Top 10 College Campuses to Visit
Yale University, New Haven, CT
There are few more storied centers for higher education than Yale University, whose 300-plus-year history has enlivened its quintessential New England hometown of New Haven, Connecticut (set at a crossroads between Boston and New York City), and turned out some of society’s most successful upper-crust echelons (four of the last six U.S. presidents hold Yale degrees). Kick off your campus visit at the Mead Visitor Center, where you can collect brochures, get debriefed on Yale history, or sign up for a 1.5-hour guided tour led by undergrad students and prefaced by a video about campus life. Or, opt for a self-guided MP3 audio walking tour (downloads are free), or nab maps for self-guided tours tailored towards the college campus’s public art installations (including works by Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, and Roy Lichtenstein) or its architectural highlights (the collection of largely Gothic-style structures is peppered with garden and courtyard designs by James Gamble Rogers, and modern touches by the likes of Cesar Pelli and Frank Gehry). Bibliophiles will want to book it to the Gothic-inspired Sterling Memorial Library, Yale's largest; the marble-lined Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, meanwhile, is the site of some of the world’s rarest manuscripts (including a Gutenberg Bible). Don’t miss the Yale University Art Gallery (founded in 1832, it contains more than 185,000 works spanning antiquities to modern-day; free); Yale Center for British Art (site of the largest collection of British art anywhere outside the UK; free); and Peabody Museum of Natural History (its impressive scientific holdings include the second-largest U.S. collection of dinosaur artifacts; $9 admission). Round out a visit by catching a performance at the critically acclaimed repertory theater (tix from $35) or cheering on the men's hockey team at the architecturally stunning (and recently renovated) Ingalls Rink, better known as "the Whale" thanks to its unique exterior design (tickets from $10).
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