Hinkle Interior Butler University Basketball GreatsCan going to the movies influence which colleges you visit?

Is it the pursuit of higher learning, the overall “feel” of a particular university represented in the movie or, is it just the “cool factor” of knowing you’re walking down the same hallway Matt Daemon cleaned in Good Will Hunting or traversing the campus (University of Oregon) where John Belushi led partiers into revelry while chanting “Toga. Toga. Toga…” that gives you college visit wanderlust?

If you’re a true movie buff, you could pack up the family and, just using college film sites as your guide (per this list on InsideColleges.com), you’d stay busy visiting 100 college campuses in the US and Canada. 

What about attractions near college movie sets?


I know I’m definitely influenced. It was while watching the movie Brainstorm in the 1980s that I decided I just had to go to Kill Devil Hills, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and stand in that space where the genius of the Wright Brothers first took flight. 

What about you? 

Would watching Scream II (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), The Bear (1983) or The Four Seasons (1981) make you want to visit Agnes Scott College, a women’s college in Decatur, Georgia?

Would you head north to Canada to visit the University of Toronto film set host to: Shadowland (2008); Time Traveler’s Wife (2008); Take the Lead (2006); Mean Girls (2004); The Prince and Me (2004); DeGrassi Junior High television series (2000); Dracula (2000); Skulls (2000); The Bride of Chucky (1998); The Mighty (1998); Good Will Hunting (1997); Tommy Boy (1995); P.C.U. (1994); Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993); and Paper Chase (1973)?

If campus film locations have led you to tour college campuses just for the sake of “being there,” then please let us know by leaving a comment.  If you’re interests lie more with how colleges are depicted in movies, then check out College Movie Madness: What’s on your list?

Pictured above: Hinkle Fieldhouse at Butler University set of the popular film “Hoosiers,” based on the 1954 Indiana High School championship.