Why You Should School Yourself On These Universities

Which schools have the most unique campus architecture you ask? Well the team at CWM is here to answer (or at least give a few opinions)! Here's our list of some of the most beautiful and inspiring pieces of university architecture:

1. Tulane University- This New Orleans university captured our attention when we discovered it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (we have quite the soft spot for historic preservation). Founded in 1834, Tulane was the 15th medical school in the United States. Covering 110-acres of land, the campus architecture incorporates several styles including Richardsonian Romanesque, Elizabethan, Italian Renaissance, and Mid-Century Modern. The landscaping should not go unnoticed either, proven with just one example in the photo below. 

Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival  . Select information above via Wiki

Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival  . Select information above via Wiki

2. Sonoma State University- Located near San Francisco, Sonoma is actually one of the top green/sustainable campuses in the country! The student center is a 59,000SF facility, constructed using reflective roofing, recycled rubber indoor track, recycled glass reinforced structural brick, recycled seat belts to upholster seating, and reclaimed water plumbing non-potable water systems.

Photo & select information courtesy of The Best Colleges 

Photo & select information courtesy of The Best Colleges 

3. University of Minnesota- The Robert H. Bruininks Hall is another internationally recognized green building through LEED certification. With expansive views of the Mississippi River, this campus is truly a landmark site that houses technology serving thousands of students annually.

Photo courtesy of Campus Maps

Photo courtesy of Campus Maps

4. University of Pittsburgh- Another landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, the 42-story, late Gothic Revival Cathedral is the most renowned characteristic of the University of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1787, the cathedral is the second tallest piece of university architecture worldwide. 

Photo courtesy of Pitt Website

Photo courtesy of Pitt Website

5. University of Oxford- Although there is no clear date of founding, the University of Oxford retains evidence that reaches back to the 11th century! From World Wide Learn, "Among the many architectural majesties and curiosities of this ancient campus are the courtyard at Christ Church College and the famous Divinity School in the Bodleian Library, built in the 15th century and home to an ornate English Gothic vaulted ceiling."

These are just five architecturally inspired universities that we came across; do YOU have a favorite that you think should have made our list? Tell us about it in the comments below!