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09/03/2010 07:56 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

12 Colleges To Visit, Even If You're Not A Student (PHOTOS)

It's back-to-books time at college campuses across the country, but you don't have to pass the entrance exams to enjoy an enriching visit to these brainy-but-beautiful institutions. The campuses at the head of the class combine factors like sublime natural settings, historic architecture, world-class cultural centers, and spirited sporting events - enough to justify swapping dorm rooms for hotel rooms! ShermansTravel.com's picks for the top 10 college campuses to visit are intellectually, culturally, and visually stimulating - these coveted academic addresses that make an education feel a lot like a vacation. Text and captions courtesy of ShermanTravel.com, adapted from "Top 10 College Campuses to Visit."

12 Best College Campuses To Visit