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20 Ugliest Colleges in the USA?

  1. Dec 7, 2007 #1

    robphy

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    This guy put my school at number 20?
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=138377

    He can kiss my ass, and learn to post real pictures of the places he criticizes.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2007 #3

    robphy

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    I don't necessarily agree with his choices... but I haven't been to all of these places.
    I actually liked the College Park campus, when I visited a few times.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2007 #4

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    I think any university is gonna look crappy in a picture of the low quality he has on his blog.

    cyrus, have you been paid by your school to take those pics for a prospective student's guide? Your school looks beautiful; of course the bright blue sky helps!
     
  6. Dec 7, 2007 #5
    Nah, I just took those with my new [at the time] camera. I got it from radio shack for 100 bucks. Takes nice pictures, but is a piece of CRAP. It goes through a fresh pack of batteries in one day. Im gonna try and sell it on ebay for $50 bucks and buy something else. You get what you pay for......:frown:
     
  7. Dec 7, 2007 #6

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    Yeah, the guy seems to be finding the most unflattering building and posts a low res photo of it, close-up no less, so doesn't even give an idea of the campus as a whole.

    The most obvious one is the photo he chose for Brandeis. C'mon, don't you think choosing a building with ongoing construction is a bit unfair?

    And, perhaps if he spent a little more time at Rutgers, he'd know that there's more to it than just that downtown campus...a LOT more to it. That is the ugliest of the campuses, but the other FOUR campuses are gorgeous, and each has a different style. There's the open lawns, forests and trees on the Douglass and Cook campuses, the more modern architecture and "high tech" feel of the Busch Campus, and even an ecological preserve on the Livingston Campus. How is that ugly? Until 2 years ago, those were all distinct colleges too, so there was good reason for them to each be in different places and to appear different. Instead, he picked a really bad angle of the student center on the downtown campus, which is somewhat ugly, but not nearly as bad as that angle makes it look. I notice he didn't take a picture of any of the nearby buildings on what is known as the "Old Queens" campus, which are the original buildings from when it was known as Queens College, or the park outside the dorms that won architectural awards (the park is built on the rooftop of classrooms in the basement level of the dorm to create a greenspace where there might otherwise have just been rooftop), or the old College Hall on the Douglass Campus, which is a nifty Victorian style house.

    As for what's really an ugly campus, University of Cincinnati! I don't know how he missed that on the list. They were doing a lot of construction to help improve that, but having a plain square brick building, next to something with modern architecture is strange to say the least. When I first saw the dorms, I didn't even know they were dorms...I thought they were housing projects...that's what they look like, old 1960s tenement apartment buildings.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2007 #7

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    My ex-husband left Yale to attend Dartmouth because he liked the Dartmouth campus better and liked the party atmosphere. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Dec 7, 2007 #8

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    Dartmouth is gorgeous, and the whole region around Lebanon is quite scenic. My old alma mater (University of Maine at Orono) featured a lot of rectangular brick buildings, but the facades, the ivies, the gardens, the greens, and the trees made it beautiful. The organist in my band was a horticulture major, and he was responsible for the maintenance of the university's green house, where his apartment was located. I worked on the grounds crew one summer, and after mowing for a couple of weeks, I got transferred to the small crew responsible for planting ornamentals and flowers around the buildings, and we'd trim or rotate out older plants, plant ground-covers, etc. If Maine had a year-round gardening climate, I would still be doing that kind of work. It was very satisfying. The on-line virtual tour of UMO does not adequately convey how pretty the campus is. As you walk along the quad, the library and the trees dominate the view, and the student union comes into play, but as you approach or walk alongside these buildings (and all the others!) the plantings dominate. Since UMO was a land-grant college, there is a nice agricultural program and a tendency to keep the place nicely landscaped. Of course, since we are in Maine, the short growing season offer summer-students, fall returns and visitors during those seasons the prettiest surroundings.
     
  10. Dec 7, 2007 #9

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    Yes, I've been to Dartmouth, very pretty. I have some pencil sketches and a watercolor of some of the buildings.
     
  11. Dec 7, 2007 #10

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  12. Dec 7, 2007 #11

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    Gotta say BobG, that campus should have made the list. Taste? Ah, not so much...
     
  13. Dec 7, 2007 #12

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    When I was growing up there, I think the smell of burning rubber pretty much killed taste in everything. Polyester suits and vinyl chloride jackets were pretty big there, as was professional bowling (they hosted the Firestone Tournament of Champions at the same bowling alley as the league I bowled in).

    Ah, the memories of growing up in the capital of West Virginia! :shy:
     
  14. Dec 7, 2007 #13
    Wow some of those are sure ugly. I'm pretty lucky, my campus is actually rather beautiful, a nice mixture of historic old buildings and fancy new ones. They actually spend quite a lot of time landscaping to, right now all of the trees have christmas lights and wreaths up but over the summer they just finished laying down lots of different colored wood chips, making new ponds, and revamping the quad area.
     
  15. Dec 7, 2007 #14
    I looked at what he considered the most beautiful campuses. He didn't include the University of Washington. The UW is like the most beautiful campus in the entire World or if it isn't it is pretty darn close. This guy is a ignorant dork.
     
  16. Dec 7, 2007 #15
    I was shocked too! O_O

    I remember you posting pictures of your campus and it was beautiful! AHHH!
     
  17. Dec 7, 2007 #16
    I like those blue trees, and the building. They go well together.
     
  18. Dec 7, 2007 #17

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    I do too. Maybe that's why we both attend(ed) universities on the top 20 list. :rofl:
     
  19. Dec 7, 2007 #18
    Er, my school is on neither of those lists... :(
     
  20. Dec 7, 2007 #19

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    Considering there are only 39 colleges in the US :tongue:
     
  21. Dec 7, 2007 #20
    Heh, true.

    I just thought UC Berkeley would be in the ugliest college (chuckles). The math building is just some poop green color and so "sad" looking.

    I haven't really been in other buildings on than Evans (the math building) during the past 4 years...
     
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