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May 04, 2022Now Trending

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Going off to college is an exciting time - for students and parents alike! It’s a time for planning and shopping for dorm supplies, choosing a meal plan, and signing up for classes. Freshmen finally get to spread their wings and enjoy their first taste of freedom. If you want to be a big shot on campus, add a college canopy tent to your packing list. That’s right! Wondering why a college kid needs a campus tent? Keep reading to find out.

Why a Canopy Tent Is a College Essential?

It may seem unusual to include a college tent with your other school supplies. After all, it’s not like you will be attending a tent state university. However, campus canopies can make college life so much more fun! You may be wondering what kind of tent is the best for a college campus. For quick and easy shelter, you can’t beat a pop-up tent. They are portable, yet durable; lightweight, yet sturdy. Plus, they are super easy to set up. Beware of cheap, flimsy tents. Your new friends will not be impressed if your tent collapses from a stiff wind. Be sure to invest in a tent that will last all four years and beyond. You want to look for a commercial-grade, heavy-duty tent that can withstand windy conditions. Here are some things to look for when shopping for a college pop-up tent.

  • Construction: Choose a heavy-duty, wind-resistant with an aluminum frame and joints that are anodized. Anodized aluminum is 100 times as thick as regular aluminum, which means that it is resistant to corrosion and has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. 
  • Material thickness: A heavy-duty aluminum pop-up canopy should be 12 gauge aluminum (nearly 2mm thick) - anything under that will be less durable and more suitable for recreational use.
  • Customization: If you want to make a splash on campus, choose a tent that can be customized with your future alma mater’s school colors. You could even add your mascot to the design and your tent will be the hot spot for game day parties and more.

4 Ways to Use a Tent on a Campus

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Tailgating for Sporting Events 

Whether you’re rooting for Gophers, Badgers, or Bulldogs, sports are a huge part of the college experience. Tailgate parties are the perfect place to bond with your classmates and make new friends. After all of that studying, you all deserve to have a little fun! Make your tailgate party the best on campus with college team tents! Just find the perfect tailgating spot and stake your claim with the tent! Rain, wind, or beating sun, with college tailgate tents you and your guests will be protected from the elements and ready to cheer on the home team. Of course, you can’t have a tailgate party without plenty of food and beverages! Ask your friends to chip in by bringing coolers filled with cold drinks. Appoint a grill master to be in charge of grilling duties. Assign a few friends to bring burgers and hot dogs for the cook-out. Tell everyone to bring a lawn chair so all you have to supply is the most important thing: the tent! Be ready to make lots of new friends too, since college football tents always attract a crowd.

Weekend Trips

Campus life is definitely fun, but sometimes you need to get away for a bit. After spending so much time in a cramped dorm room, you’re probably ready to hit the road. Weekend trips are an excellent way to take a break and spend some downtime with friends. Whether it’s a weekend camping trip or just a quick road trip, a change of scenery may be just what you need to recharge your batteries. And since most college students are on a tight budget, a weekend getaway is an affordable way to take a mini-vacation. Just be sure to include a pop-up tent when you pack up and head out for your adventure. That way, you can stop anywhere and have instant shelter. Even if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can still enjoy your time away from campus. Campus camping tents are perfect for a weekend trip. It’s easy to pack up and assemble and when it’s time to head back to school, taking it down is a breeze. 

Student Organization Promotions and Activities 

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Whether or not sports are your thing, there’s always something for everyone at college. In fact, joining clubs that match your interests and values is an enriching and important part of your overall university experience. Student organizations will help you make new friends with like-minded interests and also help build your resume after graduation. Your pop-up tent will come in handy for different club activities such as:

  • Club meetings
  • Social events
  • Fundraisers
  • Recruitment

If you’re running for club president, having a pop-up tent certainly won’t hurt your chances! Preparing your tent for events with fellow club members is an excellent team-building activity. Plus, all of the club members will appreciate having a comfortable place to meet regardless of weather conditions. Even if you’re not conducting official student organization business, your tent will be a popular spot for casual gatherings or even study groups. When other students see your student organization meeting in a tent setting, they’ll surely want to join!.

Parties and Gatherings 

Fraternities and sororities are well known for throwing big college parties, but pop-up party tents are perfect for all kinds of parties. A college party tent is an excellent way to protect your frat or sorority house from spills or other mayhem. For other students, a college dorm tent provides opportunities to host gatherings to get to know your neighbors in the dormitory. For hosting parties to celebrate the end of finals, a friend’s birthday, great tents make for awesome parties. You don’t even need an excuse to have a party! Host a karaoke contest or dance party just for fun. Or, get everyone out of the stuffy library and under the tent for study group events. After all, studies have shown that students who study outdoors have better focus than those stuck indoors. Other benefits include reduced stress, improved attention span, and better engagement with studies. So that pop-up tent may just boost your GPA! Just be sure to choose a quality tent that will stand up to plenty of wear and tear.


Campus canopies are a sure-fire way to enhance your college experience. Make memories that will last a lifetime with a pop-up tent from American Tent! Contact us today to learn about affordable options for your college tent.

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Tony Ehrbar

Owner & CEO

Tony's entrepreneurial spirit is woven into the fabric of American Tent (an Inc 5000 company), shaped by his experience running a successful event venue & tent rental service. His recognition as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 is a testament to his impact & dedication to his community. As the Co-founder and CEO of Renegade Plastics, Tony is leading initiatives in the tent industry to integrate eco-friendly, recyclable materials. Contributing as a board member for the Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) & the Green Bay Area Public Schools Foundation and being featured by Entrepreneur, Oracle, & Modern Weddings, Tony plays a pivotal role in enhancing the growth and success of the textile industry.

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