Univer­sity of San Diego is No. 1

The school is the most beau­ti­ful in the na­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Prince­ton Re­view.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Gary Warth gary.warth@sandiegounion­tri­bune.com Warth writes for the San Diego Union-Tri­bune.

SAN DIEGO — Im­pressed with its Span­ish Re­nais­sance-in­spired build­ings and views of Mission Bay, the Prince­ton Re­view has named the Univer­sity of San Diego the most beau­ti­ful cam­pus in the na­tion.

The rank­ing was based on stu­dent sur­veys and is in­cluded in the re­view’s 2018 edi­tion of best schools.

It’s at least the sec­ond time the school has re­ceived such recog­ni­tion. In 2011, Travel+Leisure named the school one of the most beau­ti­ful col­lege cam­puses in the United States.

The sec­ond most-beau­ti­ful school ranked by the Prince­ton Re­view was Buck­nell Univer­sity in Lewis­burg, Pa. The Univer­sity of San Diego was the only Cal­i­for­nia school ranked in the top 10. Scripps Col­lege in Clare­mont came in 13th, and Loy­ola Mary­mount Univer­sity in Los An­ge­les was 17th.

The pub­li­ca­tion based its rank­ing on how stu­dents an­swered the sur­vey ques­tion, “How do you rate the beauty of your cam­pus?”

Har­vey Mudd Col­lege in Clare­mont was ranked as the least beau­ti­ful cam­pus.

The Univer­sity of San Diego’s web­site in­cludes a page that men­tions the Prince­ton Re­view rank­ing and how it re­flects the phi­los­o­phy of its founder.

“The Univer­sity of San Diego is a beau­ti­ful place to be,” the page reads. “It’s one of the most com­mon ways for peo­ple to ex­press their fond­ness when they’re on cam­pus and they’re asked about the in­sti­tu­tion. For co­founder Mother Rosalie Hill, hav­ing a beau­ti­ful place for stu­dents to ob­tain their ed­u­ca­tion was one part of the equa­tion.”

The page quotes Hill’s re­flec­tion on the con­nec­tion be­tween beauty and ed­u­ca­tion. “There are three things that are sig­nif­i­cant in ed­u­ca­tion: beauty, good­ness and truth,” she said. “Beauty will ini­tially at­tract peo­ple who come to the cam­pus, and when they are here they will en­counter per­sons in whom they find a cer­tain good­ness. This, in turn, will lead them to the truth, which will hold them.”

The univer­sity was founded in 1949 as the San Diego Col­lege for Women. It soon added the San Diego Col­lege for Men and the School of Law, which merged in 1972 as the Univer­sity of San Diego.

John Gib­bons San Diego Union-Tri­bune

THE UNIVER­SITY OF SAN DIEGO was founded in 1949 as the San Diego Col­lege for Women.

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