The Sims 3: University Life

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The Sims 3: University Life
The Sims 3 University box art.jpg
Developer(s) EA Maxis (Salt Lake City)
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series The Sims
Platform(s) OS X, Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA March 5, 2013
  • EU March 8, 2013
Genre(s) Life simulation
Mode(s) Single-player

The Sims 3: University Life is the ninth expansion pack for The Sims 3.


Sims University (pictured) is the sub-neighbourhood that University Life is based on.

University Life is college-themed, similar to The Sims 2: University. It was created on 2013 by EA Maxis and published by Electronic Arts.

Sims University[edit]

Sims University is a sub-neighborhood probably based on New England Campuses that functions similarly to the vacation worlds in World Adventures. Its mascot is a llama. In order to attend university, Sims must be a young adult or older. When a non-player mascot is near the Sims' lots, they can take an aptitude test. The results will depend on their skills, traits, work experience and school grades. The results also show the total aptitude score, along with the sub-scores for the majors and cerid award. The amount of financial assistance (scholarship) provided to the Sim is also determined by the test.

Enrolling in college can be done on phone, computer, or going to the public school and enrolling there. The player can select the Sim's major, out of either Business, Communications, Fine Arts, Physical Education, Science and Medicine, or Technology, as well as the amount of credits they wish to study for, and whether they want to study for one or two terms. Taking more credits will allow a Sim to obtain their degree faster, but they will have more of their time taken up by studying.

To receive a degree, a Sim must obtain 48 credits for it, and pass their final exams. Having a degree will allow a Sim to start at a higher level in careers relevant to the degree, and they will also be paid more. These benefits will increase the higher the Sim's grade.

University Life also introduces social groups: Jocks, Nerds and Rebels. The player can join these social groups, and move up in their rankings by befriending members of the group and/or doing activities and interactions related to the group. As they progress through the ranks they can unlock new interactions and objects, and later pick an additional trait. A Sim who reaches rank 10 with a group will be given a job offer in a special career unique to that group.


It was first leaked on the Russian version of Origin, but later taken down. It was then hinted in a teaser in a Maxis live broadcast, and the Spanish version of the logo was displayed in an EA game launch event that showcased new releases including The Sims 3: 70s, 80s & 90s Stuff. Nine screenshots were leaked on the EA owned website Digital River, but fansites were asked to remove them, though they still exist in posts on The Sims 3 official community forums. On December 29, 2012, The Sims 3: University Life was rated T for Teen by the ESRB, confirming that it is official, and has completed development. The game was officially announced on January 8, 2013.[1] The expansion pack was released in North America on March 5, 2013 and Europe on March 8, 2013 with the North American release date coinciding with SimCity.


  1. ^ "EA Announces The Sims 3 University!". SimsVIP. January 8, 2013. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 

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