How I Got Into College
Movie poster for How I Got Into College
Directed bySavage Steve Holland
Written byTerrel Seltzer
Produced byElizabeth Cantillon
Michael Shamberg
CinematographyRobert Elswit
Edited byKaja Fehr
Sonya Sones
Music byJoseph Vitarelli
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
May 19, 1989
Running time
86 minutes
Budget$10 million
Box office$1,642,239 (USA)

How I Got Into College is a 1989 romantic comedy film directed by Savage Steve Holland, starring Anthony Edwards, Corey Parker, and Lara Flynn Boyle and produced & released by 20th Century Fox. This is the film debut of eventual voice actor Tom Kenny.


The story follows a girl named Jessica (Lara Flynn Boyle) and her attempt to get into Ramsey College, a small college in Pennsylvania, and Marlon (Corey Parker), a boy who tries to get into Ramsey to pursue Jessica, whom he is in love with.



Jan Eliasberg started directing but was fired five days into filming and replaced with Savage Steve Holland.[1]


Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes has rated it a 38%[2]

Box office

The film was a box office bomb, making just $651,850 in its opening weekend from 743 theaters for an average of $877 per venue.[3] It ended its run with only $1,642,239 domestically.[4]

Production notes

Parts of the film used Pomona College in Claremont, California, as Ramsey College.


  1. ^ Cieply, Michael (March 11, 1988). "A Fired Woman Film Director--New Questions, Issue Continues". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ "How I Got Into College". 1989-05-19. Retrieved 2016-04-17.
  3. ^ "Swayze Flexes Box-Office Muscle". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  4. ^ "How I Got into College".