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Backupsmore University, also known as BMU, is the college Ford Pines attended after failing to get into his dream school, West Coast Tech. It was here that he met Fiddleford McGucket, his dorm mate and eventual friend and partner who would later work with him on the construction of the Interdimensional Portal.


By the time Ford attended the school in the early 1970s, it was a self-described institution of second choice, boasting of its "mostly bug-free dorms" rather than its nonexistent academic achievements. According to Ford, he had to work twice as hard as he would have at a more prestigious school due to its poor reputation and low educational standards. But fortunately, working twice as hard is what Ford does best.

S2E12 Ford gets that coin

Ford receiving his grant from the dean.

Ford completed both his undergraduate studies and at least one of his PhDs at Backupsmore three years ahead of the typical student, taking courses such as Hyper-Advanced Engineering, Fifth Dimensional Calculus, and Applied Quantum Phase theory before writing a thesis that would be nationally ranked and earn him a 100-thousand-dollar research grant to use in the field of his choice. It is unknown whether McGucket completed undergraduate studies, graduate studies, neither or both at Backupsmore, but he did attend the school alongside Ford for a time.


  • The code at the end of A Tale of Two Stans states "BACKUPSMORE UNIVERSITY: YOU TRIED." This implies that many of the students at BMU have been denied the college of their choice just like Ford.

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