University of Georgia Tops Party-School List

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This is a victory students might celebrate — and administrators might moan about.

The University of Georgia was named the country’s top party school in a Princeton Review poll of more than 100,000 students. The Princeton Review comes out with this now-infamous poll every year, and this is the first time Georgia has taken the top spot. Colleges are ranked based on alcohol and drug use, popularity of Greek life on campus and the amount of time studying outside of class.

Georgia, which is located in the small town of Athens, has 100 bars near campus. Administrators at the school have attempted to curb drinking and calming the party-hard atmosphere, especially since a substance-related death in 2006. For his part, university spokesman Tom Jackson would prefer people pay attention to Georgia’s rank on the Princeton Review’s top-value and environmentally-friendly lists, instead.

And as for the soberest school? Brigham Young University, based in Utah, topped that list for the 13th year in a row.

The top 10 party schools, ranked (via AP):

  1. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
  2. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio
  3. Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
  4. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
  5. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi
  6. University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  7. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  8. University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
  9. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  10. DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana