Top 10 Most Intense Colleges in America: 2016

For students attending these colleges, working hard and playing hard go hand-in-hand.

Elizabeth Hoyt

April 18, 2016

Top 10 Most Intense Colleges in America: 2016

When it comes to the complete college experience, students at these schools have it down pat. For students attending these colleges, working hard and playing hard go hand-in-hand.

Business Insider combined four rankings from the college information site, Niche, in order to come up with the “most intense” colleges rankings.

In creating this list, Business Insider compared colleges that landed on the listed rankings for best academics, smartest students, colleges with the best Greek life rankings and, of course, top party schools. Then, they eliminated any schools that ranked only for academics or only for social rankings.

From state schools to Ivies, these are the schools where students take studying and partying to the next level, according to Business Insider, along with Business Insider’s grade for both the academic and party scenes:

10. Stanford University
Location: Stanford, CA
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: B-

9. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A+

8. Cornell University
Location: Ithaca, NY
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A

7. University of Virginia
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A+

6. Lehigh University
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A+

5. Colgate University
Location: Hamilton, NY
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A+

4. Dartmouth College
Location: Hanover, NH
Academics Grade:A+
Party Scene Grade: B

3. Vanderbilt University
Location: Nashville, TN
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A+

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Cambridge, MA
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A

1. University of Pennsylvania
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Academics Grade: A+
Party Scene Grade: A+

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