The Craziest College Traditions

Each college has beloved traditions that students have kept alive through the years. Business Insider put together a list of the best college traditions from around the country.


Some of these — like the Dartmouth Winter Carnival — are loved by students and school officials alike. However, traditions such as the Mirror Lake Jump at Ohio State are enjoyed much more by students than faculty.


Some of the highlights include:


Cornell Dragon Day 

When: Every March

Year it began: Sometime between 1897 and 1901

The tradition of  goes back more than one hundred years. Every March, first-year architecture students band together to build a massive dragon, which they parade across campus. The dragon then "battles" with a large phoenix, built by engineering students.


The Krispy Kreme Challenge at North Carolina University 

When: Every February

Year it began: 2004

This tradition involves a lot of running and a lot of doughnuts. Runners will travel 2.5 miles to a Krispy Kreme shop, eat a dozen doughnuts, and run 2.5 miles back to NC State's campus. The Krispy Kreme Challenge began as a dare between some undergraduate students and has now become a huge event with proceeds supporting the North Carolina Children's Hospital.



The Pull at Hope College 

When: Every September

Year it began: 1898

The Pull is an annual tug-of-war contest held at Hope College. Each team has 18 "pullers" as well as 18 "moralers," who have the responsibility of boosting morale. The longest pull lasted for three hours and 51 minutes, and the shortest was only two minutes and 40 seconds. "Sports Illustrated" named the Pull the "mother of all tug-of-war."



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