The Most Beautiful College Town In New Mexico

Aerial view of Rancho Santa Fe neighborhood with big mansions in San Diego, California, USA

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College towns are fascinating havens where academia and aesthetics converge. Situated in peaceful landscapes or vibrant urban settings, these communities offer students and locals a transformative journey. Beyond classrooms, they embody a blend of intellectual stimulation and cultural richness, fostering personal growth.

Travel and Leisure explored the charm where knowledge and beauty intertwine in beautiful college towns:

"A good-looking university does much more than attract potential students. Handsome quads, manicured footpaths, and photo-worthy architecture are often utilized (and appreciated) by everyone in town, including tourists. Even if you finished your degree decades ago—or have no interest in academia—the beautiful college campuses scattered across the United States are worthwhile destinations for travelers. Some states, like California, have impossible riches of eye-catching schools; others, not so much. But every state has at least one collegiate gemstone. From small liberal arts colleges to huge state universities, Ivy League classics and relatively new institutions, this list highlights the diversity of America's most attractive campuses."

St. John’s Santa Fe has been deemed the most beautiful college town in New Mexico:

"Actually a satellite campus of Maryland’s runner-up (St. John’s College in Annapolis), St. John’s College Santa Fe sits in the trees at the base of Monte Luna, offering students a mountain experience with lots of greenery."

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