These college campuses emphasize brains over beauty.
Administrators describe the New Jersey Institute of Technology as the “crown jewel” of the state’s public university system. The 126,000 students responding to the Princeton Review 2013 survey, however, awarded it a very different honor: the least beautiful college campus in America. NJIT, founded in 1881, suffers from a mishmash of architectural styles, from the Gothic Eberhardt Hall (formerly an asylum for orphans) to Redwood Residence Hall, which might be described as crematorium-Modernism in downtown Newark. Things are looking up thanks to a recent building boom that includes a pizzeria, a fitness center, and a 600-bed student village as part of the Campus Center development.