For the young, college is often considered the final exciting academic journey before entering the so-called real world. For those who have already cruised campus quads and endured late-night study sessions and dorm life, it can even symbolize a sweet nostalgia for those simpler times before work and adulting took over. For filmmakers, though, college offers a setting unlike any other—one that can serve as a fictional college, a real-life prestigious Ivy League, or a boarding school.
StudySoup compiled a list of real colleges where 20 movies and television shows were filmed using numerous entertainment and college websites. The list includes films and television shows from all genres, and the colleges are located everywhere from Arizona to Massachusetts to Canada.
One university banned almost all filmmaking after the film’s crew damaged the campus, and another has been used in the film industry since the days of the Marx Brothers and is so popular it employs an on-site film coordinator. This list also includes one of the greatest college comedy films ever made, a dystopian tale of a theocratic dictatorship that has taken over the U.S., and a horror film anthology by the modern master of the zombie film who was an alum of the university where they shot the film.
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