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The Sims 3 University Life

Majors, Class, Degree Performance, and Graduation Benefits

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The Sims 3 University Life - A Student Asks a Question During a Professor's Lecture

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.

The Sims 3 University Life -

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.

University Performance
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.

The Sims 3 University Life - Course Schedule

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.
  • Study
    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.
  • Skills/Objects
    Raising Skills associated with your Major will give your Sim academic performance, as will using the skill object they're given by default.
  • Exams
    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.
The Sims 3 University Life - Apply for Extra Funds at the Administration Center

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.

Dean's List
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.

The Sims 3 University Life Graduation Robes

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.

The Sims 3 University Life - Hands-on Learning with a Class Activity for a Technology Major
Sims Universty Majors' Performance and Career Bonuses
MajorSkillsObjectsCareer Bonuses
BusinessCharisma, Social NetworkingBusiness PlannerBusiness, Criminal
CommunicationsWriting, Photography*Mobile Radio StationJournalism, Politics, Fortune Teller
Fine ArtsStreet Art, Painting, Cooking, GuitarSketchbookCulinary, Music, Film
Physical EducationAthleticAnatomy SkeletonProfessional Sports
Science and MedicineScience, Gardening, FishingAnatomy SkeletonMedical, Science
TechnologyHandiness, LogicBrain Enhancement MachineLaw Enforcement, Military

* - The Sims 3 University Life gives players the World Adventures Photography Skill.

Comments (130)

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gothelittle says...
Do yourself a favor when you lock your bedroom. You can also lock the nearest bathroom. That will keep roommates from bursting in while you're using the toilet and make it much easier to find time to shower or bathe!
8th March 2013 12:07pm
MSteg says...
This is the most useful piece of advice ever. I highly suggest using it. Those bathrooms in the dorms are crowded.
20th December 2013 2:41pm
Macklezee says...
I usually just set my locks so that me, and if I desire a roommate, one other person can get in. Then: SET BED OWNERSHIP. I made the mistake of not doing it one time, and some random sims started calling my room their own! With the bathrooms, I lock boys out of one and girls out of another.
6th January 2014 5:23pm
Orbit says...
Will we be able to repeat majors after graduating from them? I wouldn't like it if there was a limit to how many times you can go to university.
8th March 2013 5:12pm
Shannyi says...
You should be able to go for a different major after finishing your first one. My friend had her Sim graduate from Technology and take on Fine Arts the next time.
15th March 2013 8:35am
Shannyi says...
And now also confirmed by myself. My Sim is taking on her third degree.
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.
18th March 2013 7:08am
Orbit says...
So what you're saying is you CAN get a second degree after completing a major? Like, if you got a fine arts degree and you want another fine arts degree? Is that what you're saying?
28th March 2013 8:49pm
Horuss says...
That is exactly what xe is saying.
15th April 2013 4:09pm
Simaniac says...
if you already have a fine arts degree why would you want another one?
17th April 2013 1:56pm
Orbit says...
I just don't want to end up having every degree and never getting to experience university again unless it's with a new family. I'm guilty with the crime of using cheats to make my Sims 3 game a bit like a virtual dollhouse.
24th April 2013 8:31am
Kerry says...
No, you cannot have two of the same degree you can get a different degree but not the same.
30th March 2014 6:26pm
Orbit says...
Oh, no. :( I tested it out today, and it turns out I wasn't able to go for a second Fine Arts degree.
24th June 2013 8:07am
Robin says...
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.
Fixed, thanks.
9th March 2013 12:13am
Jacob says...
Also my sim has a lecture on Thursday and class activity on Tuesday, not the other way around.
14th March 2013 11:27pm
Samantha says...
Great guides! Fast response to the release date. Many thanks :)
9th March 2013 11:06am
Wesley says...
Some ppl (like me) are having problems with classes (they just dont show up). it seems some store fixes are the problem. ):
9th March 2013 4:56pm
Christine says...
I have this problem as well!! I don't know what to do... this takes the fun out of University Life seeing that I can't attend any classes and will NEVER graduate.. :(
16th March 2013 3:25pm
CJ says...
any idea which store fix is causing the problem?
21st March 2013 12:21pm
Elizabeth says...
I just wanted to point out that your information on lectures and class activities is not quite accurate. Lecture and class activity times and days does vary. I'm almost positive that the times and days for your lectures and class activities. I know for the technology degree, you will have your class activity on Tuesday from 4-6 and your lecture on Thursday from 4-6. Fine Arts degree lecture is on Tuesday 12-2 and Class Activity is Thursday 12-2. I also know the Phys Ed lecture/activity is a different time from the ones for technology and fine arts, but I can't remember the specifics.
9th March 2013 9:38pm
Mizea says...
So a cheat sheet, that you make with the laptop or phone, means you can get caught cheating while you have the moodlet. I thought it was like an aid and legit but got caught while working hard.
10th March 2013 1:17am
Tiffany says...
I've had my sim go to university 3 times now & she has yet to go to graduation. It wasn't until reading this that I have even realized there was a graduation ceremony! I finally found it & my sim walked into the building & waltzed right back out & wouldn't go back in, but the option to go to the grad ceremony was gone as well! It's a tad frustrating since when sims graduate high school they go to the ceremony automatically. Suppose I'll try this again!
11th March 2013 10:33am
Alysha says...
If you dont take the aptitude test enroll in the university once and do 36 credits. If you go back a second time do 12 credits. You'll save yourself some time that way. Hope this helps
12th April 2013 8:03pm
Nyliah says...
You can also give lectures and presentations in the lecture hall to increase school perfomance. Playing college sports at the stadium will increase performance for phy ed majors.
11th March 2013 10:39am
Velleni says...
Lectures can be on Tuesdays or Thursdays and class activities can be on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Like with the technology degree, the class activity is on Tuesday and the lecture is on Thursday. So you won't always have a lecture on Tuesday and a class activity on Thursday.
11th March 2013 9:54pm
Maxisfan says...
I had an issue where sims never finished university, i was in my 4th week of study, each monday it said '11 days until final exam'. I gave up in the end.
12th March 2013 10:27am
CLmeow says...
I also have the problem of never ending classes. Every week it resets to 11 more days til graduation. Not sure why. Now I know of the ceremony, I will look for that and see if she will finally get out of endless classes.
8th July 2013 5:20am
Draigh says...
Science and Medicine has it's Class and Lectures at 8 am to 10 am in the morning.
13th March 2013 11:12am
CJ says...
ok so i enrolled in University got there, got my house, and have no classes am i doing something wrong?
14th March 2013 6:09pm
Elizabeth says...
this is a glitch that a lot of people have been having. for most people it was caused by the store fixes. check your packages folder (could also be in the overrides folder, which can be found in the same place as the packages folder, if it's ever been created) and see if StoreFix_DecrapFixes.package, StoreFix_Fixes.package, and StoreFix_Unawesome.package are there. if they are, remove them and downloaded the updated versions of them. if you don't have those files then it's probably being caused by some bad cc. i know a few of the nraas (twallan) mods that were not compitable with patch 1.50 so you may want to also check and see if you have some of those. if none of these suggestions work for you, i'd suggest checked the sims 3 forums for other possible solutions.
19th March 2013 6:12am
Cat says...
The first sim I sent to University did not have a full degree case-load and it was easier. She got to come home over the summer. But, when she went back, the random sims at the University were all different. It was like starting all over from scratch with friendships. So, it is really a trade-off. Whether you want an easy case-load and want a more satisfying University experience, but sacrificing those friendships. :(
16th March 2013 3:12am
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