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Party Schools

Top Ten Lists, Top Twenty, Princeton Review Top Ten...

Besides the obvious, what's a party school, exactly?

Party schools are easy to find, but most colleges have bacchanalian revelry, even without the reputation.

Below you will find top ten lists, top twenty lists, and and information on a different kinds of party-hearty destinations.

It may surprise you to learn that universities are not happy to be designated among the ten or twenty "top party schools." Colleges have lately begun to crack down on drug and alcohol abuse, more than I have seen them do for several years, and some schools are taking major steps to lose that reputation. University officials express concern that students may think that existing in an alcoholic haze is somehow integral to the college experience.

Downsides to the heavy drinking/drug use on today's campuses:

  • Colleges are taking an increasingly dim view of excessive drinking

  • College binge drinking - a major public health issue

  • Alcoholism

  • Increased sexual assault crimes

  • More rape, date rape

  • Deaths


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    Top party schools

    Pub Clubs Top Ten Party Schools and best small party schools


    Another list-top twenty

  • Indiana University - Bloomington
  • Clemson University
  • University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
  • Penn State University Park
  • University of Florida
  • SUNY at Buffalo
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Florida State University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of California-Santa Cruz
  • University of Tennessee
  • New York University
  • Ohio State University-Columbus
  • Virginia Tech
  • Tulane University


  • In case you didn't notice,

    many schools on this list are among the best in the country. Take care, if you attend these schools, not to get into the party scene so much that you lose your perspective, or you may find yourself on the way home.


    Stone Cold Sober schools

  • Brigham Young University (UT)
  • Wheaton College (IL)
  • United States Air Force Academy
  • United States Naval Academy
  • United States Coast Guard Academy
  • Cooper Union
  • California Institute of Technology
  • United States Military Academy
  • Centenary College of Louisiana
  • Haverford College
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • College of the Ozarks
  • Golden Gate University
  • College of the Atlantic
  • Calvin College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Simmons College
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Wellesley College
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

  • Do I think liquor never passes the students' lips at these schools? No.

    But I think they keep it in better perspective.

    For a forum on the best schools for revelry, check out this web site: Partyschool.com/Best places to party: Forums, debates


    Playboy's Top Ten

    1. Wisconsin

    2. UC - Santa Barbara (A "hard sciences" school, don't be fooled by the label)

    3. Arizona State University

    4. Indiana University

    5. San Diego State University

    6. Florida State University

    7. Ohio University

    8. University of Georgia

    9. University of Tennessee

    10. McGill University (Canada)


    Princeton Review Top Ten List

    1. University of Texas at Austin (#2 in hard liquor, #3 in beer drinking, #13 in pot smoking)

    2. Penn State University

    3. West Virginia University

    4. University of Wisconsin-Madison

    5. University of Mississippi

    6. Ohio University

    7. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

    8. Louisiana State University

    9. University of Iowa

    10. University of California, Santa Barbara


    Check out Campus Dirt.com for all the lowdown on colleges


    Define "Party School"

    I just learned that there are Communist Party Schools in China, but suspecting they were not the same thing, I checked, and sure enough there are a few differences

    A Headline: "Vice-president Stresses Importance of "Party Schools"

    Communist Party of China (CPC) schools are vital for building a team of quality cadres, said Chinese Vice-President Zeng Qinghong Wednesday.

    Created by the Party's committees at different levels, "Party schools" (in China) are characterized by a special educational system designed to spread Marxism among cadres.


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