Princeton Review Names Top Party Schools, Syracuse Leads

According to a survey of 130,000 students nationwide released this week by The Princeton Review, Syracuse University is the nation’s top party school.

While Syracuse University officials are not officially commenting, they did say:

“We do not aspire to be a party school,” Syracuse said in a statement citing its “long-established reputation for academic excellence with programs that are recognized nationally and internationally as the best in their fields.”

Other schools in the top five included the University of Iowa (down from No. 1 last year), the University of California – Santa Barbara, West Virginia University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The school with the least party atmosphere was Brigham Young University.

While the University at Albany has taken the top spot for party school twice in past years, the current list does not include any other school in New York State.

“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.”

Syracuse ranked fifth in last year’s survey among party schools.

The survey did not only ask about party schools.  Stanford University took the number one spot for being most lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender friendly; Yale University has the best student newspaper; Boston’s Northeastern University was ranked as having the best career services.  Colgate University features the most beautiful campus.

The happiest students are not at the top party school, but rather at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee.

The survey sampled about 343 students on each of the 379 campuses featured, asking 80 questions pertaining to their schools.

The rankings are completely based on student opinion.  The Princeton Review decides which schools fall into the “party school” category by asking students about drug and alcohol use on campus, fraternity and sorority life, and how much time is spent studying.  Those who spend little time studying but obtain high marks in the other two categories are rated as “party schools”.

The Princeton Review began in 1981 and offers test preparation and college admission services.  The service offers test preparation in the form of study aid books, tutors, and online courses designed to fit into student’s busy schedules.

They offer test preparation for all the major admissions tests, including the SAT, ACT, MCAS, LSAT and GRE.

The Review has more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the US and Canada and franchises in 14 other countries.  The company helped 3.5 million students just last year.  Located in Natick, MA, the privately held company holds no affiliation to Princeton University.