Having a beautiful college campus can help make your experience during those years all the more memorable.
That’s why we launched Travel + Leisure’s 2017 Most Beautiful College Contest, asking readers to submit their most beloved photos from college campuses around the country to determine which is the nation’s most stunning.
Photos could range from anything that included magnificent common areas to breathtaking libraries, with two rounds of judging conducted by T+L editors to determine the winner.
The first round of votes was based on the overall campus culture and appeal, while colleges that made it to the second round were judged based on the aesthetic of the photos submitted and readers' votes.
The College of Charleston, which is located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, was this year’s winner, with readers noting the campus’ magnificent blend of nature, historic homes and facilities, and charming culture.
Founded in 1770, the college is the oldest municipal college in the U.S. and stands today as a National Historic Landmark.
Take a look at the photos below to see what makes the college America’s most alluring.