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The 50 Ugliest College Campuses

38. New York University

Location: New York
Year Built: 1831
Key Architects: Various

Right off the bat, NYU is at a disadvantage by being located in a large city. This urban location eliminates the ability to ever have a cohesive traditional campus experience. Despite that, if you look closely at some of the buildings, they exist completely in their own styles and are lacking inspiration (or the ability to inspire). One good example of this is the philosophy center, which was renovated by Steven Holl Associates. This space has the potential to be something unique and engaging—a hidden gem in the Village—but instead it comes off as worn down and uninteresting.

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