America's Ugliest College Campuses

These college campuses emphasize brains over beauty.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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Many great architects including Steven Holl and Frank Gehry have tried their hand at turning the commuter campus of the University of Minnesota from Brutalist to Pritzker Prize–worthy. It’s no small feat. Take, for example, the Coffman Memorial Building: the only feature that could make it look more industrial would be the addition of smokestacks. With more than 30,000 undergraduates all on one campus, the University of Minnesota is the one of the most populous in the country. “It’s simply too big,” complains one student on the Unigo.com message board. The eclectic and seemingly random collection of architectural designs is only continuing: a new microbiology research facility will be completed this year (BWBR Architects, Inc.), JLF Architects will errect a campus wellness and recreation center in 2016, and a Perkins + Will Natural History Museum & Planetarium, with its staggering horizon views will debut in 2018. 

America's Ugliest College Campuses

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Many great architects including Steven Holl and Frank Gehry have tried their hand at turning the commuter campus of the University of Minnesota from Brutalist to Pritzker Prize–worthy. It’s no small feat. Take, for example, the Coffman Memorial Building: the only feature that could make it look more industrial would be the addition of smokestacks. With more than 30,000 undergraduates all on one campus, the University of Minnesota is the one of the most populous in the country. “It’s simply too big,” complains one student on the Unigo.com message board. The eclectic and seemingly random collection of architectural designs is only continuing: a new microbiology research facility will be completed this year (BWBR Architects, Inc.), JLF Architects will errect a campus wellness and recreation center in 2016, and a Perkins + Will Natural History Museum & Planetarium, with its staggering horizon views will debut in 2018. 

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