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James’ Sims 2 Thoughts: The Sims 2: University (2005)

So by March 2005, we had The Sims 2  for about five months. During this time, we had a chance to really get into all of its new features and amazing start of the art graphics. But in March of 2005, The first expansion pack of The Sims 2 was unveiled and released…

So, without any further a do, lets travel back to March 1st 2005, when The Sims 2: University was released.

University gave us the amazing opportunity to send our sims to college! And if this wasn’t enough, the Maxis team gave us a new life stage: Young Adult.  This did come with a catch, however.  The young adult stage only existed when your sims were at university.

First, a New Create a Sim skin was added, called Create a Student.  This was like CAS, but only had one life stage: Young Adult.


The game gave us 3 brand new college sub-neighborhoods to explore:

  • La Fiesta Tech
  • Académie Le Tour
  • Sim State University


The only difference between the  towns were the asthetics. Each “College Town” gave us the same 11 majors our sims could declare.

  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • History
  • Literature


Each one of the already existing careers had a specific major that went along with them. For example, if you wanted your sim to be in the slacker career, you’d have your Sim be a Philosophy Major. If they wanted a career as a scientist, they would have two majors to pick from, Biology or Mathematics

When a sim moves into one of the three college towns, they have one of 3 residences that they can choose from:

  • Dorms
  • Private Residences
  • Greek Houses


Once your sim moves into one of the three types of residences, they get to declare their major by either the phone or a computer.  Once they declared their major, it was time to begin their college career!

To do well in university, you needed to do certain things to get high grades, such as writing a term paper, attending class, doing assignments and going to the final exam.  If you had good grades by at the end of each semester, the school would offer you a grant for the next semester.  The higher your grades were, the amount of money you would receive would be higher too.

If your Sim failed a semester, they would be put on academic probation. If they failed two consecutive semesters in a row, they would be kicked out of the school, and receive an extra “fear” slot, as a shameful remainder on what happened in their college career.

On a more positive note, if they did well for all 8 semesters, they will graduate with all the Pomp and Circumstance as they deserve. Plus, when they come back home from university, they will have an extra 2 “want ” slots, which brings up their “wants” to six.

University also came with 4 new Career tracks. The catch with these tracks, however, is that only college alumni can go into them. They are:

  • Artist
  • Show Buisness
  • Natural Science
  • Paranormal

These also came with brand new career rewards, which including the infamous Cowplant ( Laganaphyllis simnovorii).

The Sims 2: University was a really great addition to the series. I never actually owned it until a few years after it came out in 2005. But The Sims 2 University wasn’t the only University pack in the history of The Sims. “The Sims 3: University Life” was modeled after the Sims 2 University (2 is better in my opinion, but that’s because I adore everything about the Sims 2, so take or leave my biased opinion :D)

Thanks for reading! Next week, I will be taking a trip to downtown, with The Sims 2: Nightlife

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  • After this expansion came out it was like a rite of passage for all my teen Sims to go to Uni before aging up, still play through it when I boot up the game now. Only real issue I take with it is that it gets quite repetitive after the first two years, but because they’re not actually there for that long you don’t really have time to get bored with it. It set the standard for Sims expansion packs and pretty much everything they came out with for TS2 lived up to it imo <3 #longliveTS2
    I've got my fingers crossed for a TS4 uni pack but after City Living completely shat all over apartments I don't want to think about how badly they could mess up a uni pack; it wouldn't surprise me if we only got 3 majors (something related to video games, something related to cooking and something related to art/music) with the students living at home and going to rabbit hole classes.

  • Dear creative team,

    Happy new year! I wanna say thank you for the hard work you guys put into all your game.I believe some games can Bring positive chages into players or bad impact. But by far The Sims you have done it,well done.

    I wanna introduce the sims in my state here in Africa.To teenagers who are going through emotional breakdown,and to those who had been hanging with the wrong group.Just to keep them out of trouble and to occupy them with this interesting game.Just to keep their minds busy and entertained.Who knows maybe something might come out of it.

    Maybe one of the youths might be interested in being an architect.

    I am a parent and my kid has been stealing money just to purchase game item.Well at first I didn’t notice because it was only 10$ ,but this time he has gone far as to steal 2000$. I thought he was hanging in a bad gang and all evil thoughts went through my mind. If its a must you need to make cash make dolls or action vigorous.
    2000$ to 200$ Can pay hospital bills,get someone a roof over their heads. Think about it.P

    Anyway i am writing to you guys because i have good intentions towards your games.Mostly The Sim.

    NOTE: Plesase please do forgive me if this ideas are already in process or already thought of.And it may be a silly or may also not be the reason why the game was designed for.But with each year that passes people do want something new. Because we are different people,people with different ideas,inspiration,contributions and expectations.

    More options of human Insurrections.

    (A) I have been play with an app called “choice” stories you play. One of the products of Pixelberry Studios.

    Well the whole reason i am suggesting this is that you might find more options of interactions and facial expression. Like

    – kiss on a cheek,kiss on the forehead
    – gentleman gestures

    Also i am referring to a specific book from choices. Its the “The freshman “ a story about a teen trying to get to a university/college.Where she meets different friends and a very interesting Professor,and alot of drama that she cant handle.Like love,trust,and trying to stay in university.

    Well maybe if you and Pixelberry Studios join forces,you can do something the players would never think that its possible for the sims to make players feel so attached and very emotional. Making this game a multi purpose game.

    Please do take your time to go through it. I am thinking its a risk but give it a try.This may last generations to come.


    (A) Add physical activities like games or sports like:

    – Jumping rope for all age groups(i got the inspiration from the movie “jump in”)
    – Make sims ride bikes,bicycles,cars

    (B) Make the the sims watch tv from their beds.Fix the light bulbs on a ladder

    (C) Make the sims have a behavior very close to human behavior in real like sitting on a couch being very comfortable like folding one leg and maybe while having a conversation with a group of friends.

    (D) Have the sims open cabinets to revile cleaning supplies,plates,glasses cups and food.

    (E) Have the sims open drawers to revile,spoon,candles,clothes and hammers

    (F) Have more options to furniture if its cabinets,drawers,toilets,floors,roofs,couches

    (G) have the sims look for lost or misplaced items on couches,drawers,clothes and under the bed.