College Life is a reality television program on MTV created by David Wexler[1] about the day-to-day lives of eight University of Wisconsin-Madison freshmen, filmed on the campus of the University but without the cooperation thereof (a disclaimer is aired at the beginning of each episode stating that UW does not endorse the program). It debuted on April 13, 2009.[1] Students were given cameras by producers and were told to document their college experiences.[2]

The premiere episode drew a 1.18 rating in the MTV network's target 12–34 demographic, and 1.16 million total viewers. Broadcasting & Cable reported that for a show this cheap to make, this was highly satisfactory to the network.[3]

Future NFL star J. J. Watt was mentioned and made an appearance during the shows first few episode, being briefly involved with cast member Andrea Endries.[4]


Note: Ages are at the time of filming.[2]


  1. ^ a b Ziff, Deborah (April 13, 2009). "UW-Madison 'College Life' set for premiere on MTV". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "College Life Premieres on MTV". Seventeen. April 13, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2022.
  3. ^ Weprin, Alex (April 14, 2009). "Cable Ratings: 'College Life' Delivers An "A" For MTV; Student-filmed series delivers 1.18 demo rating, 1.16 million viewers". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved April 2, 2010.
  4. ^ Gentille, Sean (July 15, 2015). "J.J. Watt was on MTV's 'College Life' in 2009, and we watched all of it". Sporting News. Retrieved May 29, 2022.