There are so many things to consider when choosing a college, that it’s easy to get lost in the minutiae. To help make your search less confusing, we’ve put together a list of college campuses that not only offer a great academic experience, but a beautiful environment in which to learn. In addition to aesthetics, these colleges also make sure their students, staff and faculty are provided top-notch campus safety services. So, take a look below and discover four colleges where beauty meets safety.
1. College of the Atlantic
Located on Maine’s Mount Desert Isle, the College of the Atlantic is a picture-perfect example of environmental sustainability. In order to preserve the pristine seaside views and heirloom orchards, COA led the charge as the first college in the country to pledge carbon neutrality. Here, students may find themselves in a classroom located on the campus’ farm, which spans over 80 acres or daydreaming while they watch the surf during a study session.
Thankfully, the Public Safety Department isn’t mesmerized by the gorgeous surroundings, and is able to provide both emergency and security services to the college’s lucky student body. And the pristine setting seems to soothe any criminal instincts, as the college hasn’t reported a criminal offense on campus for the last three years.
2. Illinois Institute of Technology
This university doesn’t need to be located by a sandy beach to gain attention for its breathtaking city campus. The Illinois Institute of Technology boasts a unique and pleasing campus that was the brainchild of architect Ludwig Mies van der Roche. Rather than emphasizing wide, open spaces and historic brick buildings, IIT is a modern architectural masterpiece of industrial materials used to create a clean aesthetic that inspires creativity and clear thinking.
Recognized by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 200 most significant architectural works in the country, this campus keeps a great balance between looking good and maintaining a safe environment. The IIT Public Safety Department offers patrols, alarm systems, escort services and emergency telephones to enhance the security of this vibrant educational community. Image: Joe Ravi, CC BY 3.0
3. University of Washington
It’s not hard to imagine why a campus located in the Pacific Northwest hub of Seattle might be easy on the eyes. Not only is University of Washington afforded breathtaking mountain views, but the well-groomed campus is seamlessly integrated into the urban landscape of the city.
Students and faculty enjoy views of Mount Rainier while gathering around the impressive Drumheller Fountain and the nearly year-round blooms of the grounds give this academic gem a vibrancy that is translated to the surrounding city streets. And the importance of campus security makes it easy for everyone on campus to enjoy their surroundings – and pursue their studies – with peace of mind. University of Washington’s SafeCampus program involves the whole community in crime prevention and provides violence prevention and response training along with campus security services like safety escorts.
4. Lewis and Clark
Another entry form the Pacific Northwest is Lewis and Clark, located in the verdant city of Portland, Oregon. This private institution is situated on 137 acres of forested campus and is neighbors with the 600-acre Tyron Creek State Natural Area. With a campus that seems custom-made for today’s culture of instantly uploaded pictures, Lewis & Clark offers a blend of rich history and modern sensibility with weathered brick buildings standing alongside environmentally sustainable structures – all in a lush, green setting that can’t help but encourage higher thinking.
Ensuring students can study worry-free, there are Campus Safety Officers on duty 24 hours a day, every day of the year. And it looks like their efforts are paying off, because the campus reported no murders, robberies or assaults in 2012, adding to the enjoyment and ease with which Lewis and Clark students work toward academic achievement.
How would you rank the importance of safety against a beautiful campus setting?
Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more