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Is Monsters University modeled after a specific university, and if so, what university? After watching the movie, the campus seems familiar to me, but I can't pick out exactly what it is.

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It looks so Northwestern U. to me... It reminded me of my old school. –  user5514 Jul 22 '13 at 12:48

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According to this article, Monsters University is at least partly modeled on UC Berkeley. The article has several illustrations showing how familiar Berkeley landmarks such as Sather Gate and the Campanile are copied in the film.

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