College Bucket List Ideas

College was the best four years of my life.

Graduates say this constantly, and it’s usually because they made the most of their time spent on campus. You can be sure to say that too by following this short and simple college bucket list.

Keep in mind that some of these college bucket list ideas might not be applicable depending on the school you’re attending.

Study abroad. 

If you have an interest in traveling, learning about other cultures, and meeting new people in faraway lands, studying abroad might be the perfect option for your college bucket list. Not only is it a fun opportunity to get required classes out of the way in a refreshing environment, but it also makes your resume stand out from the crowd and gives you great stories to tell during job interviews.

Join at least one campus club, organization, or activity. 

Whether it be science club, intramural basketball, choir, or the school newspaper, colleges offer a lot of ways for students to get involved on campus and express their interests and passions. Consider joining a club related to a topic that you don’t know anything about to expand your horizons and get out of your comfort zone. Who knows, you might meet some new friends that way. Some colleges even allow students to create new organizations that don’t already exist.

Attend campus events.

From sports games, dances, and festivals to theatrical productions and concerts, colleges strive to put on many events to keep their students busy and entertained, so add this to your college bucket list. Taking advantage of these opportunities gives you a stress-free break from studying and provides chances to meet new people. You might find that attending one of your college’s musicals piques your interest in being one of the stars on the stage.

Take pictures of your dorm room, campus, people you meet, events you attend, etc. and save mementos from important milestones. 

All of these memories might be fresh in your mind during the moment, but long after graduation, some are bound to remain stale. Documenting all of the important times during your educational career can help rekindle the wick of your college years. Photos of your residence hall can spark memories of all of the late-night talks you had with your floor-mates. This is a must for your college bucket list.

Complete one or more internships. 

Interning is a great way to explore different job opportunities in your field of study and prepare you for getting a job after graduation. Internships can be done during the summer when school isn’t in session, and they’re also available throughout the school year. Internships allow students to gain experience and get a feel for their interests within their field. Contact your college’s career development center to find out more information about looking into internships.


Visit well-known areas in your college’s town and its surrounding areas.

Most cities have some sort of famous landmarks or attractions that visitors flock to. College road trip anyone? Make a point to add this to your college bucket list. Visit these places and see what all of the hubbub is about. Pretty much every college town has some sort of downtown area filled with shops and restaurants that cater to students and locals alike. If your school is near a big city, plan a day or weekend trip to visit. College life isn’t just about staying on campus, so don’t be afraid to explore.

Other college bucket list ideas and ways to make the most of your  4 years include:

  • Cooking meals in your residence hall kitchen.
  • Pulling an all-nighter.
  • Going out on a weeknight.
  • Aiming for making the Dean’s List and/or getting a 4.0 GPA.
  • Trying food at the dining hall that you’ve never had before.
  • Decorating your graduation cap.
  • Having a professor sign a book they wrote.
  • Writing a thank-you note to your professors.
  • Attending college parties. (Don’t forget to be safe, responsible, and of-age, of course!)

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Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts

Britni Roberts is a senior at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois pursuing a degree in English Writing. She has been an Editor for the North Central Kindling humor magazine, Assistant News and Arts Editor for the North Central Chronicle newspaper, as well as a DJ and Rock News Reporter for WONC-FM 89.1, her college’s radio station. She enjoys listening to music and spending time with her friends, boyfriend, and his cat Willow.