It’s that time of year again, Coeds: The infamous Princeton Review is here. And this time round, it’s bringing us its annual list of the Top Party Schools in the United States. It’s time to find out which student bodies are as noted for knowing their way around a beer bong as they are for their educational merit.
Students now have a veritable party guide that promises to be indicative of the most happening institutions, where social interaction is nothing short of one big frat party.
Hold on to your wallets, Mom and Dad.
The Princeton Review has put out the list every year since 1992. Earning Dean’s List honors for Best Place to Party Yourself into a drunken stupor is the University of Georgia. The Athens-based institution has appeared on the Princeton Review’s ranking of Party Schools nearly a dozen times in years past, but this is the first time the school has ranked No. 1. Georgia beat out Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University and University of Florida â€” which were the top party schools over the last three years.
The rankings are based on surveys voluntarily filled out by more than 122,000 students around the country. They’re based on alcohol and drug use, how much or how little time people spend studying, and the popularity of the Greek system.
“Many students use the Princeton Review rankings, the ratings and the narratives … to allow them to find the best-fit school for them,” said Rob Franek, lead author on the book, The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition. “I can’t underestimate the value of that.”
University of Georgia officials say this is one list they do not wish to lead.
“We’d rather focus on the Green Honor Roll listing as a top environmentally conscious campus, or the top 50 ‘Best Values’ listing,” Georgia rep Tom Jackson said in a press release this week. “It has no effect on who is accepted or who enrolls.”
Ohio University — alma mater of TODAY anchor Matt Lauer — is also disappointed over their shaming party ranking.
“While we are disappointed in the ranking, we do not put a lot of credence in it,” Kent J. Smith Jr., Vice-President for Student Affairs at Ohio University, told The Washington Times on Tuesday. “It does not represent the holistic experience of Ohio students. Ohio University is routinely ranked as one of the best universities in America based on the quality of our academics and the breadth of our student experience.”
Oh a brighter note: The student body at Brigham Young University has a reason to celebrate (or a reason to be bored to tears, depending on who’s telling the story.) For the 13th straight year, the school owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been named the No. 1 “Stone-Cold Sober” school in America.
Princeton Review Top 10 Party Schools 2011:
1.) University of Georgia
2.) Ohio University
3.) Pennsylvania State University
4.) West Virginia
5.) Ole Miss
6.) University of Texas
7.) University of Florida
8.) University of California: Santa Barbara
10.) DePauw University