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In order to prepare for their roles, the leads were all put through a finishing school two weeks prior to filming.
To prepare for her role, Julia Roberts observed art history classes at New York University.
Lecture Hall scenes were filmed at Columbia University, which maintains a 50-year-old lecture hall used in many different films.
Kirsten Dunst, a natural blonde, dyed her hair brown. Julia Stiles, a natural brunette, dyed her hair blonde.
Costars Julia Roberts and Marcia Gay Harden won Oscars in the same year--Roberts for Erin Brockovich, and Harden for Pollock.
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The war story that Bill Dunbar tells during his Italian class is borrowed from the World War I novel "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Erich Maria Remarque.
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In the pool, the girls in the background practicing synchronized swimming are members of the Wheaton College (MA) Synchronized Swim Team from the 2002-2003 season.
Laura Allen graduated from Wellesley. She was a sociology major.
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Krysten Ritter and Lily Rabe, now both well known leading actresses, appear in numerous scenes of the film as extras - playing students in the art history class.
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Producers originally applied to film at Bryn Mawr College, another one of the Seven Sisters. It is unclear why they ultimately went with Wellesley College.
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Part of the film was shot at Columbia University of which actresses Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal are both graduates.
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The painting that the girls look at is Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles which is at the National Gallery in Canberra, Australia. Most NSW students are take to see the same painting as part of their education.
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Chloë Sevigny was considered for the role of Giselle Levy.
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The Harvard Din & Tonics:  the a cappella group singing "Istanbul not Constantinople".
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