If Pennbrook actually existed, Mr. Feeny could be your professor. If only…
There comes a time in every high school based sitcom’s life when thirty year-old actors just can’t be realistic eighteen years-old anymore. And when this inevitable time comes to bid adieu to high school and ship our favorite characters off to a world of higher education, the 2,680 accredited colleges and universities in the United States simply just aren’t enough. Clearly Hollywood needs make up a few fake colleges, too, just for good measure. Here are the top five colleges that we wish we could have applied too (barring that they existed outside of the television set).
Pennbrook University — Boy Meets World
Located in Philadelphia, Pennbrook University was once my dream school. (I spent much of my entire elementary school career insisting I wanted to go to there. Go ahead and laugh, but I KNOW you wanted to apply there, too.) After all, aside from that fact that Dean Bolander and Mr. Feeny were the only faculty members and there was exactly one classroom in the entire university, Pennbrook always seemed like a solid option to me. Seemingly a mashup of Saint Joseph’s University, University of Pennsylvania and other Philadelphia-area colleges, Pennbrook was the natural choice for Cory, Shawn and Topanga. Plus, it’s worth noting that Topanga gave up Yale to go there, so the academics must be phenomenal.
The University of New York — Felicity
So I may or may not be vicariously attending college in the city via Felicity reruns. Whatever, I have no shame. The entire premise of this favorite WB drama sets up as Felicity not-so secretly stalks her high school crush Ben Covington to The University of New York located in Greenwich Village. She completely scraps her original plans to attend Stanford to follow a boy she spoke to once. Solid life choices, Felicity.
Despite Ben finding out about her not-so-secret creeper move and not really returning her affection (or filing a restraining order), she decided to remain at the University of New York anyway. My guess is because U of NY was just as fabulous as it looked on TV.
Cyprus-Rhodes University — Greek
Thought to be a University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and High Point University combo platter, Cyprus-Rhodes is the almost completely Greek-dominated college located in Ohio. Very rarely in Greek do we actually meet any characters not in a frat or sorority (then again, given the title of the show, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise). With that being said, I would happily attend some of the intricately themed soirees hosted by the also fictitious fraternities, Kappa Tau Gamma (ΚΤΓ) and Omega Chi Delta (ΩΧΔ). And can we just take a second to talk about the mansions these students live in? I swear college always looks so much more fun on TV…
John Adams College — Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
After choosing between Boston University and The Other Realm University (I know, I had that dilemma, too), Sabrina finally decided to attend John Adams College, a small liberal arts school in her hometown. Honestly, I’d say that Sabrina Spellman definitely got the best housing deal EVER. Without even using her powers, she got to live in the heart of Boston in a gorgeous house with only three other people. Why can’t we all be that lucky?
Boston Bay College — Dawson’s Creek
I’m still not quite sure how Dawson’s Creek kept its title once the aforementioned creek remained in Capeside, Mass., while Dawson and his friends packed up for creek-less, big-city life in Boston. Either way, apparently Boston Bay seemed like such a viable option that somebody actually took the time to make the school a website. I’m amused and frightened all at the same time.
On a side note, for any high school seniors reading this: If you were about to apply to any of these colleges, or if Pennbrook was your dream school, too, my sincere apologies.
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