5 Movies About College Every Incoming Freshman Should See

May 9, 2016

Going away to college to study for GW’s masters in public relations? Then it’s time to prepare yourself for the journey that lies ahead. There are many books you can read and people you can talk to about college life to get an idea of what it will be like. You’ll get a lot of serious answers and some that are motivational. If you are worried about your transition into college, you can ease your mind by watching comedies and inspirational movies revolving around college.

The following are five movies you should definitely check out before you head off to higher education.

Pitch Perfect

Everyone enjoys a great comedy, especially when it involves quirky actors, love interests and unique spins. Pitch Perfect offers all of the above. It is a unique film about an a capella group that competes with other local colleges in championships. The main star is a singer, but is a loner looking to fit in. We all know how being the new guy or gal can be, making this a must-watch for freshmen everywhere.

Into The Wild

If you’re more into films that are inspirational, you’ll like Into The Wild, which is a true story about a man named Christopher McCandless. After graduating from Emory University he decided to leave everything he owned behind and give away $24,000 in his savings account to a charity. Afterward, he set off on an adventure of solitude in Alaska. It starts out as a rejection of the common idea of the “real world” and transitions into a story about human companionship.


This is a great film for anyone who is into music, especially ethnically inspired music. Dance to the rhythm of the beat of this film, which stars Nick Cannon as a college student on the drumline. This movie gives you a peek into what it’s like to be a part of the marching band in college. The competition is fierce, but it goes to show that if you have a lot of heart and a bit of skill, it can take you a long way.


This isn’t about college life, however it shows common problems high schoolers have leading up to graduation, but in a super comedic way. It shows hometown friends and their anxieties about high school, going to college, parties and love life. The insecurities are very real – some you may even relate to. It’s a great movie to watch the summer before heading off to college.

Revenge of the Nerds

Who doesn’t like a good vintage movie? This came out in 1984 and is still very relevant when it comes to the world of outcasts and cool kids. In this movie, the nerds get payback by banning together to join a fraternity. They’ve been bullied and humiliated by the jock frats, but this doesn’t stop them from taking action to earn their self-respect. It’s a great story about the underdog, so make sure to check it out!

If you have time in between college applications, studying and exams, make sure to watch one or all of these films!

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