What's Trending in High Schools and Colleges in 2015

What's trending in high school and on college campuses this fall? Well, let's just say, if you follow trends, you have a lot on your plate right now.

What’s hot on campus this fall? Well, let’s just say, if you follow trends, you have a lot on your plate right now. Luckily, we tracked most of it down, asking high school and college students what’s cool right now. So much coffee and T-Swift. Anyhoo, here’s what they said:


  • Binge-watching . . . anything
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Office
  • 90's sitcoms
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • Breaking Bad
  • Teen Wolf

Apps and games

  • Yik Yak
  • Instagram (especially fooooood)
  • Snapchat
  • Destiny “Although we all agree it's not that great as we expected it to be.”
  • Super Smash Bros
  • Pokemon
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Vine quotes
  • Spotify
  • Clash of Clans
  • League of Legends
  • Dota
  • Tumblr


  • Discounted coffee opportunities “The $1 Dunkin Donuts cup was huge.” (Editor’s note: WHEN WAS THIS?!?!)
  • Bubble tea
  • “Healthy eating is trending as a lot of students go to places such as Nekter, Zoe's Kitchen, and Chop Shop.”
  • Chipotle
  • Bubble tea
  • Starbucks’ S’mores Frappuccinos
  • Going to Dunkin' Donuts before school
  • Iced coffee. All coffee.


  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • “On Wednesdays we wear orange.”
  • Wearing capes (Editor’s note: You do you.)
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Tory Burch sandals
  • “I go to an art school in Manhattan, so you can say we have our fair share of hipster runoff trends.”
  • Sperry's
  • Rompers, kimonos, strapped sandals, jumpsuits, and essentially anything Bohemian
  • “Hipster” white Converse
  • Undercuts
  • Vineyard Vines
  • “Everyone at my school is just very accepting—and maybe that is the trend.”
  • Baseball caps
  • Dying your hair funky colors
  • “Tiny backpacks that won't really hold anything you need.”
  • Crop tops
  • Athletic wear
  • Chacos sandals
  • Adidas
  • Thrift shopping
  • “There aren't many real trends at my school because individuality is so important to everyone there.”
  • Grunge
  • Alex and Ani bracelets

Books and movies

  • John Green novels
  • Dystopian trilogies like the Hunger Games and Divergent
  • Harry Potter and Disney movie marathons
  • The Avengers
  • Wes Anderson films


  • Beyoncé Beyoncé Beyoncé
  • Seeing local bands
  • Taylor Swift
  • EDC music
  • Fetty Wap
  • Rihanna
  • Going to music festivals
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Taylor Swift
  • Kanye West
  • Music from the Vietnam era
  • Lana Del Ray
  • Did we mention Taylor Swift?


  • Watching college football!
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Fitbit


  • Advocating for sexual assault awareness
  • Supporting the "Black Lives Matter" movement
  • Social justice dialogue
  • Feminism
  • Marijuana legalization and its relation to campus life
  • The importance of the liberal arts
  • The 2016 presidential election


  • Being part of any particular fandom
  • The Charlie Charlie Challenge
  • Buzzfeed
  • Memes
  • #dressgate, a.k.a. whether that dress was blue/black or white/gold
  • Polaroids
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (Me too. Me too.)
  • Hanging out at the beach
  • “At my school, stressing about college and standardized testing is the favorite pastime.”
  • Selfies and selfie sticks
  • Whip and Nae Nae
  • Lip-sync competitions
  • Late-night cramming
  • Wiccan magic
  • Jeeps
  • Auditioning for plays
  • The phrases "Is you flexin at me?" and "Retweet"


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