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Public Beauty

This photo by Paul Miller of a rainbow in the University fountain was featured on the food and travel website Thrillist, which named UAlbany among the most beautiful public college campuses.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2016) — Love the fountains? Enjoy peaceful trails around Indian Pond? Admire the symmetry of the Academic Podium?

You’re not the only one who thinks UAlbany’s campus is beautiful.

UAlbany made the Thrillist list of the most beautiful public college campuses in the United States. And a photo looking north through the fountain, a rainbow emerging in the spray of water, was used as the cover photo for the entire feature.

Thrillist is a $92 million digital media company that specializes in food, travel and city guides for metro hubs including New York City, Miami and San Francisco. Last week the company published photos and descriptions of 20 public colleges and universities that sport “primo, gorgeous campuses.”

Included were the University of Washington in Seattle, two University of California campuses, the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Hawaii in Manoa – all pretty scenic places. So it’s nice that Albany gets the nod as well for its “gem of a campus.”

The article made mention of Edward Durell Stone’s midcentury modernist architecture, noting that the appealing design ages well, and mentioned newer upgrades including the entrance at Collins Circle and its walk-through fountain.

Along with the main fountain photo, taken by Paul A. Miller, the University’s director of digital media, the article included a photo of the Podium coated with snow, showing the campus shining even through the long winter. That photo was taken by Brian Busher, associate director of digital media.

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