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Do you enjoy the peace and serenity that only the mountains can provide? Are your favorite pastimes skiing, hiking, or mountain biking? Do you want to become one with nature? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should look at colleges in the mountains! Check out this list of schools that boast mountains as the campus backdrop.


1. University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

The University of Utah is a public university with about 31,000 students. This college in the mountains offers 100 miles of bike trails and there are 7 world-class ski resorts within 30 minutes of campus. Some of the dorms on-campus were even built specifically to serve as the athlete village for the 2002 Winter Olympics.


2. University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

CU Boulder is a public university with about 25,000 students. The most iconic view on campus are the Flatirons– a mountain range that holds the title of 2nd most instagrammed place in Colorado. In 1949, CU students painted “CU” in the flatirons. It was later painted over, but not super well, so it is still visible and a symbol of pride for CU students.


3. James Madison University

Harrisonbug, Virginia

JMU is a public university with about 21,000 students and is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Recently Harrisonburg was ranked as a top spot by Backpacker magazine to beat “nature deficit disorder.” On an unrelated note, they also have amazing food on campus, check out their dining hall Insta.


4. Appalachian State University

Boone, North Carolina

App State is a public university with about 18,000 students and is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The college is very focused on giving back to the environment. A service organization that many students join is the Blue Ridge Mountain Corps which works with the National Park Service to educate visitors of the Rough Ridge area on preserving and protecting this area.


5. Lewis and Clark College

Portland, Oregon

Lewis and Clark is a private university with about 3,500 students. It sits atop Palatine Hill and the campus also borders the Tryon Creek State Natural Area, a 645-acre state park, where you can hike, mountain bike, and horseback ride. Students are lucky to have nature and the awesome culture Portland provides right outside their door.


6. Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College is one of the Pacific Northwest’s oldest colleges with an enrollment of about 1,400 students. The campus is located at the foot of the Blue Mountains. The college offers a robust outdoor program that takes students hiking, skiing, kayaking, ice climbing and snowshoeing. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a “Semester in the West” that sends students out to do field research in conservation and social justice.


7. Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

Middlebury College is a private university with about 2,600 students in the Champlain Valley. The Middlebury College Ski bowl is located on their mountain campus and offers 17 trails open to the public and for intercollegiate competitions. It is one of only two remaining college-owned ski areas in the eastern United States.


8. Berry College

Mount Berry, Georgia

Berry College is a private university with about 2,100 students. It is the largest contiguous campus spanning over 27,000 acres with 100 miles of trails. Part of the campus is located atop Lavender Mountain. According to Buzzfeed, “the campus was made for Insta.” Another fun fact: scenes from Remember the Titans were filmed at Berry.


9. University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho

UI is a public university with about 12,000 students. Students enjoy relaxing and studying on the 65-acre Arboretum that features gardens, ponds, and trees from all over the world. This college in the mountains is full of rolling hills which provides the perfect terrain for their on-campus golf course.


10. Sewanee: University of the South

Sewanee, Tennessee

Sewanee is a private university with about 1,800 students. It has the nickname “the mountain” for its beautiful location on the Cumberland Plateau overlooking the Tennessee Valley. There are over 50 miles of trails on campus that students can hike, mountain bike, and horseback ride on. Sewanee just asks that you leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures. The campus is also well known for Gothic-style architecture.