The Summer I Turned Pretty: Is Finch College a real school?

Lola Tung (Belly), Gavin Casalegno (Jeremiah)
Lola Tung (Belly), Gavin Casalegno (Jeremiah) /

Not all locations in The Summer I Turned Pretty are real, but some of them are. What about Finch College, which Jeremiah attends?

We know that Cousins Beach in The Summer I Turned Pretty isn’t a real place. However, some of the locations are real. Just look at how Conrad goes to Brown and how Steven is accepted into Princeton. They are real universities in the United States.

What about the school Jeremiah goes to? He heads off to Finch College, but is this a real school that you could go to? Well sort of, but not the one that Jeremiah attends.

Finch College in The Summer I Turned Pretty

In the series, Jeremiah goes to Finch University along with Belly, Anika, and Taylor. While the name of the college sounds like it should be real, the one in the series is not.

In real life, Finch College was an all-womens college in Manhattan, New York. It opened in 1900, as a private all-girls school. In 1952, it changed to become a liberal arts school. However, the school is no longer operating. It closed down in 1976, but a lot of the college is now used by the Ramaz School, which is a Modern Orthodox Jewish prep school.

The college used in The Summer I Turned Pretty is entirely fictional. This is the only one of the colleges that is made up. Conrad attends Brown, although we find out that he has been accepted into Stanford and is now unsure of what to do. Meanwhile, Steven has gotten into Princeton, and that’s where he is definitely going.

The use of a fictional college is likely to help keep the characters in the local area without bringing up too many questions of things that are around them.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty is available to stream on Prime Video.