Skip the Studying—14 Distinguished Degree Cheats to Make Your Sim the Ultimate Scholar!

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If you want to find a way to speed-run your sims to an easier life, a Distinguished Degree cheat can help get you there!

Distinguished Degree Cheat

Making it through University can be difficult. Studying, socializing, extracurricular activities, tests, term papers, presentations…there’s so much to juggle in order to keep your grades up! It’s tough enough earning any sort of degree, but if you really want the accolades you’re going to want a Distinguished Degree.

Distinguished Degrees come with many career perks, including a bigger sign-on bonus, better raises, faster promotions, and more vacation days. They set your sim up for a pretty cushy life, something we can all aspire to!

Whether you’re finding uni to be too difficult to play through on your own or you’re creating characters with established backgrounds, the Distinguished Degree cheat can save you hours of stressful gameplay. This is particularly useful if you play on Short Lifespan.

The Distinguished Degrees & Where You Earn Them

Each Distinguished Degree is only available at one university, depending on if it’s art or science based:

University of Britechester
Distinguished Degrees
Foxbury Institute
Distinguished Degrees
Art HistoryBiology
CommunicationsComputer Science
Culinary ArtsEconomics
DramaPhysics
Fine ArtPsychology
HistoryVillainy
Language & Literature

If you’re set on your sim being a Distinguished graduate of a specific school, keep in mind that their preferred distinguished degree might not be available there. You can still send your sim to the school of their choice and have them earn (or cheat) a Degree with Honors, which is almost as good.

Distinguished Degree Cheats

The following cheat codes can help your sim earn their Distinguished Degree without all the work—your sims don’t even need to be enrolled in University to use them! Don’t forget to turn on TestingCheats before you get started.

Distinguished DegreeCheat
Art HistoryTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_ArtHistoryDegreeBAHonors
BiologyTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_BiologyDegreeBSHonors
CommunicationsTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_CommunicationsDegreeBAHonors
Computer ScienceTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_ComputerScienceDegreeBSHonors
Culinary ArtsTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_CulinaryArtsDegreeBAHonors
DramaTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_DramaDegreeBAHonors
EconomicsTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_EconomicsDegreeBSHonors
Fine ArtTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_FineArtDegreeBAHonors
HistoryTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_HistoryDegreeBAHonors
Language & LiteratureTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_LanguageAndLiteratureDegreeBAHonors
PhysicsTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_PhysicsDegreeBSHonors
PsychologyTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_PsychologyDegreeBSHonors
VillainyTraits.Equip_Trait trait_University_VillainyDegreeBSHonors
BONUS: Makes sims eligible to earn distinguished degrees when enrolling in University, even if they don’t meet the required criteriaUniversity.Accept_all_Degrees

The most noticeable disadvantage of using the Distinguished Degree cheat is that your sim won’t graduate or earn a diploma, but this is easily remedied with another cheat.

Open the cheat console in Buy/Build mode and enter the cheat bb.showhiddenobjects which will unlock diplomas from both Universities. You can find them in Decorations Wall Decorations or Objects By Room Dining Room/Outdoors Wall Decorations. Because going this route means the diploma isn’t tied to a specific sim, the diploma for either University will show as an Art History Degree without Honors if you hover over it in Live Mode; you can still “Enable Emotional Aura” if you click on them and they work just fine for wall decor if you’re trying to build a scene for pictures or just regular gameplay.

There is also a rolled up version of the Diploma found in Decorations Paintings & Posters or Objects By Room Bathroom/Bedroom/Dining Room/Living Room/Study/Kids’ Room Paintings & Posters however it can only be placed on surfaces and has no interactions.

Final Thoughts

Cheat codes are a useful way to let your sims reach certain achievements without grinding through the gameplay. If you play with Short Lifespans or just don’t want to go through the whole uni slog, using a Distinguished Degree Cheat will allow you to give your sims a leg-up in life without the hard work. Use the cheat to help your sims advance in their careers, or just to lord over their non-collegiate friends at parties! Have fun with this cheat, and happy simming.


Your Author: Hi! I'm Nicole

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I've been playing The Sims since the first game launched way back in 2000 and have been using CC for over 20 years. As a creative person with an interest in design, The Sims games have always been a great outlet for me whether I'm creating a cool sim, trying a new build style, or dabbling in CC making. The Sims really is a wonderful medium for all sorts of creative outlets and I'm happy to share my enthusiasm with other like-minded players!

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