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Best Party Schools in the USA - 2005


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Princeton Review's Top Party Schools

List of the top party schools as compiled by the Princeton Review:

1. University of Wisconsin-Madison

2. Ohio University-Athens

3. Lehigh University

4. University of California-Santa Barbara

5. State University of New York at Albany

6. Indiana University-Bloomington

7. University of Mississippi

8. University of Iowa

9. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

10. Loyola University New Orleans

11. Tulane University

12. University of Georgia

13. Penn State University

14. West Virginia University

15. The University of Texas-Austin

16. University of Tennessee-Knoxville

17. University of New Hampshire

18. University of Florida

19. Louisiana State University

20. University of Maryland-College Park


Back in the day, my undergraduate school was number one - how the mighty have fallen - I cant believe we've fallen to number 13! :reallymad:

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we were ranked number 1 by playboy (the only authority on this subject IMO) my freshman year, and have since had administration take steps to make sure we never make any lists again. And it seems to be working.

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we were ranked number 1 by playboy (the only authority on this subject IMO) my freshman year, and have since had administration take steps to make sure we never make any lists again.  And it seems to be working.

I agree that Playboy is a better authority - what the hell does Princeton know about partying???!! Playboy once called our school professionals and not worthy of ranking :lol:

ASU, OSU and some of the Florida schools should be on ANY list...

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Here's a more accurate listing from the Pubclub.com, but I think they got the Arizona schools mixed up, and the rankings backwards:

1.) Texas. There's a bar called The Library, so you can really tell mom and dad you were at The Library all night! And it's just one of many places on Sixth Street in awesome Austin (check out our weekend on Lake Travis). Add in 60,000 students and this place is no bum steer.

Austin's rocking Sixth Street bars pack in the party-minded Longhorns.

2.) Florida State. Most games are at night, which means people spend their day getting primed for kickoff (and beyond). There are few dates in the stands, mostly just single people looking for fun. At FSU, not all the scoring is done on the field.

3.) Florida. The stadium is called "The Swamp," and the town of Gainesville is a good place to get swamped.

4.) Arizona. Are the students and alumni "Zonies" or not? At any rate, they are usually in a party zone. Plus, it's in close proximity to arch-rival Arizona State, another great place to socialize.

5.) Alabama. There used to be a joint in town in an old train car that served a drink called The Derailer. It was everything clear at the bar plus a splash of soda. Mike Price would have loved the place. Bars are open well into the morning, even drawing in Mississippi State students from nearby Starkville. Plus, T-town has the best ribs anywhere, the appropriately-named Dreamland (205-758-8135). Alabama is also The Bartender's alma mater.

6.) San Diego State. Young and fun and right on the Southern California coast. Does anyone here really want to graduate? See our San Diego Party Guide.

7.) UCSB. Technically, UCSB stands for "University of California Santa Barbara." Students, on the other hand, say it means "U Can Study Buzzed." It's also the country's only campus with its own beach. Party Central is Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista.

8.) Wisconsin. It's a beautiful campus right on a lake with a weekly Thursday night outdoor student bash. What a way to prep for the many campus-close bars!

9.) Georgia. Two bands – the B52s and REM – are from Athens-town. The frat party scene is awesome and the city is the very essence of a Southern college town. The football team plays "tween the Hedges" (though we could do without that mascot).

10. )Penn State. Friendly people and a town perfectly set up to party. No wonder it's called "Happy Valley." Bonus points for the fact the football team plays in Beaver Stadium.

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Here's Playboy's 2002 Rankings - you were #1 ASU - but I dont buy his honorable mention crap for PSU:

The 2002 list read as follows:

01.   Arizona State

02.   California State University, Chico

03.   Rollins

04.   Louisiana State

05.   West Virginia

06.   Colorado

07.   Wisconsin

08.   Connecticut

09.   Kansas

10.   San Diego State

11.   Georgia

12.   Ohio State

13.   Iowa State

14.   Florida State

15.   Colorado State

16.   Florida

17.   Tulane

18.   Washington State

19.   East Carolina

20.   Michigan State

21.   Mississippi

22.   University of California, Santa Barbara

23.   Lehigh

24.   Vanderbilt

25.   James Madison


Honorable Mentions: Miami of Ohio, Ohio University, Colgate, Penn State, Pitt, Southern Illinois, Slippery Rock, Tennessee, Texas, and Dayton.

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12. University of Georgia

:o #12 they gotta be fucking kidding... :rolleyes:

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My sis goes to UT...and sixth street does kick ass!

But every town has a bar called the library...it's a chain.

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