World's Most Beautiful Universities
Dan Addison/ U. Va. Public Affairs
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
The Cavaliers take serious pride in the beauty of their Public Ivy’s campus, the heart of which was designed by Thomas Jefferson between 1817 and 1826 (the university opened to students in 1819). The property features the two-acre Lawn, surrounded by what Jefferson described as an “academic village”—rows of redbrick 18th-century rooms (it’s considered an honor to live in these small quarters, sans en suite bathrooms). The showpiece of the campus is its Rotunda, a stately Neoclassical building with Corinthian columns and a soaring dome—which other universities like Duke, Rice, and Johns Hopkins have used as inspiration for their own architecture.