When you think of college, you probably think of graduation ceremonies, funny hats and robes, fraternities, eccentric professors, sports teams, red-eye study sessions, and, of course, high quality education. But what about location? All of that has to be housed somewhere!
Besides having all of the above, universities are known for being home to iconic architecture, and some of the coolest, most state-of-the art (as well as expensive and controversial) buildings in the world. If a university wants to offer world-class programs, encourage groundbreaking research, or be the home turf of a national champion sports team, it stands to reason that the school will need buildings to match its goals. Sure, these buildings might be expensive, but the cost is justified: their form fits their function.
In this article, we have collected and ranked the 25 most amazing college campus buildings out there today. Each one is unique and iconic; some are instant classics, while others have sparked, and continue to spark, controversy, due to architectural style, costs, or any combination of factors. All have a few things in common though: they’re all enormous, they’re all expensive, they all have unique qualities and features, and they all have architectural styles that will make sure they stick in your mind.
Want to catch a game at a world-class football stadium? That’s on here. Would you rather spend your time studying in a futuristic tree-house/library? That’s here too. What about a conservatory with some of the best acoustics in the world? Take a look beyond the class schedules and campus events. Where things are happening is just as important as what is happening, and these are the most amazing places that you could have your college experience.