27 ACTUALLY Unique College Party Themes

27 ACTUALLY Unique College Party Themes

Here are some unique party ideas, so you don't have to throw another Toga party.
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College is full of sweaty house parties that can be made bearable by one thing and one thing only - a theme. Getting to dress up in a fun costume for a themed party can make almost any person tolerate being shoulder to shoulder with some drunk guy from your psychology lecture. But, themes can grow tiring when you've gone to about a million Hawaiian and toga parties. There are other themes out there! Here are a few suggestions to make your theme party stand out.

1. Aliens and Astronauts

Your party will be out of this world..get it?

2. Ornithology Bros and Lawn Flamingos Darty

What's better than a darty? A darty where everyone is dressed as lawn flamingos. You don't even have to go all out with this one. Enough people on a lawn with a hot pink shirt on will get the point across.

3. Seven Deadly Sins

For this party, each different room of the house is decorated in the theme of each of the seven deadly sins (therefore, you'll need seven rooms). If seven rooms aren't available just have everyone dress as their favorite sin.

4. John Hughes

Whether it's a member of The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller himself, a party of all John Hughes movie characters would be totally rad.

5. Boston Tea Party


Get decked out in your colonial best to celebrate the OG American party. And, if you can't find a white button-up or tall socks to tuck your pants into, try dressing as the actual tea.

6. Sexy Historical / Political Figures

Have you ever really wanted to be a dead president, but at the same time give off a little sex appeal? Then this is the party for you!

7. Athletes and Mathletes

Wear your favorite jersey or put on a pair of fake glasses and get ready to party.

8. Slumber Party

In case you needed an excuse to wear your pajamas out.

9. Where's Waldo

Have you ever wanted to be in a life-size Where's Waldo puzzle?

10. Guy Fieri

It's like a normal party, but everyone is just dressed as Guy Fieri.

11. Cowboys and Cacti

Even if you don't live in the Wild West you can still dress like it.

12. Bad and Boujee


Break out your fur coats, brand names and stacks of cash to get ready to make it rain

13. Scientist Chicks and Pickle Rick's

If you've never seen Rick and Morty, you might not get this one. But, you can modify this to be all science related.

14. Decades

You can either pick one decade to rock looks as or have everyone dress up as a different decade.

15. Holidays

Why wait until you're favorite holiday to dress up? Have everyone dress as their favorite holiday.

16. Meme

When you can't think of a good enough theme, so you have everyone dress as their favorite meme.

17. You Are What You Eat

Fulfill this classic saying and dress as your favorite food. Warning, this party will make you hungry.

18. You Are What You Drink

Same concept as above but with drinks.

19. You Are What You Netflix

Again, same as above but with your favorite binge-show character.

20. Vampires and Umpires

One of the more specific and unorthodox options on this list, but honestly why not at this point?

21. Drop it Like F. Scott

Put on a nice tie or a flapper skirt and live lavish for the night like Gatsby did.

22. Dynamic Duos

Grab your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend or even a stranger for all I care.

23. ABH: Anything But Human

Whether is an animal or an object, make sure to dress up as anything but a human.

24. Get Nauti

This is the kind of nauti your parents would approve of. Dress in an outfit fit for the sea and party like you're on a yacht.

25. Life Alert

Everyone dresses like they own an AARP card.

26. Gym Teachers and Mythical Creatures

Again, this one just rhymed, but - hey - it's fun

27. Pitbull and Pitbulls


Either dress as the rapper Pitbull or the dog breed pit bull.

And that's all, folks! I hope this list gives you some party inspiration!

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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I'm A College Girl Who Doesn't Like To Party, Sue Me

Please don't make me go out, I'm a grandma.

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I'm a college girl attending a school known locally for its parties and I would rather stay home in my pajamas, watching Netflix.

When I announced to my aunt that I was committed to URI last summer, she laughed and said that when she was a college student in the late '90s and early '00s at Rhode Island College, it was dubbed as "You Are High." My older siblings talked of parties and how the institution was a spot for people who weren't even students. Some of my friends teased me that I was going to get intoxicated every night and they would get drunk texts at all hours. My parents warned me to be careful and to stay safe. Everyone noted that college was usually a time for young adults to let loose.

Not me.

I have an extremely small circle of friends and if you're not in it, I am utterly uncomfortable engaging in conversation with you. Don't get me wrong, if you talk to me first and you seem like a cool person, I will be fine but I cannot make the first move almost ever. I would be following my group around the whole party which would not only annoy them but most likely result in me standing by myself in a corner for the entirety of the night because I lost them. I don't particularly like to drink or smoke. I'm kind of a lightweight and being high just results in my already bad anxiety shooting through the roof. I like to be sober and completely aware of everything going on around me. Sure there are some who don't participate in either activity but you're seen as a buzzkill for the rest as if your sobriety is ruining their fun.

I am self-conscious about my body. I do not like to wear tight-fitting or short clothes because I will continuously beat myself up for not wearing another outfit or not looking like some Instagram model. I would much prefer my glasses on with a baggy sweater and sweatpants. Unnecessary loud noises irritate me as I easily get migraines from them which can take some time to go away. I get nervous that I will do something embarrassing and be laughed at. I worry something unfortunate will happen.

I like to stay in with my parents and my dog. I like to go to restaurants, museums, amusement parks, and much more with people I am comfortable with. I can sit back with a bowl of popcorn, pop in a movie, and be set for the night. Just not partying. My definition of a good time is different from most college students and that's OK. I may be in college, but I am mentally a grandmother.

If you like to go out and party, I am not judging you. That's your element, go out and own it. But it's not mine.

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