10 Hollywood Movie Sets on US University Campuses
College years are probably the best years of one’s life. The impact of higher education on pop culture is evident from the sheer number of college movies churned out by Hollywood each year. Some of them strike a chord with a generation of people and get passed on as legacy, while some fail miserably at making an impression. Some go on to become highest grosser while some prove to be box office bombs. So, if you were making a college movie, what would be the best setting for you to shoot it?
The answer is as obvious as it gets…an actual college US University campus! Some of these reel campuses portrayed are in fact shot on real campuses. From the lush green grass to the imposing buildings, from bustling cafeterias to the tranquil library halls; the feel of an actual campus is very difficult to recreate. This article will take you behind the scenes to the campuses where the magic happened.
The 1993 American sports movie was the only movie since “Knute Rockne, All American” to be filmed at Notre Dame‘s campus. The training Room in the Joyce Center also made an appearance.
|Reel Campus: University of Notre Dame||
Real Campus: University of Notre Dame; South Bend, Indiana
The 2008 heist drama film starring Kevin Spacey takes place in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The film is actually shot in Boston University as MIT didn’t allow filming on campus.
|Reel Campus: MIT||
Real Campus: Boston University
8. The Social Network
The 2008 drama film portraying the founding of social media giants Facebook was filmed in the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. The movie was supposed to be filmed at Harvard but request were denied as on-campus filming has been banned ever since the physical damage caused to the campus while filming “Love Story” (1970).
|Reel Campus: Harvard University||
Real Campus: John Hopkins University
7. Old School
The 2003 American comedy film featuring Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell was set in the fictional campus of Harrison University. The actual filming is done on numerous venues which include Harvard, University of California Los Angles and University of Southern California.
|Reel Campus: Harrison University||
Real Campus: Harvard University, UCLA, University of Southern California
6. Revenge of the Nerds
The 1984 comedy film depicting social life in college is set in Adams College. The exterior scenes were shot at University of Arizona. The other campus to make an appearance was Texas A&M University’s campus.
|Reel Campus: Adams College||
Real Campus: University of Arizona, Texas A&M University
5. Wonder Boys
Based on the 1995 novel “Wonderboys” by the American writer Michael Chabon, this comedy film is set in Carnegie Mellon. It was shot in CMU and some parts were also filmed at Chatham College.
|Reel Campus: Carnegie Mellon University||
Real Campus: Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College
4. Breaking Away
The 1979 academy award winning Comedy-drama is set and shot in Indiana University campus.
|Reel Campus: Indiana University||
Real Campus: Indiana University
3. Back To School
The 1986 comedy film starring the veteran comedian Rodney Dangerfield, stresses on the point that money can’t buy education or happiness. University of Wisconsin-Madison served as the fictional Grand Lakes University.
|Reel Campus: Grand Lakes University||
Real Campus: University of Wisconsin
2. Good Will Hunting
The critically and financially successful 1997 drama film starring Matt Damon, Robin Williams and Ben Affleck depicts the struggle of a working class genius just like Lennon’s working class hero. The movie takes place at MIT, but was shot at a lot of venues including Harvard, MIT and University of Toronto.
|Reel Campus: MIT||
Real Campus: Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1. Animal House
Regarded by some as the best college movie of all time, this 1978 comedy flick is set in the fictional college called Faber. The University of Oregon served as the backdrop of Faber College.
|Reel Campus: Faber College||
Real Campus: University of Oregon, Eugene
Higher education plays a very important role in shaping you up for your career ahead. It has the potential to be the two best years of your life, if you choose wisely.
So be careful with your university shortlisting process.
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