For most students, a premier college experience is cultivated beyond the classroom — from great campus food to standout career services and beautiful surroundings.

Our list combines rankings of more than 100 colleges for categories including college libraries, dorms, campus scenery, quality of life, and more. Read about our methodology here.

There is no discernible connection between the types of colleges that come out on top. Ivy League universities, small liberal-arts colleges, and technical schools are all represented. Still, each school on this list boasts a great campus experience.

15. College of the Atlantic

With all 350 students sharing one major, the College of the Atlantic is deeply focused on community. The school earned top rankings this year for Best Campus Food and Great Financial Aid.

It also earned high rankings for Best Quality of Life and Most Beautiful Campus — the college’s 38-acre main campus sits on the oceanfront in Bar Harbor, houses two organic farms, and includes two offshore island research stations.

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