The majority of the world strives to be beautiful, attractive, and a bunch of other aesthetically pleasing adjectives. But the beauty of being beautiful (yep), is that in order for the word to actually mean something, it must be properly protected and preserved --i.e., if everything was beautiful, nothing would be beautiful.
Meaning: we need the uglies.
College campuses are often praised for shit that is good looking--humans, campuses, weather, the list goes on. Just pick up any school's promotional brochure and look at all the fluffy language. So naturally, we figured it was high time to honor the other end of the spectrum--those who are just awful to look at, and those who find beauty in being, well, not attractive. Our list is basically a smorgasbord of aesthetic dissonance--from campus, to general environment, to quality of life, to places where you may need some goggles, to overall cosmetics, we’re proud to present what we’ve deemed the 10 Ugliest Schools in America:
University of Maryland -- College Park, Maryland
We hate to hate on the University of Maryland, home to many a Terp Bro. UMD’s redbrick buildings are quaint and the layout is picturesque, especially when coed’s flock to the McKeldin Mall to sunbath in the spring. But as soon as you leave the campus, the town of College Park notoriously sucks thanks to lots of low-income housing and a high crime rate. It's hard for the shittiness of its surroundings to not bleed into the ugliness of the campus itself. After a violent shooting in a campus parking lot in February, one student Tweeted “I get more texts from UMD Crime Alert than i do from actual people.” Another added “College park is getting too real now. Its time for campusPD to focus on crime rather than speeders, underage drinking, loud music, etc.” Not our idea of a fun place to spend four years.
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology -- Rapid City, South Dakota
This school could’ve made the list based on the name itself. The campus isn’t a massacre by any means, but the surrounding area in Rapid City is both run-down, and not the most family-friendly place in the world. Shady characters abound, and the campus itself is almost like one of those safe-zones your capture the flag game. And you really don’t want to leave the safe zone.
As for the students? Well, at least their salaries aren’t ugly.
North Carolina State University -- Raleigh, North Carolina
Come to the Raleigh corner of the Research Triangle to overdose on red brick buildings! NC State isn’t necessarily fugly in itself, it’s just architecturally homogeneous to the point of nausea. Like staring at a white wall until your brain starts playing tricks on you. There are more colors in the rainbow than just red and white, Wolfpack. The most discernable feature of NC State’s campus is the ultra high-tech James B. Hunt Jr. Library, which looks like a tortuous airport terminal or an intergalactic spaceship designed by Stanley Kubrick while tripping balls on acid. The Tri-Towers and West Campus residence halls at NCSU vaguely resemble Stalin’s vision for utopian housing solutions. Oh, did we neglect to mention the leaky nuclear reactor on campus? It probably won’t be mentioned on your campus tour, either. The Vetern's Memorial Bell Tower is cool, though.
Brandeis University -- Waltham, Massachusetts
It’s just kind of all over the place--you have these modern looking buildings, you’ve got a bunch of multi-colored brick shit, and you’ve got a castle. It’s almost like they decided to put the whole campus in a blender, but forgot to turn the thing on. Says Complex Magazine, “Planes of brick that slice into glass walls never really struck gold as an architectural trend.”
Boston University -- Boston, Massachusetts
If we are talking ugly buildings at a school in Boston, MIT may narrowly beat out the Terriers. But if your school’s “beach” consists of a small grassy area, has no water, and is located right next to a major highway, you’re not exactly doing yourself a lot of favors when it comes to attractiveness.
“BU Beach” is actually a nice, vibrant, frisbee-infested place as the weather permits. Except that this is Boston and during the school year, the weather doesn’t exactly do that.
The campus is rather enormous and takes up a number of stops on the T, but doesn’t necessarily make anybody drop dead with awe. It’s just kind of there, like a your very vocal Uncle. A much larger presence than it probably should be, and annoyingly in-your-face.
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