Hudson University is a fictional university alluded to in the TV shows The Cosby Show, Degrassi: the Next Generation, Law & Order, Conviction, Tru Calling, Without a Trace, Castle, Touch, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Unforgettable, and in the DC Comics universe. It is generally described as being in New York City, and is probably named after English explorer Henry Hudson, or something in New York City named after him, like: the Hudson River, or its valley Hudson Valley; the Henry Hudson Parkway; or the Henry Hudson Bridge.
Hudson University was mentioned in the CBS drama Blue Bloods.
Hudson University is also used in ABC's Castle starring Nathan Fillion in the episodes "The Mistress Always Spanks Twice," where the victim was a student at the fictional school; and "A Deadly Game," where the police encounter Ukrainian exchange students at Hudson who have bought counterfeit IDs. The school appears again in the episode "Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind," as the location of an altitude chamber. The school was mentioned in the episodes "Head Case" and "Dial M for Mayor" as the employer of the episodes' victims. It alluded to in "The Fast and the Furriest" as the school of the victim, an evolutionary biology major who was killed while supposedly tracking Bigfoot. Most recently, in "Time Will Tell," the target of an assassin who may or may not have been from the future was a physics student at Hudson.
The Cosby Show
Hudson University is also used in the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show as the medical school Cliff Huxtable attended.
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Hudson University is also used in the Canadian teenage drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. One of the main characters, Jimmy Brooks, receives acceptance to the prestigious university's Law program.
Law & Order
Over the years, Hudson University has seen several detectives visit its campus in search of suspects and witnesses, especially in cases that involve college students and professors. By using a fictional school rather than a real college, the writers of Law & Order are able to weave the university into several narratives without the fear of misrepresenting the rate of crime at one of New York's actual institutions of higher learning.
Hudson University is a composite of several colleges and universities located in New York City including Columbia University, Barnard College, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Hunter College, Lehman College, New York University, City College of New York, Queens College, Union Theological Seminary, General Theological Seminary, Pace University and Fordham University, all of which have been used as filming locations. For filming purposes, NYU is one of the least used locations in the series due to the high cost of filming in the university's buildings and surrounding area (one of Lennie Briscoe's daughters, Julia, was once said to be a film student at NYU, but the show never filmed there). The show has shown Hudson University on a map of New York City where the real life Yeshiva University is located, and a Season 20 episode, "Innocence", depicted a fictional "Hudson Innocence Project" modeled on the real life Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. That same episode also identified Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter as a graduate of Hudson's Law School, making him the first Law & Order prosecutor to have graduated from a fictional law school.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
The Secret Life of the American Teenager takes place in Valley Glen, California. Hudson University is a plane ride away, in New York, and two of its main characters, Amy Juergens and Ben Boykewich, have been accepted. They charge a non-refundable $2,000 application fee to ensure that students are serious about attending. By requesting early acceptance, a student is agreeing that they will be attending the university.
Hudson University was used on the CBS drama Unforgettable in the episode "Day of the Jackie," and again in the episode "Till Death," with scenes set in the campus bookstore and Dean's office.
Hudson University is a fictional location in the DC Universe. It was first mentioned in Batman #217 (December 1969). Like many fictional locations in the comics, Hudson University's corresponding location in the real world is never made clear. According to the Atlas of the DC Universe (published by Mayfair Games), it is located in the fictional city of New Carthage, New York.
Notable former students at Hudson University include Dick Grayson/Robin (who only attended for one semester), Professor Martin Stein, Crystal Frost, Louise Lincoln, and Duela Dent. The father of Amy Winston was a professor of English at Hudson.
In New Adventures of Superboy #51 (1984), a teenaged Clark Kent is shown pondering whether to accept an offer to attend Hudson University, but eventually chooses Metropolis University in Metropolis instead.
- Drew Grant. "The five douchiest fictional colleges in America". Salon.com, 7/22/2011.