And The Oscar For Best College Campus Goes To 'Silver Screen' Edition Is Second In Series Of Wisechoice Guides

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-- Selecting a movie location, much like choosing a college, is a difficult process that requires research, site visits and finding locales that best fit the personality of the film. -- High-school seniors face similar challenges when choosing a prospective college, except they don’t have the breadth and depth of resources to help them simplify the process and identify the right schools for them---until now. -- WiseChoice, a comprehensive online college guidance solution, today released its WiseChoice Guide to the Silver Screen, a list of ten college campuses that have appeared in a leading role (as themselves) in a host of movies ranging from box-office favorites like “Spider Man” and “Hitch” (Columbia University) to smaller cinematic gems like “Rudy” (University of Notre Dame), “Breaking Away” (Indiana University) and “Mona Lisa Smile” (Wellesley College).

Among this year’s list of Academy Award nominees for Best Picture are “Avatar,” “The Hurt Locker” and “The Blind Side”– each featuring locations as diverse as their subject matter. Would Oscar-winning films like “Good Will Hunting,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “The Graduate” have found the same success had their cinematographers not featured some of the nation’s most prestigious and attractive college campuses?

“Selecting a movie location, much like choosing a college, is a difficult process that requires research, site visits and finding locales that best fit the personality of the film,” says WiseChoice president Richard Taylor. “High-school seniors face similar challenges when choosing a prospective college, except they don’t have the breadth and depth of resources to help them simplify the process and identify the right schools for them---until now.”

WiseChoice (http://www.wisechoice.com), a comprehensive online college guidance solution, today released its WiseChoice Guide to the Silver Screen, a list of ten college campuses that have appeared in a leading role (as themselves) in a host of movies ranging from box-office favorites like “Spider Man” and “Hitch” (Columbia University) to smaller cinematic gems like “Rudy” (University of Notre Dame), “Breaking Away” (Indiana University) and “Mona Lisa Smile” (Wellesley College).

“Leading Role” College Campuses

  • Columbia University – President Obama’s alma mater and one of the world’s top academic and research institutions, Columbia has served as the backdrop for numerous films including “Spider Man,” “Marathon Man” and “Hitch.”
  • Harvard University – Consistently ranked as one of the best Ivy League universities and set in picturesque New England, it’s no surprise Harvard has starred in such popular films as “Legally Blonde,” “Love Story” and “With Honors.”
  • Indiana University – Home of the Hoosiers and 24 national championships, this “Big Ten” school appeared in the 1979 Oscar-winning picture “Breaking Away.”
  • Louisiana State University – The LSU Tigers have graduated numerous student-athletes to professional sports teams, making it the ideal setting for “Everybody’s All American,” a movie covering 25 years in the life of a college football hero.
  • Marshall University – Named after John Marshall, former Chief Justice of the United States, this West Virginia school was the genuine locale for “We Are Marshall,” a true, inspiring tale of a plane crash that claimed the lives of members of the university’s football team and its struggle to rebound.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – A world-class learning institution with an appetite for big, intractable and complicated problems, MIT was undeniably the best location to film “Good Will Hunting,” winner of two Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor).
  • University of Chicago – Featured in the opening scene of “When Harry Met Sally,” the University of Chicago sets the stage for this Oscar-nominated (Best Original Screenplay) comedy of two characters who are confronted with the question, “Can a man and woman just be friends?”
  • University of Notre Dame – Chronicling the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of Notre Dame despite significant obstacles, “Rudy” captures the home and spirit of the Fighting Irish.
  • University of Southern California – Selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, “The Graduate,” winner of the Best Director Oscar, portrayed USC admirably.
  • Wellesley College – This prestigious school counts Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, producer/screenwriter Nora Ephron and ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer among its alumnae, making it a model location for the coming-of-age film, “Mona Lisa Smile.”

Supporting Role College Campuses

While featured in major motion pictures, these schools played a supporting role, serving as stand-ins for other higher education institutions.

  • Agnes Scott College – Best Picture nominee “The Blind Side” (Movie Campus: University of Mississippi) and “The Four Seasons” (Movie Campus: unnamed) were both filmed at this Georgia gem.
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Fordham University and Manhattan College – All three higher-learning institutions played a part in the Oscar-winner, “A Beautiful Mind” (Movie Campus: Princeton University).
  • UCLA and University of Wisconsin – These campuses got no respect in “Back to School,” which opted for the fictitious name Grand Lakes University.
  • Union College – Located in Schenectady, NY, this liberal arts school was the stand in for an unnamed campus in the Oscar-winning “The Way We Were.”
  • University of Oregon – As the backdrop for “Animal House,” one of the most popular college movies of all time, the University of Oregon is referred to as the fictional Faber College.
  • University of Southern California – Although most of the Oscar-winning “Forrest Gump” takes place in Alabama, scenes at the University of Alabama actually were filmed at USC.
  • Yale University – This private Ivy League school appeared in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” as fictional Marshall College.

About WiseChoice

Launched in October, 2009, WiseChoice is the most comprehensive online college guidance solution currently available and features expert advice, scholarship information, personalized financial aid scenarios, school statistics, academic outlook and reviews by more than 100,000 surveyed college students. By matching students with the “best-fit” college options across all facets, WiseChoice aims to help students have a successful college experience both in and out of the classroom.

Unlike other college search and selection sites that offer limited resources, WiseChoice helps parents and students figure out how to pay for college, identify scholarships and financial aid, and develop a payment plan. WiseChoice can even calculate the true overall cost of college – including tuition, room and board, fees, travel, personal expenses, books, etc. – before students even apply to schools to ensure that students and their families incur as little debt as possible at college graduation.

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