What's Trending in High Schools and Colleges in 2017

What's trending on high school and college campuses right now? From food to fashion, La La Land to dabbing, there's a lot to cover...

What’s trending on high school and college campuses right now? From food to fashion, La La Land to dabbing, there are more trends in the winter of 2017 than there are memes on Facebook (well, almost). So turn off Netflix, pull on your All Stars, and grab a coffee, because we have a lot to cover…

TV, books, and movies

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  • “Binge watching on Netflix is a pretty serious thing.”
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Stranger Things
  • La La Land
  • Hamilton
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Friends
  • The Office
  • Parks and Rec
  • Supernatural
  • The Walking Dead
  • This Is Us
  • Westworld
  • The X-Files
  • K-pop
  • Graphic novels
  • Zines

Apps and games

apps and games

  • Going live on Instagram and Facebook
  • Instagram stories
  • Snapchat streaks and filters (especially the dog) “They are very popular and the use of Snapchat as a whole is vital to a student's social image.”
  • Playing 8-Ball Pool on iMessage
  • Subtweets


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  • Avocado toast
  • Boba tea
  • Burritos
  • Coffee shops
  • “Going vegetarian is the new cool in some circles.”


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  • Adidas All Stars
  • Anorak jackets
  • Choker necklaces
  • Flannel
  • Lacrosse jackets
  • Scarves
  • Thrasher hoodies
  • Timberland boots
  • Vineyard Vines

Music and dance


  • Dabbing
  • Drake
  • Ed Sheeran
  • "JuJu On That Beat"
  • Rihanna
  • Solange
  • Twenty One Pilots
  • Whipping

Activities and social causes

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  • BLM (Black Lives Matter)
  • “Entrepreneurship and innovation—seriously.”
  • Feminism and gender roles
  • Field trips
  • Greek Life
  • “Students are always trying to discover the latest [technology] and toying around with new gadgets and apps, whether it's us that make them or our friends.”
  • Social Justice
  • Women’s March
  • “General concern for the future under a Trump presidency.”


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  • Going to your school’s sporting events
  • Everyone in my school has a lot of school pride. All of games are packed and we support one another.”
  • Frisbee
  • NFL games
  • Slacklining
  • Sledding
  • Snowball fights

Other trends

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  • Politics. Ooooh boy, politics.
  • “Memes. Too many memes.”
  • Cash me outside, how bow dah?
  • Water bottle flipping
  • Salt Bae
  • Pet selfies
  • “Going out every weekend while still making it to the 8:00 am classes.”
  • Animal videos
  • Gabe the Dog
  • Shipping
  • The Mannequin Challenge

Did we miss any important trends at your school? Want to share your Insta and SC stories with us (find us on Snapchat as CollegeXpress)? We’d love to see ’em.

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