America's Ugliest College Campuses
Andre Jenny / Alamy
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
The DIY curriculum and gradeless approach of Hampshire College seem designed to bolster the spirits of fragile young minds. It’s ironic then that the plain poured-concrete forms seem intent on preparing students for life’s disappointments. But maybe it was all a clever ploy by the school’s master planner, Hugh Stubbins (whose work for Princeton University was criticized by faculty as resembling a “low-income urban renewal project”). Set in bucolic countryside, the dull campus may well encourage students to look beyond themselves for inspiration.