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Old 06-08-2015, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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Perhaps there are some people who are ordinary tourists that would visit colleges as they otherwise would any other touristic sight.

I knew that Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, UVA, Berkeley, UCLA, W&M (stateside) and Oxford, Cambridge, Bologna, Salamanca, Sorbonne, Coimbra, Trinity College Dublin (in Europe) were known as being touristic attractions in their own right.

But are there other colleges that are touristically overshadowed by their cities (like Columbia) or just not on a touristic radar (like WUSTL, Kenyon)?
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:55 AM
 
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Don't you think that most colleges aren't on any tourist's radar?
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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Don't you think that most colleges aren't on any tourist's radar?
There are those colleges with nondescript campuses that I won't name out of respect for these colleges.

And there are those colleges that had some touristic assets but that, for some reason, couldn't be used or marketed properly (WUSTL, Kenyon, to name a few)
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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They're not tourist attractions really. What you're mentioning is prestige and notoriety.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:51 AM
 
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It depends on your interests. A lot of these universities have beautiful architecture, nice museums and pleasant scenery. In Dublin, I went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. As a technophile, I really enjoyed the MIT museum in Cambridge. Just a few weeks ago, my family and I enjoyed a visit to the Peabody Museum at Yale. We weren't the only ones visiting either, so there is a subset of travelers that do find these universities to be worthwhile attractions.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:57 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Yep. Plenty to see as a tourist, at places as diverse as the University of Pittsburgh (nationality rooms and more) and the University of Michigan (art museum and more).
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:04 AM
 
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The Naval Academy in Annapolis gets a lot of visitors.


John Paul Jones' crypt is my favorite place on the campus.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Montreal
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What I do know about WUSTL's touristic value was the ridiculous amount of tree species on campus (3,800+ last I checked) so a fan of botanic gardens (and arboreta in particular) will be satisfied.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:17 AM
 
Location: State of Transition
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Perhaps there are some people who are ordinary tourists that would visit colleges as they otherwise would any other touristic sight.

I knew that Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, UVA, Berkeley, UCLA, W&M (stateside) and Oxford, Cambridge, Bologna, Salamanca, Sorbonne, Coimbra, Trinity College Dublin (in Europe) were known as being touristic attractions in their own right.

But are there other colleges that are touristically overshadowed by their cities (like Columbia) or just not on a touristic radar (like WUSTL, Kenyon)?
The University of Washington in Seattle gets busloads of Japanese tourists in the spring, when the cherry blossoms are in bloom on the main quadrangle on campus, which is lined with cherry trees. The University of California at Berkeley gets a lot of tourists year-round.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:07 PM
 
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I don't know that I have ever planned a trip outside of college visit trips with the kids, to go specifically to a tour college, but when are on vacation and there is a worthwhile campus to visit, we often do. We were in Boston, for example, and went to Harvard (event on campus that we were there for actually) but also went by BC and walked around the MIT campus. When we were in DC we walked around Georgetown and past GW University.
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