The 10 Best Fictional Schools and Universities

June 25, 2013
Source: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Everyone, myself included, expected "World War Z" to walk away with the box office crown last weekend. That didn't happen, even though it made a respectable $66 million and became the biggest opening weekend ever for a brad Pitt film. Instead, the #1 spot went to "Monster's University," the prequel to Pixar's smash hit "Monsters Inc.," which ended up bringing in over $82.4 million in its opening weekend.

Man, tuition is out of control these days, huh?

"Monsters University" tells the story of Sulley and Mike's first meeting and how they honed their craft in the years leading up to the first film. Personally, I love the idea that there's a school out there that teaches you how to be a monster. In fact, I've always been a fan of fictional schools, particularly the ones that teach you unconventional, highly specialized skills.

Let's take a look at ten of the best Fictional Schools and Universities.

Source: Warner Bros.

#1 School: Hogwarts (from the "Harry Potter" series)

Field(s) of Study: Transfiguration, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Charms, Potions, Astronomy, History of Magic, Herbology, Flying, Arithmancy, Muggle Studies, Divination, Study of Ancient Runes, Care of Magical Creatures

Look, I'm not going to insult you by putting this further down the list or play coy by not mentioning it until the very end. Let's face it: as soon as you saw the title of this article you said "HOGWARTS!" I mean you literally said it out loud. Then you posted about it on Tumblr and were all "OMG what is this I can't even."

#2 School: Jedi Academy (from "Star Wars")Field(s) of Study: Levitation, Lightsaber Fencing, Philosophy, Midi-chlorian Biology

It's nice to learn the ways of the Jedi and ensure peace in the galaxy and maintain balance in the force and blah blah blah. Let's just get to the part where I get a light saber and move things with my mind.

#3 School: Starfleet Academy (from "Star Trek," pre-reboot)

Field(s) of Study: Advanced Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics, Engineering, Exoarchaeology, Exobiology, Holding Onto Stuff While Your Ship Tilts Back and Forth, Medicine, Probability Mechanics, Xenolinguistics, Zoology

You can pretty much do anything in Starfleet, from becoming a doctor to a captain of a ship. I'm referring specifically to Starfleet Academy as it appeared in the original universe, not the JJ Abrams movies. In the reboot, you don't even need to finish or do well in the Academy to become Captain, you just need to have moxy. Basically, the rebooted version of Starfleet Academy is a humongous time suck that won't put you in charge so much as put you in debt. Hey, just like a real college education!

Source: 20th Centry Fox

#4 School: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters (from "X-Men")

Field(s) of Study: Optic Laserbeams, Healing Factors, Weather Control, Teleportation, +154 others

On the surface, Xavier's is your run of the mill boarding school. Ostensibly, it's a secret refuge for the mutant community to help them develop their powers away from the prying eyes of a society that hates and fears them. In reality, though, it's a training ground that transforms confused super-powered teenagers into a paramilitary group and Professor Xavier's personal security force. It's a little disconcerting, but on the other hand I'd love to take a math class taught by Wolverine. Solve for X, bub.

#5 School: Wayside School (from Sideways Story from Wayside School)

Field(s) of Study: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic

Who among us didn't dream of having a class on the 30th floor of a high-rise? This was the coolest school ever! This book series appeared in most elementary school libraries, serving to remind us children that our school was very, very boring. Which I suppose is true of any good book.

#6 School: Command School (from Ender's Game)

Field(s) of Study: Military Science, Mathematics, Fighting Old Men

Not only did the final leg of training in Ender's Game involved one on one tutelage from a military mastermind, but most of the work involved playing video games. That's the sort of education I can get behind. Unfortunately it's preceded by Battle School, which included constant bullying, hazing, and various other physical conflicts and duplicitous situations.

#7 School: Faber College (from "Animal House")

Field(s) of Study: Partying, Guitar Smashing, Civil Disobedience, Politics

Faber College isn't as wondrous or prestigious as the other schools on this list. In fact, the school as a whole is sort of the enemy in "Animal House." But you can't party with Otter, Boon, Flounder, and future United States Senator John Blutarsky unless you're enrolled.

#8 School: Globetrotter University (from "Futurama")

Field(s) of Study: Particle Physics, Hiding a Basketball Under Your Shirt and Pretending It's Your Belly

Located on the Globetrotter home planet, this school teaches you the finer points of physics and how to make your opponents look like chumps on the basketball court. You know, the important stuff.

Source: Paramount Pictures

#9 School: Derek Zoolander Center For Children Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too (from "Zoolander")

Field(s) of Study: Reading Good, Other Stuff Good

If only this center had existed when I was a child, I might have gotten the proper head start I needed to live a better life than I do now. Uh…not that I'm not living the dream! Hi and my bosses there! You guys are the greatest. This is the greatest. Yes.

10 School: Academy of Law (from "Judge Dredd")

Field(s) of Study: Being THE LAW


Introduced in the comic "2000 A.D.," the Academy of Law is where you go to learn how to be judge, jury, and executioner. Sure, it takes fifteen years and it's difficult as all get-out, but once you're done you basically get to do whatever you want.

Well, that's my list. Which one would you attend? Have another one in mind? Let us know in the comments!

Speaking of schools, All Access Weekly had a chance last Fall to check out some cool college tech projects (including robots!) and meet with some High School CEOs. Check it out in the video below.