Not everything is about academics. Potential students need to carefully consider where they’ll be making their home for the next four years – from the city they’ll be living in, to the beauty of the campus, and the impressiveness of the facilities.

Here you’ll find rankings of some of the most important parts of what will make up your college experience.

pampered-thumbColleges as Country Clubs: Pampered College Students
Tuition costs are on the rise due to the aftermath of the recent recession and the current trend of states cutting educational funding. At the same time, there is a lot more competition due to the vast numbers of colleges and universities students have to choose from (approximately 5,300 in 2015). This led to institutions of higher learning needing to find new ways to attract students. They found that creating more attractive surroundings with luxuries offered as standard was the best way to attract more students.

best-college-farm-Penn State UniversityThe Best College Farms
Thanks to the interest in protecting the planet and making green choices, many colleges now offer a variety of studies within the agricultural realm such as environmental science, animal studies, sustainability and more. These colleges have also created outstanding hands-on experiences for their students and community through establishing organic farms, farm to school programs, farm stands, wholesale options, extensive research and much more.

college-towns-forever-lawrence-kansasThe Best College Towns
College towns are great for more than just the time while you are in school. Many of them have a thriving economy and culture that make them perfect for a long-term commitment to the area. After you are done with your time on campus what factors become more important? Things like community, neighborhoods, schools, these important aspects become pivotal when choosing a place to reside.

best-competition-pools-Denison UniversityThe Best Collegiate Competition Swimming Pools
Competition Pools from around the country were ranked using a system based on area, depth, technological features, and age, as these factors can contribute to the speed of a racing pool. Further consideration was given to spectator seating, notoriety and history as measured by the occurrence of high profile competition and record-breaking.

best-bars-sidewaysThe Best College Bars
Traditional college bar activities include beer pong, darts, pool, and karaoke. At trendy night clubs, students dance to live music or hot, new DJs. Some scholars are simply looking for a casual atmosphere with cold beer and great food. Regardless of your particular desire, there are bars and clubs for all personalities and pocket books.

39 All Saints' Chapel (Sewanee)The Most Beautiful College Campus Wedding Venues
Most colleges are primarily deemed as educational houses where our young men and women hone their knowledge and prepare for the real world. But did you know that some of these colleges can act as venues to tie the knot and even celebrate civil partnerships? Choosing the perfect wedding location can be a daunting task because of the sheer volume of choices at your hands. In order to find a place as special as the occasion itself, it can be helpful to think outside of traditional options.

021 Rutgers University (Passion Puddle)The Most Romantic College Traditions
Throughout the years, so many couples have found each other on college campuses, that it’s only natural that lore accompanies history.

Of course, even when it comes to subjective measures of love and romance, every college wants to be the best. We deem these 25 spots, and the college traditions surrounding them, to be the most romantic on American college campuses.