This year’s top 20 party schools — and other honors

This year’s top 20 party schools — and other honors

By Fred Barbash

The Princeton Review’s eagerly-awaited annual ranking of top party schools needs no introduction, so here is this year’s list, based on a survey of 130,000 students at 379 schools.

  1. Syracuse University
  2. University of Iowa
  3. University of California at Santa Barbara
  4. West Virginia University
  5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  6. Lehigh University
  7. Pennsylvania State University at University Park
  8. University of Wisconsin at Madison
  9. Bucknell University
  10. University of Florida
  11. Miami University
  12. Florida State University
  13. Ohio University at Athens
  14. DePauw University
  15. University of Georgia
  16. University of Mississippi
  17. Tulane University
  18. University of Vermont
  19. University of Oregon
  20. University of Delaware

 

Somehow, universities don’t like to be called party schools, as if it party’s and academic prowess are mutually exclusive. And Syracuse, an excellent school, was not in a party-mood after its elevation to the top spot. In a statement to its student newspaper, the university said: “We do not aspire to be a party school. With new leadership, we are very focused on enhancing the student experience, both academically and socially. Students, parents, faculty and the full Syracuse University community should expect to see important and positive changes in the year ahead that will improve and enhance the student environment in every aspect.” Nor was Iowa complaining about its demotion from last year’s number one position.

Here are some other “tops” in this year’s survey:

Most beautiful campus: Colgate

Best-run college: Elon University

Best college library: University of Chicago

Best campus food: Virginia Tech

Best college dorms: Washington University in St. Louis

Best health services: Pennsylvania State

Happiest students: Vanderbilt

Most conservative students: Texas A&M

Most liberal students: Sarah Lawrence College

LGBT-friendly: Stanford University

Best athletic facilities: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Top stone-cold sober school: Brigham Young University

 

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