The College of the Atlantic is one of the Most Beautiful College Campuses in Rural Areas, with the Atlantic Ocean as its front yard.The College of the Atlantic is one of the Most Beautiful College Campuses in Rural Areas, with the Atlantic Ocean as its front yard. Credit: Great Value Colleges

The Atlantic Ocean is the front yard of the College of the Atlantic’s 37-acre campus. Garden areas, such as the Beatrix Farrand Garden and the community organic garden are in abundance around Maine’s Mount Desert Island. The school owns both the Beech Hill Farm and Peggy Rockefeller Farms on the Island, and the Arboretum of Eden spans over the whole campus.

To keep on with the green theme, the campus features the Amos Eno Greenhouse, which holds a variety of plant specimens, with large collections of xeric plants (low-moisture plants like cacti and succulents) and tropical plants (such as bromeliads and orchids). If that wasn’t enough, all of the campus is surrounded by the Acadia National Park.

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