Here is another very very easy crochet scarf. I used a size j hook and a double strand of Simply Soft. Chain as many stitches as you want plus 3 to get the height of the stitch and just do a nice easy double crochet for as long as you'd like. I used a second color and added stripes and switched colors halfway as well.
I suggest using team colors for your college kid to wear with pride. I also suggest picking out colors and making a few of these to match your favorite coats, hats, or gloves. It's just so classic!