Top Party Schools of 2013

By: The Party Guru

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What makes a college a certified party school? Is it an unbalanced ratio of male to female students? Is it a close proximity to the city’s nightlife options? Or is it just blind luck? While schools striving to make the grade as a certified party school may be begging to know the answer, it’s a secret of the ages that real party schools will keep close at heart. Regardless of what’s required to be labeled as a “party school”, there are some schools that just do it right. The following compilation encompasses the top party schools of 2013 as decided by the Princeton Review. If your school has made the list, take a shot of vodka in celebration. If you’re attending a sober school that hasn’t made this list, it may be time to start considering a transfer.

Below is a list of the Princeton Review’s Top 20 Party Schools. Included is the number of enrolled students, just incase you’re looking for a large party school, or something a bit smaller.

The Top Three:

  1. West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
  2.    Total Enrollment: 22,711
        This East Coast university tops the list due to an environment that supports social interactions and a heavily relaxing atmosphere.
  3. University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  4.     Total Enrollment: 21,564
        The University of Iowa puts the mid-west at the top of this list with its smaller feel, which promotes closer student cliques.
  5. Ohio University, Athens, OH
  6.    Total Enrollment: 21,655
        This Ohio-based university tops off a list that may surprise many. While Ohio, Iowa, and West Virginia may not be known for their tourism and nightlife, their state universities pick up the slack with their status at the top of the Princeton Review’s “Top Party School” list.

    The Rest:

  7. University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, IL
  8.     Total Enrollment: 32,256
  9. University of Georga, Athens, GA
  10.     Total Enrollment: 26,373
  11. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  12.     Total Enrollment: 32,598
  13. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
  14.     Total Enrollment: 18,620
  15. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  16.     Total Enrollment: 32,201
  17. Miami University, Oxford, OH
  18.     Total Enrollment: 14,936
  19. Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  20.     Total Enrollment: 14,671
  21. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
  22.     Total Enrollment: 38,954
  23. DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
  24.     Total Enrollment: 2,352
  25. University of Wisonsin, Madison, WI
  26.     Total Enrollment: 30,367
  27. University of Mississippi, University, MS
  28.     Total Enrollment: 15,346
  29. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  30.     Total Enrollment: 38,437
  31. University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  32.     Total Enrollment: 26,775
  33. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  34.     Total Enrollment: 22,556
  35. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  36.     Total Enrollment: 17,900
  37. University of Maine, Orono, ME
  38.     Total Enrollment: 8,911
  39. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  40.     Total Enrollment: 21,214

If you’re just coming out of high school or just started to prep for your college degree at the start of your senior year, this may be a good list to keep by your side. While it may not necessarily seem conventional to pick your school based on its ranking on the “Top Party School” list, these universities still provide a great education, with some schools ranking in with average GPA’s in the high 3’s.

When you go to your parents to pitch your decided school, just be sure to leave out the school’s ranking on this list. Stress the great education that you’ll receive and they won’t even know they’re sending you off to one of the Princeton Review’s ?top 20 party schools.

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