For any graduate, there are always special memories attached to going to college, but nothing brings back a wave of nostalgia like your college campus.

Compiling lists of other "Most Beautiful College Campuses" and informally surveying friends and colleagues, Best College Reviews ranked the top 100 most beautiful college campuses in America, and the results might surprise you.

Whether they're in the wooded areas of Oregon or the central plains of North Carolina, these 10 schools are considered to have the most beautiful campuses in America:

10. University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Year founded: 1907

Total student population: 19,507

Located just outside downtown Honolulu, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa is the flagship campus of the University of Hawai'i System. Students are treated to views of famous volcano Diamond Head and the equally famous Waikiki Beach. Honestly, it's no wonder this campus ranks highly on the list -- it's in Hawai'i.

9. Dartmouth College

Year founded: 1769

Total student population: Approximately 6,200

Hanover, New Hampshire, is about as quintessential a college town as most people could imagine, and that's thanks to Dartmouth College.

The Ivy League powerhouse not only boasts amazing academic opportunities for students, but its location also provides them with access to some of its state's greatest views, such as the Upper Valley on the Connecticut River. After setting foot on its campus, you'll be  shouting "Go Big Green!"

8. College of William & Mary

Year founded: 1693

Total student population: Approximately 8,400

Historic Williamsburg, Virginia, is beautiful enough, but once you add the sweeping campus of the College of William & Mary, things are taken up a notch.

The campus is home to the Sir Christopher Wren Building, which is oldest university building still in use in the U.S. So for history buffs, the College of William & Mary is the perfect choice.

7. Loyola Marymount University

Year founded: 1911

Total student population: Approximately 9,400

Not many colleges can entice students with surfing in the morning, concerts in the afternoon and Hollywood premieres at night, but Loyola Marymount University can.

Located in Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University gives students access to all the city offers, from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica Beach.

6. Emory University


Year founded: 1836

Total student population: 14,724

Emory University is located in the heart of Atlanta, but that doesn't mean its students are cut off from nature.

Taking up more than 100 acres of the school's campus, Lullwater Park features walking and hiking trails for students to wander. The school is also home to the Michael C. Carlos Museum, which is one of the Southeast's premier ancient art museums.

5. Lewis & Clark College

Year founded: 1867

Total student population: Approximately 3,440

A quick drive from downtown Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark College features a campus dedicated to the environment.

The environmentally-friendly college is just 80 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 50 miles from the Cascade Mountains, giving students access to Oregon's best features. The school is so environmentally conscious it was one of 24 schools nationwide to make the Princeton Review's Green Rating Honor Roll.

4. Pepperdine University


Year founded: 1937

Total student population: Approximately 7,400

Pepperdine University, a private, faith-based university, features incredible views of the Pacific Ocean, since it's located just west of Malibu, California.

In true California fashion, many of the school's buildings feature Mediterranean-style architecture. But the real landmark on Pepperdine's campus is the Phillips Theme Tower, which is a slender obelisk that features a 25-foot cross.

3. Sewanee: The University of the South

Year founded: 1857

Total student population: Approximately 2,300

Sewanee might have a small student population, but the Episcopal university features a 13,000-acre campus that includes forests, bluffs and other wonders of the Tennessee mountains.

But it's not just the outdoors that make Sewanee beautiful -- its historic stone buildings are remarkable and are the reason why the school is often compared to Hogwarts.

2. Kenyon College

Year founded: 1824

Total student population: Approximately 1,600 students

Gambier, Ohio, is home to the awe-inspiring Kenyon College. It boasts several amazing structures, but one of its crowning glories is Old Kenyon, which is believed to be the earliest Collegiate Gothic-style building in the U.S.

1. Elon University

Year founded: 1889

Total student population: Approximately 6,600

Elon University sits on 636 acres in central North Carolina in the town of Elon.

Designated as a botanical garden, the school's campus includes the 56-acre Elon University Forest, which is land preserved for scientific research. It also includes Loy Farm, which is a center for environmental research and sustainability.