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on August 2, 2013
This expansion pack is reminiscent of the World Adventures pack in that your Sims can leave home for an extended period of time and do something. Your Sims can study and learn new skills which will go towards a degree and your Sims will now be able to climb the social ladder...not only will you be able to make friends, but you will also be given a rank in your social circle(s). Aside from the cool new skills and the new social hierarchy, there is new stuff you can get and use in both your home world, your vacation home abroad and at the University. So, yes you can begin the street art skill, science skill...etc. before even enrolling. At the university, along with the new skills your Sims will be expected to keep their grades up; you can do this by having your Sims study, pass exams, attend classes and of course gain knowledge about the skills they will need for their major. Your decisions effect your grades...skip a class and your grade slips, study hard and attend classes and you'll pass exams and your grades go up. Your Sims can get multiple degrees and join multiple social circles.
But "why the average rating?" you ask. Well, all the cool new stuff and skills won't hide the fact that this pack is buggy and lags quite a bit! Plus there's the fact that you have to download it from Origin.
If you're a hardcore Sims addict or just looking for something sort of like World Adventures, this pack is for you! But if you're not sold on the idea of downloading from Origin, or if you can't stand the lag then it's best to skip this one.
The stuff (other than the stuff for the new skills) is dorm room minimalist and compared to other packs like Supernatural, there isn't a ton of stuff. If you're thinking about getting this one wait for it to go on sale or drop in price...the stuff and the fact that you can send your Sims to college isn't worth the almost $30 price tag.
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With new places to go and tons of new stuff to do once you get there, The Sims 3 University reminds me of the Sims 3 World Adventures expansion pack. As soon as your Sim is an adult, they now get the option to go off to the Sims University. When you start the game, the university sports team mascot pays a visit to your home and drops off a welcome kit. Inside is an aptitude test your sims can take to see if they have enough skills to qualify for a full or partial scholarship to help you pay for their schooling. After you find out how much you qualify for, you can head over to the nearest computer or just pick up your phone and enroll in school. Once you do, you leave your home, much like when your sims take a vacation. Instead of setting the number of days you want to be gone and to which destination you want to visit, you choose how many credits you want to attend to work on getting, and you chose your degree. You can chose from Business, Technology, Science and Medicine, Fine Arts, Communication and Physical Education.

Once you leave for school, you can chose to live in a dorm with others, rent your own house or stay in a sorority house. Once you pick out where you want to live, you go inside with everyone else and claim which bed you want for your own. The dorms are large and there's lots to do. Pools, game rooms, workout equipment, large sitting areas with study materials and fully equip kitchens are all at your disposal. The dorms are filled with lots of other sims as well, so there's no shortage of new friends to be made.

While enrolled, your sim has certain responsibilitys to attend to in order to graduate. They need to attend classes, study their materials, take exams and work with their "skill object" that they are assigned to for their chosen degree. You have a daily course schedule you follow so you know when to attend which class.

Just as important as your sims schoolwork, is the new social network system now included in the game. You sims cell phone has turned from just something to order services and call friends, to now being a major factor in the way the game is played. Sims now get new advantages and have new goals with the social network, and the sims phone helps them manage their network. There are 3 different social groups, Nerds, Rebels and Jocks. Befriending them and doing certain interactions with them brings all kinds of new advantages. Your sims will now even get texts from friends instead of just calls.

Managing your sims education and social life becomes quite a balancing act. Many nights your sims will have to decide which is more important, sleep for exams or a super social party you're expected to attend. Often your sim doesn't have time between classes to work on their needs, so a pit stop at the local parks for a picnic lunch and a bathroom break helps tide you over till you can get home. All night and day your sims will be deciding how to manage every waking moment, there is just that much new stuff to do.

Including in all the new activities is a ton of new items as well. New clothes and hair, beds (including one that folds up into the wall), new dresser, and tons of new fun activity items. Foosball tables, bowling lanes, tennis tables, soccer balls, Frisbees and hacky-sacks are all new things your sim can participate in. There are lots of school items like whiteboards, anatomy skeletons, research station, brain enhancing machines, sketch pads, new chairs and desks, computers, backpacks and even a large moving van to come get all your items. For parties and hanging out, there are now arcade machines, pool tables, huge bonfires, vending machines and a juice keg (which is quite funny to watch when several sims start doing keg stands)!

The Sims University has just a ton of new content and things to do and see in game. Whether you're daring friends to streak around campus, working in a study group to learn faster, amassing a huge network of new friends to party with every night, or mastering the new sims social network, there's tons to do and after hours and hours of gameplay, you'll only scratch the surface.
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on October 31, 2013
I am amazed that there was this cheaper option that I never knew about. I read about other people having problems, but I didn't have any. Make sure your game is up to date, and that you have an Origin login, and it should be easy. No complaints at all. Great game.
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on May 11, 2016
First of all i have to say that I am a huge sims fan.
The university life game is an expension to the regular sims 3 game. So you HAVE to already own the Sims 3 game. It will not work without it.
The download is always quick and easy and the game starts fast.
This expension allows you to send your sims to college. Which gives you another world to play in. It is a great expension pack that actually opens alot of new stories to the game.
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on November 4, 2015
Gigantic pain in the butt to start the download, and heaven help you if there's an interruption in your wi-fi. Our wi-fi went down for a few minutes during the download. The result - download incomplete, code no longer valid on re-try, no one anywhere to help. This purchase wound up being a donation to EA, we never got the game to download. I wound up buying a disk at the store - Dammit! My kids do like their Sims games however, so there's that.
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on August 8, 2015
This is a really fun game - that doesn't work! It's so buggy that I've only successfully completed and gotten credit for 1 semester of college with 1 sim! With this little success you'd think I would rate it a 1-star, but the fact is that it's so fun I keep enjoying myself when TRYING to get a sim to graduate, without success. It does get very frustrating after a while though. Come on EA, you can do better than this.
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on July 25, 2014
I'm not going to lie, I'm a huge Sims geek. I have followed the entire franchise from the very beginning. This is not one of my favorite expansions. It's not the worst . . . but certainly not the best. The game play feels rushed and hectic. I suppose this is similar to real college life, but if you load up the class schedule your entire game play is watching your sim starve all day while attending classes, then crash when they get home. Some of the new features are fun, but some seem pointless (like the clique ratings).

I have enjoyed the game play and some of the new features but I was looking for just a little more.
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on June 19, 2017
It never let me download the game.
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on August 7, 2013
The Sims are going back to school for this expansion pack. There are quite a few popular additions to the game including social media levels, new career choices, and the all-encompassing dorm life. Maybe it's time your Simoleons were put to good use and your sims learned something to enhance their career!
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on June 11, 2017
This was a gift.
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