Fake College, Real Mug
April 8, 2019 7:17 AM   Subscribe

Please help me find coffee mugs for fake colleges and universities. I'm looking for otherwise normal looking mugs, ideally highlighting a place from media or popular culture, like this one from Hogwarts. I'm not looking for parodies of real institutions, like this one for Harvard Law. Subtler is better, as this is for a long-term practical joke. What do you recommend?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow to Grab Bag (33 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Sunnydale High School from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
posted by FencingGal at 7:19 AM on April 8 [6 favorites]

Greendale Community College from Community
posted by crocomancer at 7:21 AM on April 8 [5 favorites]

Miskatonic University, from the works of HP Lovecraft.
posted by LSK at 7:23 AM on April 8 [4 favorites]

Faber College from Animal House
posted by sheldman at 7:23 AM on April 8

Starfleet Academy.
posted by gideonfrog at 7:26 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

Hudson University is a popular name for a fictional NYC school, usually not a direct analog for any in particular but a composite. It's shown up in a number of media but probably most famously the Law & Order series; attending Hudson appears to put students at a statistically outrageously high risk for violent, TV-worthy assault considering how safe New York is overall.
posted by Tomorrowful at 7:27 AM on April 8 [10 favorites]

Hudson University is the Columbia stand-in on Law & Order. I think they may also have a fake name for NYU, but I can't remember what it is.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:28 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

How about a nice Hampden College Classics Department mug?
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 7:37 AM on April 8

Also the Vulcan Academy of Science.
posted by gideonfrog at 7:46 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy
posted by Kirth Gerson at 7:46 AM on April 8

Mars University, from Futurama
posted by The Underpants Monster at 7:46 AM on April 8

Monsters University
posted by Kirth Gerson at 7:52 AM on April 8

Neptune High School from Veronica Mars
posted by something something at 7:55 AM on April 8

Looks like someone on Zazzle actually made college merch for the South Harmon Institute of Technology from the movie Accepted.
posted by helloimjennsco at 9:14 AM on April 8

I'm sorry I'm not as smart as you, Kirk. We didn't all go to Gudger College!
posted by SansPoint at 9:17 AM on April 8

Whatsamatta U Go Moose! (and Squirrel)
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:49 AM on April 8 [2 favorites]

Some of the shows with highschools also have colleges, such as Hearst College on Veronica Mars and UC Sunnydale on Buffy.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 9:52 AM on April 8

Pacific Tech from Real Genius.
posted by Chrysostom at 10:06 AM on April 8

Star Fleet Academy.
posted by fingersandtoes at 10:57 AM on April 8

Sadly I can't seem to find any merchandise for the University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:03 AM on April 8 [2 favorites]

Adams College (go Atoms!) from Revenge of the Nerds

Also, Hillman college is one of the other frequent fake colleges from Law & Order.
posted by Sunburnt at 11:18 AM on April 8

Hillman is also the college from A Different World.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 11:46 AM on April 8 [2 favorites]

Sierra Madre City College where I believe you can purchase a coffee mug from the Bottle Shop. Various "departments" of the college have floats in the city's annual fourth of July parade. Examples
posted by blob at 1:09 PM on April 8

It's been a while since I was there, but Ketchum, Idaho (home of the popular Sun Valley ski resort) had shops selling University of Ketchum mugs. The nearest actual university was probably University of Southern Idaho, 76 miles/122 kilometers away.
posted by blob at 1:14 PM on April 8

Enfield Tennis Academy
posted by Mchelly at 4:52 PM on April 8

How about Peter Parker's alma mater, Empire State University?
posted by honey wheat at 5:07 PM on April 8 [1 favorite]

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