Back To School: The Best Fictional Freshmen of All Time

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    At <em>XXL</em>, we've had Freshman Fever for the whole month. After announcing our <a title="2015" href="" target="_blank">2015 Freshman Class</a>, we've been gearing up to roll out all our Freshmen's freestyles, cyphers, roundtables and interviews, starting next week. And with our New York and L.A. shows coming up June 30 and July 13, respectively, it'll be all over for another year. To celebrate Freshmen mania, we've decided to take a look back at the best fictional freshmen in pop culture history. Some of them are from film, some are from TV, all of them are hilarious. —<em>XXL Staff</em>
  • Zach Morris
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Zack Morris on <i>Saved By the Bell: The College Years—</i>California University </span><br /><br />Zach Morris, the man who always had a plan, definitely succeeded when he got into California University. His slacker thoughts on education? “I like school. It's just too bad classes get in the way."
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    <span style="font-size: medium;">Will Smith on <i>The Fresh Prince—</i>University of Los Angeles</span><br /><br />The Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith followed his mom's advice and made the leap from Bel Air to University of Los Angeles, where he worked at the campus bookstore and macked to <i>all</i> the honeys.
  • Cory
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Cory Matthews on <i>Boy Meets World </i>—Pennbrook University</span><br /><br />Cory Matthews has seen the “Promised Land,” and apparently it looked like Pennbrook University, which mentor Mr. Feeny recommended to him.
  • Tia Tamera
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Tia and Tamera on <i>Sister, Sister </i>—University of Michigan </span><br /><br />After taking over their high school, the twins took their talents to Michigan, where sources said they would find their long-lost twin brothers, Tom and Tomari.
  • Huxtable
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Theo Huxtable on <i>The Cosby Show </i>—New York University</span><br /><br />Theo Huxtable left his home in Brooklyn Heights to check out NYU. The reason why was simple—women, women, and more women.
  • Huxtable
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Denise Huxtable on <i>The Cosby Show </i>—Hillman University </span><br /><br />A hip Denise Huxtable also took a big leave from the house to attend Hillman University – where her father, mother, and paternal grandfather had gone – and uphold the Cosby tradition.
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    <span style="font-size: medium;">Doogie Howser on <i>Doogie Howser, M.D. </i>—Princeton University</span><br /><br />The prodigy himself, Doogie Howser went Ivy League and attended Princeton, where he likely continued his research on a cure for Leukemia.
  • Carlton
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Carlton Banks on <i>The Fresh Prince</i>—ULA</span><br /><br />When Carlton couldn't get into Princeton, he went with Will to ULA and became the school's peacock mascot, shouting—"Peacocks, we're marching down the field! Peacocks, we will refuse to yield! Nobody's tougher, 'cause we are rougher, we are the Peacock of ULA!"
  • Bobby
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Bobby Boucher in <i>The Waterboy </i>—South Central Louisiana State University</span><br /><br />Sandler delivered the incredible Boucher to the world in the late '90s, and nothing was the same. From his daddy issues to Rob Schneider's "You can do it!", this movie and its freshman hero were memorable in so many ways.
  • House Party
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Kid (from Kid N' Play) in <i>House Party 2 </i>—Harris University</span><br /><br />Kid and Play checked out Harris University for a higher education, but ended up getting into similar antics and… house parties… in this seminal sequel.
  • Undeclared
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Stephen Karp on <i>Undeclared </i>—University of Northeastern California </span><br /><br />This short-lived comedy was one of the first times the world got to see Judd Apatow's humor and hilarious ensemble casts, including appearances from Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel. The awkward Stephen was just a NorCal college kid looking for love, until his friend Rex tells him, "You know what a relationship is? Real Exciting Love Affair that Turns Into Ongoing Nightmare. Sobriety Hangs in Peril. Something like that, I got it tattooed on my back."
  • Rodney
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Thornton Melon in <i>Back to School </i>—Grand Lakes University </span><br /><br />In this classic mid-'80s comedy, Dangerfield demanded respect as he entered Grand Lakes University with a bang, demanding, "Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes." Amen.
  • Spanish
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Spanish in <i>Old School </i>—Harrison University </span><br /><br />Spanish is just another one of the hilariously-named frat dudes in Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell's crew. His most memorable line, after Ferrell agrees to do a beer bong, "He gon' do one!"
  • billy madison
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Billy Madison in <i>Billy Madison </i>—Knibb High School</span><br /><br />It took him a while to get there, but once Billy graduated from elementary and middle school, he rolled up to high school in his Pontiac Firebird Trans Am bumping Billy Squier only to find it wasn't as cool as the first time around. But hey, Knibb High Football Rules!
  • method man redman
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Jamal And Silas in <i>How High </i>—Harvard</span><br /><br />It's maybe the greatest stoner movie of all time—in hip-hop terms at least—and Method Man and Redman's ridiculous tale of heading to Harvard based on the intelligence that smoking their friend's ashes granted them is only made better when Meth's term project culminates in him crafting the perfect strain of weed.
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    <span style="font-size: medium;">Lewis Skolnick and Gilbert Lowe in <i>Revenge Of The Nerds </i>—Adams College</span><br /><br />Lewis Skolnick was born with glasses on his face, a love for science, and a laugh that would make any self-respecting bully throw him in a locker with a waist-high weggie. But freshman year changed young Skolnick, and as the founder of Lamda Lamda Lamda, his rally cry for the misfits and outcasts became the stuff of legend.
  • sam weir freaks and geeks
    <span style="font-size: medium;">Sam Weir in <i>Freaks And Geeks </i>—William McKinley High School</span><br /><br />Freshman year in high school can be a horror. Puberty, popularity, and pimples affect everyone differently, but for Sam Weir and his sister Lindsay, the 1980s showcased these attributes in a constant stream of embarrassment. The Geek and the Freak—it’s a tale as old as time.

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