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Top Party Schools in the US for 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012

The number of students surveyed by The Princeton Review for the 2014-2015 ranking of the “Top 20 Party Schools” increased by 6,000 to a total of 130,000, over the 2013-2014 student survey size. The 5 top party schools in the US from 2014 stayed the same, however their orders were rearranged, with the exception of West Virginia University, which stayed in fourth place. Syracuse University went from fifth place right to the top, showing the most change in the top 5. There are also 2 new schools added this year: 9th place, Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA); and 20th place, University of Delaware (Newark, DE). These two schools replaced: 15th place, University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX); and 17th place, University of Maryland (College Park, MD). Bucknell University didn’t waste any party time as they jumped into the top 10, especially since this is the first time they have shown up in the previous 3 years!

Students at a party raise their hands in celebration

The top party schools 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. In contrast, on the opposite end of the spectrum is the “Top 20 Stone Cold Sober Schools”, which we have also included on our site for comparison. As usual, Brigham Young University (BYU – Provo, UT) kept its first place spot, and there are several other faith-based schools and military academies which have also consistently stayed on this list.


Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2015

Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2014

1. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) 1. University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
2. University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) 2. University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
3. University of California-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA) 3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
4. West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) 4. West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL) 5. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
6. Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA) 6. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
7. Penn State University (University Park, PA) 7. Ohio University (Athens, OH)
8. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) 8. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
9. Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) 9. Penn State University (University Park, PA)
10. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) 10. Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA)
11. Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH) 11. University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
12. Florida State University (Tallahasee, FL) 12. Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
13. Ohio University (Athens, OH) 13. DePauw University (Greencastle, IN)
14. DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) 14. University of Mississippi (University, MS)
15. University of Georgia (Athens, GA) 15. University of Texas at Austin (Austin, TX)
16. University of Mississippi (University, MS) 16. Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH)
17. Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) 17. University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
18. University of Vermont (Burlington, VT) 18. Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)
19. University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) 19. University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
20. University of Delaware (Newark, DE) 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 2012 and 2013. It’s probably no surprise that many of the top 20 have consistently stayed on the list over the past few years. These include: DePauw University (Greencastle, IN); Ohio University (Athens, OH); Penn State University (University Park, PA); University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA); University of Florida (Gainesville, FL); University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL); University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA); University of Maryland (College Park, MD); University of Wisconsin – Madison (Madison, WI); and West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV).

There are also a few that have only showed up once, and then apparently changed their ways and started buckling down and paying more attention to their studies rather than partying. These one-hit-wonders (pun intended) are: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ); James Madison University (Harrisonburg VA); Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA); Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI); Sewanee – The University of the South (Sewanee, TN); University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL); University of Colorado – Boulder (Boulder, CO); University of Maine (Orono, ME); University of Missouri (Columbia, MO); and University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN).

Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2013

Princeton Review’s
Top Party Schools for 2012

1. West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV) 1. Ohio University (Athens, OH)
2. University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA) 2. University of Georgia (Athens, GA)
3. Ohio University-Athens (Athens, OH) 3. University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS)
4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL) 4. University of Iowa (Iowa city, IA)
5. University of Georgia (Athens, GA) 5. University of California-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
6. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) 6. West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
7. University of California-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA) 7. Penn State University (University Park, PA)
8. Florida State University (Tallahasee, FL) 8. Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
9. Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH) 9. University of Florida (Gainesville, FL)
10. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY) 10. University of Texas (Austin, TX)
11. Penn State University (University Park, PA) 11. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL)
12. DePauw University (Greencastle, IN) 12. Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY)
13. University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI) 13. Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA)
14. University of Mississippi (University, MS) 14.University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI)
15. University of Texas-Austin (Austin, TX) 15. DePauw University (Greencastle, IN)
16. University of Maryland (College Park, MD) 16. Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
17. University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC) 17. Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
18. James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) 18. University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
19. University of Maine (Orono, ME) 19. University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
20. University of Tennessee (Knoxville, TN) 20. University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC)


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