Students at Berry College in northwest Georgia enjoy plenty of room to roam.
The Berry campus, tucked into the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, covers more than 27,000 acres — nearly twice the land area of Manhattan. With an enrollment of 2,110, each student at Berry can claim what’s essentially his or her own 13-acre plot. Not surprisingly, Berry College boasts not only the largest contiguous college campus in the U.S. but the largest one in the world.
“It’s easy to be alone at Berry, although it’s hard to be lonely,” says Peter Lawler, a professor of government at the private school.
Berry tops our list of the 10 largest main campuses of four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. To qualify for the list, the pieces of land making up the main campus didn’t have to be touching but did have to be close enough to form a cohesive campus.
Some schools, such as Duke University and California Polytechnic State University, didn’t make the cut because although their campuses are listed as comprising several thousand acres, the total acreage isn’t bunched together or the acreage consists of more than just the main campus. Enrollment data is from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
Photo: Berry College
Location: Rome, Ga.
Size: 27,000+ acres
2017-18 enrollment: 2,110
Highlights: Natural features such as woodlands, meadows and streams; 47 main buildings, including 15 classroom facilities and 10 residence halls; wildlife sanctuary; plantation house; working mill with waterwheel; film set for productions like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Remember the Titans”
Notable: “Of the buildings on campus, Ford Auditorium, an English gothic-inspired building with a clock tower and reflecting pool, is the most eye-catching.” — Thrillist
Location: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Size: 18,455 acres
2017-8 enrollment: 4,276
Highlights: Iconic aluminum, glass and steel chapel with 17 spires; winding roads through forests; 27-acre garden
Notable: “Soaring 150 feet toward the Colorado sky, the Air Force Academy [Cadet] Chapel is an all-faiths house of worship designed to meet the spiritual needs of cadets. It contains a separate chapel for four major religious faiths — Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist — plus an all-faiths room used by Muslim cadets and available for members of the other faiths as well.” — Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo: U.S. Army/Tommy Gilligan
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Size: 16,080 acres
2017-18 enrollment: About 4,491
Highlights: Located on the Hudson River; statues of U.S. presidents throughout campus; world’s largest chapel pipe organ
Notable: “The cadet chapel, built in 1910, is one of the most striking buildings on campus.” — Business Insider
Photo: The University of the South
Location: Sewanee, Tenn.
Size: 13,000 acres
2017-18 enrollment: 1,778
Highlights: Situated atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga; campus known as the Domain; Eastern Star Cemetery; university-owned coffee shop located in yellow Victorian house; on-campus inn
Notable: “Sewanee has been featured in countless magazines as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.” — The Best Colleges
Photo: YouTube/Jesse Brown
Location: University Park, Pa.
Size: 8,556 acres
2017-18 enrollment: 47,119
Highlights: 11,000 trees; 25,000 flowers planted annually; 23 miles of paved walkways; 900+ buildings
Notable: “The Nittany Lion has served as Penn State’s mascot for over a century. The iconic Nittany Lion Shrine, a gift from the Class of 1940, is the most photographed spot on campus … .” — Penn State
Photo: Stanford University
Location: Stanford, Calif.
Size: 8,180 acres
2017-18 enrollment: 17,534
Highlights: 43,000+ trees; 800+ species of plants; 25 fountains; 70-acre shopping center; 700-acre research park; on-campus post office; about 700 buildings; 49 miles of roads; 19,000 bicycle parking spots
Notable: “The entryway to Stanford’s 8,180-acre campus is arguably the grandest of any college campus: a mile-long, tree-lined Palm Drive leads up to the expansive green oval Main Quad, surrounded by red-clay-roof-tiled buildings, and the campus’s crown architectural jewel, Memorial Church, with its striking mosaic façade.” — Travel+Leisure
Photo: Liberty University/David Duncan
Location: Lynchburg, Va.
Size: 7,000+ acres
2017-18 enrollment: 75,044
Highlights: 1,360-foot mountain; Jerry Falwell Library; Montview Mansion; National Civil War Chaplains Museum; 357 structures; 50 miles of trails and logging roads
Notable: “Liberty’s facilities, neatly ensconced on a campus spanning more than 7,000 acres, would be the envy of most major universities.” — Newsmax
Photo: Michigan State University
Location: East Lansing, Mich.
Size: 5,239 acres
2017-18 enrollment: 50,019
Highlights: Situated on banks of Red Cedar River; student-run organic farm; 545 buildings; 32 miles of roads; 98 miles of walkways; 12 miles of bicycle paths
Notable: “Since its founding in 1855, Michigan State University has emerged from its modest ‘oak opening’ in the wilderness to become a large campus park.” — MSU Campus—Buildings, Spaces, Places
Photo: Texas A&M University
Location: College Station, Texas
Size: 5,115 acres
2017-18 enrollment: 67,929
Highlights: George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum; Liberty Bell replica inside Academic Building; thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats on campus
Notable: “The George Bush Presidential Library features a statue of horses leaping over the Berlin Wall, a nod to the president’s successes during his term.” — Movoto
Photo: Tuskegee University
Location: Tuskegee, Ala.
Size: 5,000 acres
2015-16 enrollment: 3,289
Highlights: 100+ structures; Booker T. Washington Monument; George Washington Carver Museum; Tuskegee Airmen’s Plaza
Notable: “By teaching his students carpentry, bricklaying, printing, agriculture, and other trades, Booker T. Washington believed that Tuskegee’s students would build their campus and learn the dignity of hard work.” — National Park Service