Travel and Leisure magazine – whose September issue names Cornell to its list of the most beautiful American campuses – speculates that, after financial aid, a school’s good looks are a major reason students choose to study there.
The magazine writes of Cornell:
Ambitious campus planners wanted to create a main quad over dramatic Lake Cayuga, the longest of the Finger Lakes. “It’s the idea of putting education on a high platform,” says architect Mark deShong. That original plan evolved, and the beautiful setting now accommodates both historic structures (McGraw Tower) and contemporary ones like the I. M. Pei–designed Johnson Museum of Art—whose walls screen movies on summer evenings—and the new Milstein Hall by Rem Koolhaas.