The 50 Ugliest College Campuses Ever

We've created a list of the 50 ugliest college campuses & universities across the United States. View our full list & see if your alma mater made the cut.


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Whether you are in the middle of college admissions, halfway through your second semester, alumni, or a local walking down the street to the coffee shop, those college campuses matter. Apart from academia, many have argued that college is also important for a multitude of extracurricular reasons. Depending on how your college campus is structured and designed, it can contribute to whether or not you’re able to get the most out of the experience.

Do the buildings have windows? How modern is the architecture? Is there enough light? Is it inviting? Is there an actual library? What does the gym look like? Hell, what do the students look like? The list of questions is endless. Needless to say, we put together a list of the 50 Ugliest College Campuses in the United States. My bad in advance if your university is listed. We hope you still got to enjoy college life and got the most out of it. 

50. University of Cincinnati


49. Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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48. Brandeis University

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47. Pitzer College

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46. Skidmore College


45. Ithaca College

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44. University of New Mexico

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43. University of California Irvine

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42. South Dakota School of Mines and Tech

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41. North Carolina State

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40. California State University, Sacramento


39. CUNY Hunter

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38. New York University

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37. Bennington College

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36. Carnegie Mellon University

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35. Valparaiso University

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34. Illinois Institute of Technology

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33. University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

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32. Case Western Reserve University

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31. University of Texas at Arlington


30. University of California, San Diego

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29. University of Illinois at Chicago

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28. Clarkson University

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27. University of Texas at Dallas

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26. Rutgers - New Brunswick

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25. Alaska State University

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24. Harvey Mudd College

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23. Washington State University

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22. University of South Alabama

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21. University of Tennessee

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20. Towson University

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19. Northern Illinois University


18. University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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17. University of Maryland, College Park

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16. Hampshire College

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15. SUNY Binghamton

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14. New Jersey Institute of Technology

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13. University of Massachusetts Amherst

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12. SUNY Albany

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11. University of North Texas

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10. Rowan University


9. Community College of Rhode Island - Knight Campus

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8. Georgia State University

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7. SUNY Stony Brook

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6. Drexel University

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5. SUNY Buffalo, North Campus

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4. SUNY Purchase

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3. Rochester Institute of Technology

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2. City College of New York

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1. Ava Maria University

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