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“Happily ever after” may sound like a good ending, but since our favorite Disney princesses are only teenagers, we think the best four years of their life still await them -- at college, of course! While it may be tough to imagine our favorite regal friends playing Frisbee on the quad, decorating a tiny dorm or doing the walk of shame in their ball gowns from the night before (as if!), we’ve grown up getting to know their personalities well enough that we can help them with their college searches. Read on for where we think each Disney princess should apply to college!
Disney’s token bookworm obviously has to be in a highly academic environment with ample library resources. Since Belle has a desire to experience more than her provincial life, a campus near a city is best for her. And although she can hold her own against distracting (and obnoxious) men, she definitely doesn’t want them around when she’s just trying to read.
Belle’s college match: Wellesley College
This white-water-rafting, willow-whispering princess needs to be able to spend time in the uninhabited great outdoors with fellow nature lovers. And since she can “paint with all the colors of the wind” and likes to see those around her do the same, we think she’d thrive in a creative environment with a vibrant art scene.
Pocahontas’s college match: University of Washington
This aquatic princess is articulate about her desires, saying she wants “to be where the people are” and “see them dancing,” clearly suggesting that she needs a big school with an active social scene and nightlife. When it comes to weather, Ariel specifies that she wants to “stay all day in the sun,” and “spend a day warm on the sand.” But this adventurous mermaid loves to adapt to new and unfamiliar situations and probably won’t want to stay in the same place for four years straight, so she’ll want a school with a good study abroad program.
Ariel’s college match: University of Miami
It’s no exaggeration to say that this princess could spend a lifetime napping, so with all the time Sleeping Beauty would spend in her dorm, top-of-the-line living quarters a priority. And with a fatal curse looming over her and an evil witch hunting her down, this princess needs to stay inconspicuous in a faraway location, such as one outside the continental United States.
Sleeping Beauty’s college match: McGill University
Jasmine has lived a sheltered life and is feeling a little rebellious. She’s anxious to see “a whole new world” that’s “shining, shimmering, splendid,” and she’s more than happy to stay out all night to experience it. Since there’s nowhere better to experience round-the clock excitement and adventure than the city that never sleeps, New York City is the perfect place for this princess to study. And with her trendy crop top and harem pants ensemble and her cool gold jewelry, Jasmine has the most style of any princess, and would probably be a great as a fashion major.
Jasmine’s college match: Parsons The New School for Design
It’s tough to imagine who could handle hard work and a rigorous course load better than Cinderella. With her variety of practical skills and interests, she’d thrive at a school with excellent programs in all areas of study. And even though it may seem like all work and no play with this princess, when its time to party, she’s the belle of the ball. Though she shines in baby blue, we think the Orange & Black Ball would be her favorite night of the year. Also, since a prince was part of her “happily ever after,” it’s no coincidence that her perfect school has “prince” in its name.
Cinderella’s college match: Princeton University
As an animal lover who likes to whistle while she works, Snow White would do well at a school with excellent veterinary programs. And since she has to hide from a jealous, evil queen who is out to kill her, her “white as snow” skin would be easily concealed in a cold and snowy environment with long winters.
Snow White’s college match: Cornell University
This stargazing princess has a great view of the night sky from her tower, and likely developed the impressive skill of charting astrological patterns. That coupled with the artistic inclination she demonstrated with her paintings on the tower walls makes her need a school with highly ranked astronomy and art programs. This restless and adventurous princess would also love to be in an engaging environment with tons of activity options. And since she’s spent most of her life locked away high up in a tower, we know she won’t have any issue with altitude!
Rapunzel’s College Match: University of Colorado Boulder
With money on her mind, this practical and hardworking princess succeeded in achieving her professional dream of owning her own restaurant business. She’s already a killer cook, but considering she thought kissing a frog was a good career move, we think her business tactics could use some brushing up at a school with a good business program, specifically in entrepreneurship. And with a restaurant to run in the cultural hub that is her hometown of New Orleans, we think this southern belle would benefit from staying close to home.
Tiana’s College Match: Tulane University
This bold princess is unafraid of a challenge and thrives even in a male-dominated field. Since the driving goal of this daring princess is to bring honor to her family by saving the lives of others, we think a pre-med program would be perfect for Mulan. And because warrior training has kept Mulan in tip-top shape, she’ll definitely want to go to a school with great athletic programs and recreational facilities.
Mulan’s College Match: Johns Hopkins University
"Brave" and independent enough to go against her suitors for her own hand in marriage, Merida is incredibly competitive. And since our unconventional princess doesn't waste any energy worrying about guys, she has extra time to devote to intense academics and athletic activities like archery, fencing and horseback riding.
Merida’s College Match: Stanford University
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