The top 10 party schools of 2015 have officially been listed. These are the colleges and universities most likely to invoke a mental image of National Lampoon’s Animal House.
By “party,” they probably mean exactly what you’re thinking. Students known to take part in this pastime often stay up late with their choice of hard liquor, throw house parties, and rarely study, possibly resulting in horrible test scores and disappointing grades.
The school which topped this list was in Champaign, Illinois. Boasting 23 Nobel Prize winners and the technical geniuses behind YouTube and Java, they also have the most prominent drinking culture this year.
The Princeton Review says that the schools most likely to drink too much and not study are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bucknell University, Syracuse University, University of California-Santa Barbara, West Virginia University, University of Georgia, Tulane University, and Colgate University.
Of the top party schools of 2015, one was a surprise considering its population of students. Bucknell has a tiny number of students compared with the others (3,600), and it sits at number four. This is a step up from number nine last year.
Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was understandably upset to learn of this, being the chancellor for the one ranked highest.
“This is not a scientifically based ranking. It’s a promotion for The Princeton Review. It’s disappointing that, once again, Princeton Review is promoting this pseudo ranking as though it were meaningful. It’s insulting to all of our students, since they are here to prepare to become leaders of their generation.”
University spokeswoman Robin Kaler also has a problem with the image this list paints University of Illinois students with.
“They are serious, they are hard-working, and to try to present them as being somehow irresponsible is insulting.”
While the top party schools of 2015 appear to be getting the shameful spotlight, the other end of the spectrum has also been revealed. Brigham Young University is the most sober school of them all, a private school in Utah affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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Iowa City could slip down the ranks this year though, having made efforts to cut down on underage drinking in bars. The police presence is expected to be increased to break up rowdy crowds, and may have already begun the effort, since they slipped down from their previous number one ranking.
What do you think of the top party schools of 2015? Do you think these schools’ positions on the list are insulting?
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