The Sims 2 University

Common Sense Media says

Sims game is short on class time, but addictive.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sims need to study and go to class, but the college life presented here is also about pulling pranks, having parties, and trying to make friends with Greeks.


Characters pull pranks, argue, and fight. Plus, you can die.


Sims can have flirt, make out, have sex -- and even streak naked.

Not applicable

No actual products, but you can shop, earn and spend money.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

You can drink coffee, and drinking alcohol and smoking drugs are implied.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Sims in this game are college students who drink, have sex, and even streak around their dorm and town (in addition to going to class and studying, of course). Players can also use their influence to pressure their peers to pull a prank or kiss another character.

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Kids say

What's it about?

The Sims are out of the house and off to college! Choose one of three institutions, say goodbye to the folks, and get ready for a new life of hanging out in the halls, drinking coffee, and attempting to pledge a sorority or fraternity. Oh yeah, and studying, going to class, and writing term papers, too. You've got to declare a major, and good grades do earn you Simoleans, but the academics just provide a theme here.

You don't see your Sims when they are in class, and you can still make the grade without doing your term paper. Really, the game is about balance: Whether you're living in a dorm, frat, or your own pad, you've got to keep your Sim bathed and fed and still try to find time to study, make friends, hit the gym, and work toward meeting your personal aspiration.

Is it any good?


As always, it's the amount of options that make this game so fascinating -- and addictive. Players may get frustrated by how long it takes to make friends, or have enough energy to hit the town. There is fun stuff to do outside of your dorm -- you can run on the treadmill at the gym, buy new outfits at the shopping center, or study at the library -- but you have to make sure your energy and hunger levels are high enough before heading out and this can take several Sim days.

Other familiar glitches still exist here: If you're eating and go to answer the phone, you may leave the food on the floor. If you are talking to a friend, but go to get something to eat, there is no guarantee that your friend will sit at the table with you. In the end, this game is probably best enjoyed by college students or alums, who will get the joke when student Sims play hacky sack, do the school cheer, or try to impress the Greeks. This expansion pack requires THE SIMS 2 to play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game matches their expectations (or experiences) of college. This game, like so many movies, presents college as a wild, adolescent time -- do you think that's accurate? Why do you think most people go to college? Do you think it's more about the academics, growing up into a mature individual -- or the last free time of your life?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 1, 2005
ESRB rating:T for (Windows)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byjazzyjammrz April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

you're not serious?

SIXTEEN PLUS! are you KIDDING me??? it's not THAT bad most kids have "the talk" by the time they're twelve! the worst thing they actually SHOW is kissing! I've been playing the SIMS since i was ten it is not very innapropriate. At all. It teaches you ways to deal with life as an adult. Also, you can make movies for yourself! how cool is that! you can even do a 'sims next top model' where you take pics of your sims! Under ten, don't play or have a parent preview it first. Over that, you should be fine. Caution to parents: when sims die, the image can be a little scary for young kids. The Grim Reaper comes and takes them away, but it looks very creepy.
Kid, 11 years old August 30, 2009


Please give this game a chance!
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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