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The Sims 4 Discover University: Academic Aspiration Overview

The Sims 4 Discover University comes with one new Knowledge aspiration: Academic. The Academic aspiration is focused on getting a higher education at university and will encourage your Sims to get good grades in university and do various university-related activities.

The aspiration is a good way for players to familiarize themselves with some of the new gameplay features of Discover University, but Sims do not need to have this aspiration to attend university or to explore any of the new features of Discover University.

Completing the Academic aspiration will grant your Sim the Higher Education trait.


  • Achieve Level 3 Research & Debate Skill
  • Enroll in a university

Bright-Eyed Student

  • Achieve Level 5 Research & Debate Skill
  • Attend Guest Lectures (0/3)
  • Finish a Course with an A Grade

Avid Academic

  • Have a Term GPA of B or Higher
  • Tutor Students
  • Achieve Level 6 Research & Debate Skill

Senior Scholar

  • Earn a Degree
  • Contribute Knowledge on a Research Archive Machine
  • Achieve Level 7 Research & Debate Skill
  • Get a Job Using a Degree

Reward Trait

Higher Education: This Sim has proven they have what it takes to excel at University. Along the way, they learned a lot, allowing them to gain more skill using the Electromagnetic Research Archive Machine and earn more money from Publishing Research Papers and Contributing Knowledge.


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  • I’m actually not a huge fan of the fact that this aspiration expects you to raise the skill before enrolling but I guess I kind of understand, lol, but
    Thank you all for all of the great articles!

    • Having skills enables you to try for Distinguished degree or apply for skilled based scholarships. It’s not a requirement. There’s several ways to play as a student so sometimes not having skills can make things more challenging academically and financially.

  • What I found you can do if you dont get a lot of scholarships and you are poor, is take two classes first term and then use that time to get skills for new scholarships

    • You can’t have Sims in University as teens. They have to be young adults or older. I imagine there will be a mod changing this eventually, but for now it’s only young adult through elder.

  • Hi does anyone else get game glitch in bugs and crashes on the console mainly xbox and ps4 players. Or am I the only one who gets them? Also why do sims seems drawn only to laptops or computers on the console? They stand around doing nothing or gravitate towards pics it sucks on console.

  • Has anyone else found that after contributing knowledge it isn’t registered by the aspiration? My Sim has done it 4 times know and it still remains unchecked… any clue what I’m doing wrong?

    • this happened to me (I tried to use the ui cheats mod to fix it that way but I think it unchecked itself when I switched lots?), but when I finished the other tasks the aspiration still registered as completed, so I’m not sure what’s up with it!

      • Yeah it seems like this aspiration is bugged. I had green checks throughout the entire aspirtion then I get to avid academic and it stops checking them off and all the previous task no longer have a green check mark. Tutor a student nothing, I have a max skill in research and debate and it doesnt count. I dont use mods so its obviously a glitch with the pack.