, California

Reasons it's beautiful: Located in the San Francisco Peninsula, gorgeous views of the San Francisco Bay, Mission Revival-style buildings like the Quad, the old Chemistry building and Encina Hall

29. University of San Diego
The Immaculata Church, Wikimedia Commons

Location: San Diego, California

Reasons it's beautiful: Located in gorgeous San Diego in Southern California, stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, San Diego Harbor, Coronado Island and La Jolla, The Immaculata Church, 16th-century Spanish Renaissance architecture

30. University of California, Berkeley
Sather Tower and campus, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Berkeley, California

Reasons it's beautiful: Sather Tower (a 307-foot-tall campanile that's the world's third tallest clock-tower), European-style Hearst Memorial Mining Building designed by architect John Galen Howard, Greek Theater (modeled after Epidaurus’s ancient Greek amphitheater), a reflecting pool

31. Scripps College
Scripps College courtyard, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Claremont, California

Reasons it's beautiful: Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Mission and Mediterranean-Revival style architecture with stucco walls, wrought-iron gates, archways, fountains, a cloister garden and Mexican murals, Ruth Chandler Williamson Library, Margaret Fowler Garden, lush landscaping with tulips, sycamore, orange, liquidambar and almond trees, has been named the 17th "Most Beautiful Campus" in America by The Princeton Review

32. Lewis & Clark College
Flanagan Chapel, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Portland, Oregon

Reasons it's beautiful: Located on a hilltop in the Pacific Northwest, attached to the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, gorgeous views of Mount Hood, Flanagan Chapel, environmentally sustainable buildings, 600 acres of wooded trails, an outdoor swimming pool, named one of the prettiest colleges in America by The Princeton Review

33. University of Washington, Seattle
The Quad, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Seattle, Washington

Reasons it's beautiful: Great views of Mount Rainier, the Cascade Range, Lake Washington and the Olympic Mountains, cherry blossom trees in the Quad, Suzzallo Library, glass-fronted Paccar Hall, French-inspired Denny Hall

34. University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder campus, iStock

Location: Boulder, Colorado

Reasons it's beautiful: Neo-Gothic style Mackey Auditorium, sandstone and red-tile roofed buildings, gorgeous views of the mountains

35. University of Hawaii at Manoa
The Royal Sala Thai, Wikimedia Commons

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Reasons it's beautiful: Located on the paradise that is the Hawaiian Islands, views of the famous Diamond Head volcano, near Waikiki Beach, Lyon Arboretum, The Royal Sala Thai