Top 10 Party Schools of 2013-2014
Did your school make the list?
August 06, 2013
The Princeton Review ranks pretty much everything when it comes to college – from student life to political agendas. But what rankings matter most to students?
Try as they might to gain student hype around academics or other categories, one of the most highly anticipated rankings remains both coveted by students and despised by college presidents: the year’s top party colleges.
The results are derived from surveying students on a school’s academics, administration, student body and campus life to launch their annual rankings, so that you always know what’s happening on campus.
The list is out – check out the Princeton Review’s top party school rankings for 2013-14:
10. Lehigh University
Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this private residential research university annually ranks within the top national research universities.
This year, however, the school boasts another title: number ten on the top party schools list.
Founded in 1865, the school offers studies within four colleges to nearly 5,000 undergraduates and more than 2,000 graduate students.
9. Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Ranked as number eleven last year, the school better known as Penn State ranked in at number nine this year.
However, with more than 44,000 students on the main campus alone, we’re willing to bet it’s always easy to have a great time.
The school is also ranked within the U.S. News and World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2014 and Best Children’s Hospitals 2013-14, among other honors.
8. University of Wisconsin
Students love Madison’s beautiful campus, which includes five lakes and more than 6,000 acres of parkland.
The city is also noted as one of America’s safest and greenest – two great accomplishments in addition to being home to the eighth ranked party school this year.
The University of Wisconsin also has more than 800 student organizations, which allows and encourages students to get involved on campus.
7. Ohio University
What else are you going to do in Ohio but party? Scaling back from last year’s number three slot, Ohio University is home to avid Greek life, a beautiful campus and some die-hard sports fans.
The Athens campus offers a beautiful academic setting, though there are five total Ohio University campuses located throughout central and southeastern Ohio, comprised of more than 35,000 students.
6. University of Florida
The Gators maintained their slot, being ranked as the number six party school last year, too.
With more than 50,000 students making up the school body, the school is the second largest public university in Florida, one of the largest in the nation and holds the distinction of being the state’s oldest university.
One of 17 public, land-grant universities belonging to the Association of America Universities, the University of Florida also holds a unique claim to fame: it’s where Gatorade, the sports drink, was born.
5. Syracuse University
Syracuse University holds the distinction of the top party schools amongst the ranked private universities of the list. It moved up five slots, being ranked at number ten on last year’s list.
Amongst the many famous graduates are recording artist and actress, Vanessa Williams (1986), fashion designer, Betsey Johnson (1964) and football star Donovan McNabb (1998).
4. West Virginia University
Full of nearly 30,000 steadfast partiers, West Virginia University was dethroned as last year’s top party school.
In addition to offering a great time, the university offers more than 15 colleges for students to choose from 184 programs, more than 350 student organizations and is in a location that allows students to easily travel to Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, PA, as well as Cleveland and Columbus, OH.
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Amongst the many prestigious academic rankings, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is this year’s bronze medal winner, taking up the number three spot on the list from last year’s number four.
Around 140 miles south of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers 17 colleges and instructional units to its more than 32,000 enrolled undergraduate students (more than 44,000 total).
2. University of California – Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
This college is home sweet home to more than 18,000 undergraduate students, who enjoy the views from the cliffs of the Pacific and the college’s very own lagoon.
The school moved to number two after being ranked as number seven last year.
The cause for this year’s bump? Our guess is location, location, location! Seriously, who wouldn’t want to party over the pacific?
1. University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
What can you do in Iowa? Party, of course! Located in Iowa City, this school is part of the Big Ten but still manages to feel like a smaller college, despite the nearly 22,000 students in attendance.
Moving up from the number two slot last year, this school is known for producing athletic and academic stars alike – the University of Iowa boasts successful alumni from Pulitzer-Prize winners to football heroes.
With more than 12 colleges, University of Iowa offers a broad range of studies for students, including the infamous Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
The school has a strong Greek life presence, in addition to being packed with sports fanatics. That’s a surefire recipe for becoming the top party school, if we’ve ever heard one!
NOTE: Princeton Review Rankings should be reviewed with a grain of salt. The Princeton Review surveys students and their answers determine how the school ranks. According to the Princeton Review, “each college is given a score (similar to a GPA) for its students’ answers to each multiple-choice question. These scores enable us to compare student opinion from college to college. They are the sole factors that determine which schools make it onto our 62 ranking lists.” There is no input from collegiate administrators or professors so these assessments only reflect the student body perspective of each school. With that, they also don’t reflect the opinions of the entire student body. Only around 126,000 students in the country were surveyed this year.
Where did your school rank?