Top Party Schools in the US for 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011

Students at a party raise their hands in celebration

Based on surveys taken from 126,000 students, the Princeton Review has released their 2013-2014 annual rankings of colleges. The list that gets the most attention, by far, is their ranking of the top party schools in the nation. The ranking is based on survey questions relating to student use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study per day, and the popularity of the Greek system at the school.

For 2013-2014, the University of Iowa ousted West Virginia University (WVU) for the top spot in Princeton Review’s ranking of top party schools, and West Virginia came in at fourth place. Schools that are new to Princeton Review’s list of party schools for this year include Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA, Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, the University of Vermont in Burlington, and the University of Oregon in Eugene. And topping this year’s list of “Stone Cold Sober” schools, as usual, is Brigham Young University (BYU), as well as several other faith-based schools and military academies.


Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2013

Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2014

1. West Virginia University (Morgantown) 1. University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
2. University of Iowa (Iowa City) 2. University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
3. Ohio University (Athens) 3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 4. West Virginia University (Morgantown WV)
5. University of Georgia (Athens) 5. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
6. University of Florida (Gainsville) 6. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
7. University of California-Santa Barbara 7. Ohio University (Athens, OH)
8. Florida State University (Tallahasee) 8. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
9. Miami University of Ohio (Oxford) 9. Penn State University (University Park, PA)
10. Syracuse University (Syracuse, N.Y.) 10. Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)
11. Penn State University (University Park, Pa.) 11. University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
12. DePauw University (Greencastle, Ind.) 12. Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
13. University of Wisconsin-Madison 13. DePauw University (Greencastle, IN)
14. University of Mississippi 14. University of Mississippi (University, MS)
15. University of Texas-Austin 15. University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
16. University of Maryland (College Park) 16. Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH)
17. University of South Carolina (Columbia) 17. University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
18. James Madison University (Harrisonburg Va.) 18. Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
19. University of Maine (Orono) 19. University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
20. University of Tennessee (Knoxville) 20. University of Oregon (Eugene OR)

For the sake of comparison, below we’ve listed the top party schools, as reported by Princeton Review, for 2011 and 2012. While the rankings change, you can see that many of the top party schools across the United States are somewhat consistent from year to year. Party schools that have been ranked in the top 10 for the last 3 years running include West Virginia University, Ohio University, University of Iowa, University of Georgia, University of Florida, and University of California-Santa Barbara. Schools that have fallen from Princeton Review’s list of top 20 school include Louisiana State University, Indiana University, and Arizona State University.

Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2011

Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2012

1. University of Georgia 1. Ohio University (Athens, OH)
2. Ohio University 2. University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
3. Penn State University 3. University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
4. West Virginia University 4. University of Iowa (Iowa city, IA)
5. University of Mississippi 5. University of California Santa Barbara
6. University of Texas at Austin 6. West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
7. University of Florida 7. Penn State University (University Park, PA)
8. University of California – Santa Barbara 8. Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
9. University of Iowa 9. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
10. DePauw University 10. University of Texas (Austin, TX)
11. Florida State University 11. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
12. University of Wisconsin – Madison 12. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
13. University of Alabama 13. Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
14. Sewanee – The University of the South 14. University of Wisconsin-Madison
15. Indiana University – Bloomington 15. DePauw University (Greencastle, IN)
16. University of Colorado – Boulder 16. Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
17. University of Missouri 17. Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
18. University of Illinois 18. University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
19. University of Maryland 19. University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
20. Michigan State University 20. University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)


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