Hudson University

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Hudson University is a fictional university alluded to in the TV shows The Cosby Show, Degrassi: the Next Generation, Law & Order, Conviction, Tru Calling, Without a Trace, Castle, Touch, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Unforgettable, and in the DC Comics universe.[1] It is generally described as being in New York City, which sits alongside the Hudson River.


Blue Bloods[edit]

Hudson University was mentioned in the CBS drama Blue Bloods.


Hudson University is also used in ABC's Castle starring Nathan Fillion in the episodes "The Mistress Always Spanks Twice," where the victim was a student at the fictional school; and "A Deadly Game," where the police encounter Ukrainian exchange students at Hudson who have bought counterfeit IDs. The school appears again in the episode "Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind," as the location of an altitude chamber. The school was mentioned in the episodes "Head Case" and "Dial M for Mayor" as the employer of the episodes' victims. It is alluded to in "The Fast and the Furriest" as the school of the victim, an evolutionary biology major who was killed while supposedly tracking Bigfoot. Most recently, in "Time Will Tell," the target of an assassin who may or may not have been from the future was a physics student at Hudson.

The Cosby Show[edit]

Hudson University is also used in the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show as the medical school Cliff Huxtable attended.

Degrassi: The Next Generation[edit]

Hudson University is also used in the Canadian teenage drama Degrassi: The Next Generation. One of the main characters, Jimmy Brooks, receives acceptance to the university's Law program.

Law & Order[edit]

Hudson University is a fictional university in New York City from the television series Law & Order and its spin-offs.

Over the years, Hudson University has seen several detectives visit its campus in search of suspects and witnesses, especially in cases that involve college students and professors. By using a fictional school rather than a real college, the writers of Law & Order are able to weave the university into several narratives without the fear of misrepresenting the rate of crime at one of New York's actual institutions of higher learning.

Hudson University is a composite of several colleges and universities located in New York City including Columbia University, Barnard College, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn College, College of Mount Saint Vincent, Hunter College, Lehman College, New York University, City College of New York, Queens College, Union Theological Seminary, General Theological Seminary, Pace University and Fordham University, all of which have been used as filming locations. For filming purposes, NYU is one of the least used locations in the series due to the high cost of filming in the university's buildings and surrounding area (one of Lennie Briscoe's daughters, Julia, was once said to be a film student at NYU, but the show never filmed there). The show has shown Hudson University on a map of New York City where the real life Yeshiva University is located, and a Season 20 episode, "Innocence", depicted a fictional "Hudson Innocence Project" modeled on the real life Innocence Project at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. That same episode also identified Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter as a graduate of Hudson's Law School, making him the first Law & Order prosecutor to have graduated from a fictional law school.

In Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Detective Elliot Stabler's daughters Maureen and Kathleen are students at Hudson University. The seal of the university is visible in the background during a scene in the season 12 episode "Gray," indicating that the university was established in 1876.

The Secret Life of the American Teenager[edit]

The Secret Life of the American Teenager, which takes place in Valley Glen, California, depicts a Hudson University in New York, to which two of its main characters, Amy Juergens and Ben Boykewich, have been accepted.


Hudson University was used on the CBS drama Unforgettable in the episode "Day of the Jackie," and again in the episode "Till Death," with scenes set in the campus bookstore and Dean's office.


Hudson University is a fictional location in the DC Universe. It was first mentioned in Batman #217 (December 1969). Like many fictional locations in the comics, Hudson University's corresponding location in the real world is never made clear. According to the Atlas of the DC Universe (published by Mayfair Games), it is located in the fictional city of New Carthage, New York.

Notable former students at Hudson University include Dick Grayson/Robin (who only attended for one semester), Professor Martin Stein, Crystal Frost, Louise Lincoln, and Duela Dent. The father of Amy Winston was a professor of English at Hudson.

In New Adventures of Superboy #51 (1984), a teenaged Clark Kent is shown pondering whether to accept an offer to attend Hudson University, but eventually chooses Metropolis University in Metropolis instead.