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College AU is a popular genre of AU fanfic (less often a genre of fanart) in which characters who are canonically not in higher education are students in college or university. College AUs are closely related to High School AUs.
In science fiction, historical or fantasy fandoms, the present-day College AU is a popular subgenre of the Modern AU that puts fantastic or historical characters in more mundane everyday settings, e.g. Arthur and Merlin as college students instead of prince and manservant. College AUs also turn up in contemporary RPF like One Direction (where the band members did not ever attend university), as well as in fandoms where, based on their professions, characters presumably would have gone to university at some point, but canonically would not yet have met each other.
College AUs do not include canon-compliant fanfic exploring an adult character's backstory, future fic for young characters who could conceivably go to college some day, or fanfic for canons set in college. See Academy Fic.
- Merlin: The Student Prince by FayJay. A modern AU, in which Merlin goes up to the University of St Andrews, to study Physics, Philosophy and History (with a secret dash of sorcery on the side) and finds himself with a most unlikely roommate who happens to be the Prince of Wales. (2010)
- Teen Wolf: The Company I Keep by secondstar. Derek/Stiles (2012)
- Avengers: Dark Side by LaLopez1981. Tony Stark/Loki (2013)
- One Direction: Heart Skips A Beat by harriet_vane, a Zayn/Harry AU. Harry always kisses everyone, until he starts something he can't finish. (2012)
- And With Each Mile by Honor, in which Zac has decided to attend college in England after breaking up with Taylor.
- Holy Scrubs by Eve and Leigh, in which Taylor was in a fraternity and Zac was a member of the eponymous religious club.