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Shiz University is a fictional university in Gregory Maguire's revisionist novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Shiz also appears in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, the hit Broadway musical based on the book. In the book, the university is located in the city of Shiz in Gillikin, the northern province of the Land of Oz. It is a cluster of several different colleges, a similar arrangement to British universities such as Cambridge and Oxford. At Shiz, Crage Hall is the only all-female school. The University is described as looking like a jumble of many different types of architecture but with cafes, trees, gardens and ivy-covered walls. Other schools mentioned include Three Queens, Ozma Towers and Briscoe Hall. Although some classes and events are coeducational, the overall gender segregation is apparent.

Early on, Galinda notes that Crage Hall "wasn't one of the better colleges - they were still closed to female students. But it was Shiz University." Madame Morrible is the headmistress of Crage Hall, attended by Grommetik, a Tik-Tok creature that does her bidding. The university is attended by many of the main characters of the story, including Elphaba, Galinda, Fiyero, Nessarose , and Boq. A Goat Doctor Dillamond is a prominent science instructor and Animal activist, whom Elphaba briefly assists in the lab before his throat is slit under rather dubious circumstances. In time, the authoritarianism of the Wizard restricts the curriculum and teachers to such a degree that Elphaba drops out.

In the musical, Shiz is a (presumably) co-educational university of which Madame Morrible is the headmistress, and where all of the main characters study. It is somewhat cliquish, as Elphaba is ostracized for her looks and ways while Galinda is easily the most popular girl in school. No two students outfits are alike, except for the colors of dark blue and white. This is to show that they may think they are all individuals but are actually all the same.

The University's "Ozma-Mater" is Dear Old Shiz, sung in the musical by Galinda and the Students.


Crage Hall

Attended by Elphaba, Glinda, Nessarose and Glinda's Friends. It is an all-girls school and, according to Glinda, not one of the better colleges. It appears to be a general studies college. Madame Morrible is the Headmistress. Students there require a chaperone called an Ama in order to attend or they will be placed in a dormitory, rather than a private room.

Briscoe Hall

Attended by Boq and Avaric. According to Glinda, It is an agricultural school. Assumingly, Boq goes there to improve his farming skills, which he will need later in life. It apparently has the most extensive library on campus. It is a co-eduational school. The Crage Hall dormitory is across the alley and over a stable.

Three Queens

Attended by Tibbett and Crope. It appears to be a theatrical school and apparently has an extensive library. It is implied that the seemingly all-male students are gay or bisexual.

Ozma Towers

Attended by Fiyero. It may be a political school, as Glinda mentioned there is one. It is the least explored in the novel.

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