America's Ugliest College Campuses

These college campuses emphasize brains over beauty.

University of California San Diego

7 of 14

In 1956, UC San Diego received overwhelming support from local residents, who voted to transfer 59 acres of coastal land. Alumni have since included eight Nobel Laureates and 71 National Academy of Sciences members. But with this success came new construction, and each successive building adopted its own disparate style. The resulting campus looks like a cupboard full of kitchen appliances whose function you can’t quite fathom. (Case in point: the terraced spaceship-like Geisel Library.) But hey, you’re still in sunny San Diego.

America's Ugliest College Campuses

University of California San Diego

In 1956, UC San Diego received overwhelming support from local residents, who voted to transfer 59 acres of coastal land. Alumni have since included eight Nobel Laureates and 71 National Academy of Sciences members. But with this success came new construction, and each successive building adopted its own disparate style. The resulting campus looks like a cupboard full of kitchen appliances whose function you can’t quite fathom. (Case in point: the terraced spaceship-like Geisel Library.) But hey, you’re still in sunny San Diego.

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