Ohio University: Halloween
I know what you're thinking. "Halloween is a holiday, not a college tradition." Clearly you have never been to OU. Court Street—the infamous strip of bars, restaurants, and 24 hour parties—can barely contain the costumed masses; throughout the entire weekend (who are we kidding…week) leading up to October 31, almost every inch of communal space in Athens, Ohio is turned into a non-stop Halloween party. And let's just put it this way: the costumes are only half of the reason you won't be able to recognize your friends by the end of a night at OU.
Barnard College: Midnight Breakfast
At midnight on the eve of the first day of final exams every semester, Barnard College students (along with the rest of their Columbia classmates) pack LeFrak Gymnasium for a midnight breakfast of epic proportions. Barnard President Deborah Spar, deans, professors, administrators, and notable alumni serve the studying student body a (free) breakfast complete with fresh fruit, coffee, pancakes, eggs, doughnuts, and pastries. Oh, and author Anna Quindlen (class of ‘74) serves the bacon.