The Sims 3 University Life
Majors, Class, Degree Performance, and Graduation Benefits
|Enrolling/Aptitude||Majors/Attending||PlantSims||Science||Social Networking||Street Art|
|Jocks||Sports Agent||Nerds||Game Developer||Rebels||Art Appraiser|
This Guide covers attending Sims University in The Sims 3 University Life Expansion Pack. You'll learn about improving your school performance, the requirements for each Major, and University Services that you can use to help your Sim make the most of their college experience.
If you have not, first read Enrolling and the Aptitude Test to learn about Scholarships and Credits to go toward your degree that can only be earned by using the Sim University Aptitude Test.
Arriving: Claiming a Dorm or House
When your Sim first arrives, you get to choose to either rent a home, stay in dorms, or live with a sorority or fraternity. Dorms (map markers indicate co-ed, fraternity, or sorority apartments) are free, though you'll pay from $300 to $3500 to rent a home in town for your stay. If you've chosen to live in a Dorm, you should select a bed to claim and choose door lock options to keep other Sims out of your room.
When classes start, you will have a performance bar on the Academics Simology tab. Unlike careers, you do not have to meet certain requirements to keep your academic performance up. Instead, doing any of the things listed will help your standing in class - though skipping classes, activities and lectures will hurt your performance.
Here are each of the academic performance metrics for Sim University:
- Attend Class
Class times fall into three time slots that fall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Classes can be from 8-10AM, 12-2PM, or 4-6PM. Fully booked, you will always have these three class times. If you took one or two classes, the class name and time slot are selected randomly from these three possibilities. Class names mean nothing and you will not have to schedule your classes. All students will have a lecture on Tuesday for two hours, class activity on thursday for two hours, depending on the degree. While in class you can choose the amount of effort to put into it, with sleeping restoring energy, sucking up building relations from the professor, and work hard giving the most direct boost to academic performance. During lectures you can also take notes or sleep.
You can use computers, the textbook you're given when you arrive, or your Sim's smartphone to study. Studying gradually raises the bar. Select form Study Group and your Sim can study with other Sims and raise their relationship with them.
Raising Skills associated with your Major will give your Sim academic performance, as will using the skill object they're given by default.
All Sims attending University have Exams on Friday at the usual class time. Your grade will be determined by your current performance. You can choose to cheat or beg for a better grade (if your Sim is friends with the Professor). Scoring well on an Exam will give your Sim a +10 moodlet for 4h for Passing with Flying Colors.
Applying for Extra Funds
Once per 24h, your Sim can apply for extra funds from the University. This gives you $50 per point of academic performance, up to 100 (it starts in the middle, so 75% of the bar would be $2500). So, you can apply and when your performance goes up, get even more free money from the university administration building.
If your Sim gets their performance bar up, you'll earn a Dean's List +20 moodlet for so long as you keep it high. This is a great mood boost to make your Sim's life easier.
Graduation and Degree Benefits
At the end of your term, if you've acquired enough credit hours during your term (need 48) and have a passing grade (C or Above), your Sim will graduate. Graduation takes place Saturday at noon and will give your Sim a diploma. You'll also get an extra trait slot for your Sim, which gives you six with a max possible of seven with a social group trait. If you get another degree, it simply lets you switch the free trait. It's advisable to go to graduation as some have reported missing their free academics trait for skipping. Your Sims will go home on Saturday night around 9PM.
Out in the world, you'll get a bonus in careers associated with your Sim's major. A final 'C' grade would start you at career level 2, 'B' level 3, and 'A' students start at career level 4. The degree also gives you a permanent boost to your Sim's hourly wage. At level 4, it is about 2.5x the starting salary.
Sims University Majors, Performance, and Career Bonuses
There are six majors to choose from. This section will list the skills and objects that boost your Sim's performance in them.
|Business||Charisma, Social Networking||Business Planner||Business, Criminal|
|Communications||Writing, Photography*||Mobile Radio Station||Journalism, Politics, Fortune Teller|
|Fine Arts||Street Art, Painting, Cooking, Guitar||Sketchbook||Culinary, Music, Film|
|Physical Education||Athletic||Anatomy Skeleton||Professional Sports|
|Science and Medicine||Science, Gardening, Fishing||Anatomy Skeleton||Medical, Science|
|Technology||Handiness, Logic||Brain Enhancement Machine||Law Enforcement, Military|
* - The Sims 3 University Life gives players the World Adventures Photography Skill.
Additionally I got a wish for a second degree (+15,000 LTH) and a third one (+30,000 LTH).
I'm curious if there will be wishes for more degrees in the future.
Thanks for the info. I wanted to let you know that the following statement is incorrect: "All students will have a lecture on Tuesday from 4-6PM and a class activity Thursdays from 4-6PM." My sim had lecture on Tuesday from 8-10 AM and class activity on thursdays from 8-10 AM. I believe the Tue and Thur thing is for all sims, but the time varies.
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