Strange, Pallyndrome, that was an EP that tide me up with Sims2! University time was my favorite, beside skilling and increasing hobbies, relationships, adding slots for wishes and ability to lock them was great, but also, they could earn money, travel, use NL features, I really loved that part, and most often I would create Sims that goes straight to University. Only thing I didn't like was once they were done, I was suppose to sent them back home separately and they lose all the money they earn while there and start from beginning. But I never played multigenerational games so I didn't look at it from that perspective.
I loved Sims 2 but after Sims3 experience, I just couldn't go back and enjoy it, even with all wonderfull things I've been missing now, I still prefere Sims3. So as a huge fan of Sims2 and University, I still vote for Sims3 And it's EPs.