Party Time

It’s that time of the year again; in anticipation of the horde of freshman coming on calling campus in less than a month, the Princeton Review has just released its list of top party schools for 2012. The winners are:

1. Ohio University
2. University of Georgia
3. University of Mississippi
4. University of Iowa
5. University of California-Santa Barbara
6. West Virginia University
7. Pennsylvania State University
8. Florida State University
9. University of Florida
10. The University of Texas at Austin

As I’ve pointed out before, the Princeton Review survey is done by a corporation (“based on a combination of survey questions concerning the use of alcohol and drugs, hours of study each day, and the popularity of the Greek system”) rather than any real trusted expert in fun and thus doesn’t really count.

I’ll continue to believe only the real authority here, Playboy, which has ranked schools occasionally since 1987. The Playboy list won’t come out until May. Until then, the top party schools remain

1. University of Colorado at Boulder
2. Pennsylvania State University
3. Arizona State University
4. University of Western Ontario
5. University of Texas at Austin
6. University of Wisconsin
7. University of Georgia
8. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
9. University of Central Florida
10. University of California, Santa Barbara

There’s a lot of overlap here, I suppose, but still. Sorry, Mississippi, you’re not really a party school.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer