Many webcomic artists are college students or recent graduates, so it is [[LifeEmbellished only natural]] that many webcomics are also set in colleges. However, these institutions of higher learning are of often strange places even by the standards of WorldOfWeirdness: the faculty are all {{Mad Scientist}}s or [[SadistTeacher Incredibly Sadistic Bastards]], the buildings are often substandard, haunted and/or [[MadeOfExplodium highly explosive]], and as for the students...

Roughly the equivalent of the ElaborateUniversityHigh in anime; high school settings of this sort are less common in webcomics, but not unknown, and conversely, university settings are relatively rare in anime. This may be a reflection of the different roles these institutions play in U.S. and Japanese cultures, though it may also reflect the target {{demographics}}.

Not particularly related to StrawmanU, though the name may make one think such a thing.

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* Though it is only alluded to once, and we never hear about anything that happened there, Ramona Flowers from ''ScottPilgrim'' attended the University of Carolina in the Sky, which must have been...interesting.

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* Pacific Tech from ''Film/RealGenius''.
-->'''Ick:''' Now if we can just keep it from exploding!
* [[FunWithAcronyms South Harmon Insitute of Technology]] of ''Film/{{Accepted}}''. The students are the teachers, and can thus major in anything they want, including ''[[StuffBlowingUp Mental Detonation]]''.

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* [[Series/{{Community}} Greendale]], where everyone is accepted! And they offer an insane variety of exotic courses, hold annual paintball tournaments, and the Dean loves wearing inappropriate costumes.

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* ''{{GURPS}} Illuminati University'' takes place in a university that nearly defies description. The Dean of the history department is a CaptainErsatz of [[Series/DoctorWho the Fourth Doctor]], the Botany department is housed in a giant tree, the sample characters include a witch-girl, a cave-man, and a football-playing werewolf, and the favorite sport on campus is [[http://www.eblong.com/zarf/moopsball/index.html moopsball]].

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* ''VideoGame/TheTrailOfAnguish'' offers Elkland, where the professors set paint bombs for one another.
* The ''{{VideoGame/Zork}}'' franchise gives us GUE Tech, a prank-happy engineering school that teaches magic.

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* ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell!!'' [[DysfunctionJunction For certain values of "wacky."]]
* ''Mad About U.''
* ''MacHall''
** MacHall is notable in that it's at least semi-autobiographical (the name is short for Boyd and McConville's old dormitory, MacDonald Hall), so it's entirely possible the college they went to was actually somewhat like this.
* ''U.C. Rats''
* ''[[{{Walkyverse}} Roomies!]]'' at first.
* ''Fans''
* ''Happy but Dead'' is nominally set in a college dorm, but you'd never know it
* ''Building 12''
* ''The Class Menagerie''
* ''UmlautHouse'' had this as its original premise, but dropped away from it almost immediately.
* ''Candi''
* ''Piled Higher and Deeper''
* For quite possibly the most extreme example, ''Nowhere U'' has students who literally have no idea where the school is, are taught by important figures from classical literature, and tend to randomly receive mysterious powers.
* ''Halls'', a short-lived webcomic by Craig Munro, focuses more on the main character and his roommates (all of whom are weird, but not in any particularly "wacky" way) than bizarre goings-on at the school. The only mention of a teacher is after the main character makes an inspiring speech about what he's about to learn at "Generic U". Last panel: A hand, holding a paintbrush, explaining that it is a paintbrush.
** Like ''MacHall'' above, probably semi-autobiographical. There comes a point in an art student's life when some of the more basic classes, like color theory, start to feel like an insult to your intelligence.
* ''{{Bardsworth}}''.
* In a case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, ''BobAndGeorge'' was originally going to be in a setting like this, until the author realized he couldn't draw nearly well enough to make the comic, and settled into writing the ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' SpriteComic that ran for seven years.
* ''{{Enjuhneer}}'' is set at one of these.
* The Succubus and Incubus Academy in ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''

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%%* ''Literature/TalesOfMU''
* A now-defunct web series named ''College University'' had the [[ShapedLikeItself double-named school]] portrayed as pretty much what every drunken frat boy believes college to be like: lots of drinking, weird and eccentric teachers, and out-and-out craziness all around. Even the OnlySaneMan was pretty blind to the facets of the actual "learning" part, as one episode saw him pass out from too much studying for ''an open-book test''.
* ''Website/ChatoyantCollege'': The college is like other American colleges only that it teaches magic and not everybody there is human.

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