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    Top 10 Party Colleges

    Top 10 Party Colleges
    Article provided by The Princeton Review

    When it's time to take a break from the books, the students at these colleges definitely know how to cut loose and let the good times roll. According to The Princeton Review's annual survey of 115,000 college students at the Best 361 Colleges, raising the roof is par for the course at these top ten party schools.

    1. The University of Texas at Austin (Austin, Texas)
    Everything is bigger in Texas, including the "huge" party scene at UT Austin. "From the Greek houses [and] off-campus houses" to the "football games and other sporting events," students say if "you are looking for a party there is likely one happening." Beyond campus is the capital of Texas, a city that "never sleeps. If you can't find anything to do in Austin, you're crazy."

    Students who considered UT also looked at Rice University, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University-College Station, and Trinity University.

    2. Penn State-University Park (University Park, Pennsylvania)
    "There is always something fun to do" at Penn State. Undergraduates report that "every night revolves around which fraternities are hosting parties, and which other organizations are invited that night." And if it's "football season the partying doesn't stop." The combination of great academics, great football, and great parties causes Penn State students to have "so much pride in [their] school it hurts."

    Students who considered Penn State also looked at Lehigh University, University of Maryland-College Park, Emory University, and Georgetown University.

    3. West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia)
    "There is a party every night at this school. It would be hard to get bored here unless you locked yourself in a room like a hermit." There are also plenty of alternatives to the traditional party scene: "You don't have to do anything that you don't want to do here; there are many other things to do besides drink, like the mall, movies, sports, clubs, and hanging out with friends, to name a few."

    Students who considered WVU also looked at Penn State-University Park, University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and James Madison University.

    4. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
    Badger athletics drive the party scene at UW. "Sports are insane here, and 'football Saturdays' rank among the best days of the year." As one student reports, "There's nothing like getting up at 9 AM to drink before an 11 AM football game. The streets are lined with parties and blasting music by early morning." When it comes to parties and academics, students say "this school is great for both."

    Students who considered UW also looked at Marquette University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and University of Colorado-Boulder.

    5. University of Mississippi (University, Mississippi)
    Football and Greek life are "huge" at Ole Miss. In the fall, students tailgate at The Grove, "a social setting jam-packed with friends and families all bound by the same values of hospitality and friendship." When football season is over "[al]most all activities outside of class or studying are centered on Greek life." The mantra often repeated by students is: "We might not win every game, but Ole Miss has never lost a party."

    Students who considered Ole Miss also looked at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Mississippi State University, Mississippi College, and University of Tennessee.

    6. Ohio University-Athens (Athens, Ohio)
    Most students at OU "tend to be responsible partygoers," which means they "work hard" during the week and "party hard" on the weekends. OU social life revolves around the "19 bars along a two-block stretch of the main drag in town." Of course, you have to be 21 to get into a bar, so "for the first two years you're here, house parties rule." Whether they're partying off campus or hanging out in the dorms, OU students are always having "a rip-roaring good-time."

    Students who considered OU also looked at Bowling Green State University, Kent State University-Kent Campus, Ohio State University-Columbus, and University of Cincinnati.

    7. University of Massachusetts-Amherst (Amherst, Massachusetts)
    There is something for everyone at UMass. "You can choose to party every night, or to study." Most students choose to strike a balance and take advantage of the many entertainment options on and off campus. "Off-campus keg parties are huge," while nearby Northampton offers a music scene and quaint shops. The result is a "good social environment" for UMass's "fun-loving" students.

    Students who considered UMass Amherst also looked at Boston College, Boston University, Tufts University, and Northeastern University.

    8. Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
    LSU's student partygoers take football very seriously. "Tailgating before football games is as much a sport as the game itself. RVs pack the campus starting on Thursday before the game and stay for a day after." So what do students do when football season is over? "Greek life is very big on campus. The typical student is frat-tastic." Make no mistake though: "As much fun as we like to have, we [also] have an outstanding academic program."

    Students who considered LSU also looked at University of New Orleans, Loyola University of New Orleans, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Tulane University.

    9. University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
    At UI, "If you want to get wild and crazy on the weekends, you can." Nearly everyone here is "football crazy," and tailgates and games are "must attend" events. Although partying is popular, "not everyone on this campus drinks." For abstaining students, "there are many residence hall-sponsored activities like swing dances, dorm parties, barbecues, tug-of-war. [The school] tries to do something every weekend." Hometown Iowa City also offers "many social activities, restaurants, and coffee shops geared toward college students."

    Students who considered Iowa also looked at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University, Drake University, and Grinnell College.

    10. University of California-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)
    UCSB's idyllic setting results in "a relaxed atmosphere, an ideal place in which [to] enjoy life." Enjoyment comes in many forms. "At night, one has many options. There is always the Isla Vista party scene. For the more subdued, there is the school theater and other special performances/guest lectures, night walks along the beach, and the ever-enchanting downtown Santa Barbara," where "shopping, clubs, and many good restaurants" abound.

    Students who considered UCSB also looked at University of California-Berkeley, University of California-Los Angeles, University of California-San Diego, and University of California-Davis.

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    Re: Top 10 Party Colleges

    I live in Madtown Wisconsin.
    Minus the fact I'm surronded by tons of cheese dicks I enjoy being here.
    Great city to live and the party scene is off the chain!
    If you get a chance either come for Mifflin Street block party or the Halloween party.
    Both are incredible.

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    Re: Top 10 Party Colleges

    Greek Life



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    Re: Top 10 Party Colleges

    My college got a B, B, and A-. And its rated in the top 20% of all schools, and is in the top 10% of public schools. YAY Rutgers!

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    My schools aren't even on there...RIGGED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    i thought for sure osu would be up there...guess not
    woo out
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