Syracuse named nation's top party school

University officials had little to say about the ranking, revealed Monday by The Princeton Review. BYU retained its title as the top sober school.

By MSN Money Partner Aug 4, 2014 2:05PM
Image: Student in dorm room © Digital Vision Ltd./SuperStockBy Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press

Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.

The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review based on a nationwide survey of 130,000 students.

Syracuse's student newspaper ranked second best among the 379 colleges surveyed, and its sports scene, rated third best, likely helped the party mood.

University officials had no immediate comment on the private university's showing in the 2015 edition of "The Best 379 Colleges." The book contains 62 top-20 lists gauging student satisfaction with professors, financial aid awards, athletic facilities, food and other factors.

Rounding out the top 5 party schools were: the University of Iowa (last year's winner), the University of California-Santa Barbara, West Virginia University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Repeating at the top of the "stone-cold sober" schools was Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Syracuse's central New York neighbor Colgate University topped the list of most beautiful campuses. The university of Chicago was found to have the best college library, and students voted Virginia Tech's dining hall offerings as the best campus food.

Other No. 1 spots: Stanford University in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly category; Elon University in North Carolina as best-run college; Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for its dorms; and Yale University for best newspaper.

"Our purpose is not to crown one college 'best' overall or to rank these distinctive schools 1 to 379 on any single topic," said Princeton Review senior vice president Robert Franek. "We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that’s best for them."

Northeastern University in Boston took the No. 1 spot on the list of best career services. Oregon's Reed College topped the list of best professors, and the happiest students were found at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, according to the rankings.

An average of 343 students per campus were asked 80 questions about their schools and themselves during the 2013-14 and/or previous two school years. With no affiliation to Princeton University, the Natick, Massachusetts-based Princeton Review has published "The Best 379 Colleges" since 1992.

The Princeton Review's 2015 "The Best 379 Colleges," released Monday, contains a list of the Top 20 party schools and the Top 20 sober schools.

1.Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
2.University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
3.University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
4.West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
5.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
6.Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
7.Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
8.University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
9.Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
10.University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
11.Miami University (Ohio), Oxford, Ohio
12.Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
13.Ohio University-Athens, Athens, Ohio
14.DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
15.University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
16.University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi
17.Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
18.University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont
19.University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
20.University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

1.Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
2.Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois
3.U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
4.Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan
5.Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California
6.College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri
7.Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts
8.Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
9.U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut  
10.City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York
11.City University of New York-City College, New York, New York
12.Wesleyan College (Georgia), Macon, Georgia
13.U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
14.Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts
15.City University of New York-Queens College, Flushing, New York
16.Mills College, Oakland, California
17.St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
18.University of Houston, Houston, Texas
19.Nazareth College, Rochester, New York
20.University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

Aug 4, 2014 8:10PM
" Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."

-Dean Vernon Wormer,  Animal House
Aug 4, 2014 4:14PM
No problem with it, as long as no one is paying for their 'education' but themselves. 
Aug 4, 2014 4:47PM
well, so much for the future of the country......
Aug 4, 2014 4:39PM

Washington State University is not on the party list because they don't rank professionals with amateurs.

Aug 4, 2014 4:44PM
Don't believe everything you read.

There is somewhere around 18 million people enrolled in college that means that less then 1/10th of a percent of the college population participated in this poll.

Not a very good judge of anything with that small of a percentage.

Aug 4, 2014 5:11PM

So what they are saying is the easy girls go to Syracuse U but the ones you want to marry and have a family with go to BYU?

I can live with that...........................

Aug 4, 2014 4:24PM

I demand a recount...I had 3 of my best friends from high school who went ot the University of Houston and they were anything BUT sober at that place!!!

Denver and Washington will probably be at the top of the list next year.
Aug 4, 2014 6:07PM
One time, at Syracuse University...
Aug 4, 2014 5:12PM
I love all the negative comments. It doesn't mean they party everyday. College is a time to be young, learn, party, grow, relationships. Just because the school is branded as a Party School, doesn't necessarily mean it's Animal House 24/7. 
Aug 4, 2014 6:38PM
The last time BYU wasn't the top sober school were the years that Jim McMahon was down there ...Dude showed up at Halas Hall to sign his contract after he was drafted and got out of the Limo with a beer and Ditka said that is my Quarterback
Aug 4, 2014 6:58PM
Our kids are better off attending Community Colleges.
Aug 4, 2014 8:09PM
went to Nam and received a degree in life
Aug 4, 2014 4:44PM
Great - now all the schools that didn't make the list or didn't make #1 will be trying to either up their ranking or just make it on the list. I'm really surprised Wazzu wasn't even on the list!
Aug 4, 2014 5:07PM
You want sober...try Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland. 
Aug 4, 2014 5:13PM
Aug 4, 2014 4:51PM
I can't believe Ohio University in Athens fell out of the top 10. 
Aug 5, 2014 12:28AM

Whats wrong with the Majority of these supposed college grads today, you should have to deal with them in the Real Working World, their Naïve & Clueless !! Yet they have a piece of paper that claim their smart and educated so that makes everything ok, supposedly, yet they don't know anything.

Just watch Jimmy Kimball Live street interviews or Jay Leno's Jay walking interviews, tells the story right there - Clueless !!

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