The Alma Matter is the 18th episode of Season 3 of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.


A representative from Princeton University begins interviewing students at Bel-Air prep. When Will makes a good impression in his interview and gets a conditional acceptance by acting naturally, Carlton decides to act like him... only for this to backfire badly and earn him an outright rejection. After initially lying to his family he got in on a scholarship, he soon tells the truth to his furious family. Feeling utterly depressed, Carlton soon gets a visit from his guardian angel... Tom Jones, who helps him see the light.


A representative from Princeton University begins interviewing students. Will at first has a rough time in his interview but after solving a Rubik's Cube to the amazement of the representative, he makes a good impression just by being himself. Carlton, upset that Will got accepting and Phillip being proud of him, tries to act like Will but gets rejected instead, ending with him threatening to have the representative. Phillip finds out what Carlton did after he lied and said he got into Princeton on a full scholarship. Depressed, Carlton gets a visit from Tom Jones, his guardian angel who shows Carlton that without him, the family wouldn't know the meaning of success and would only be focused on happiness as they were defenseless against Will. In the end, Phillip tells him that he is proud of Carlton just being himself and he doesn't have to follow in his footsteps but grounds Carlton over the lies and death threat.


  • The song that plays during the montage of Will and the Princeton representative getting along is "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille.
    • Current airings on BET have this entire scene erased.
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