Here is the America's Best Online list of the best party colleges and universities. Each year the Princeton Review and Playboy Magazine publish their list of the top 10 party schools. This ABO list is a compilation of those lists and others over the past decade or so. While the top ten will change each year, if you review the entire list of 25 schools they usually rotate spots. A party school is almost always a party school, however we have seen schools with Greek Systems that are on campus have crackdowns on partying and that can move a school out of the top 25.
What does it take to make the list? A party school is quite obviously a school with an atmosphere and collegiate culture that encourages alcohol and drug use by its students. The schools don't promote this atmosphere but once it starts it is hard to stop.
Top 10 Party School List
1. University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
2. Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) - University Park, PA
3. University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) - Oxford, MS
4. University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
5. Ohio University - Athens, OH
6. University of Colorado - Boulder, CO
7. Arizona State University - Tempe, AZ
8. University of Georgia - Athens, GA
9. University of Texas at Austin, TX
10. University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), CA
Honorable Mention Party College List
11. Florida State University - Tallahassee, FL
12. University of New Hampshire - Durham, NH
13. University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA
14. Loyola University New Orleans - New Orleans, LA
15. Indiana University - Bloomington, IN
16. Tulane University - New Orleans, LA
17. University of Illinois - Champaign, IL
18. University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
19. University of Tennessee - Knoxville, TN
20. The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, AL
21. East Carolina University - Greenville North Carolina
22. Randolph-Macon College - Ashland, VA
23. Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, LA
24. West Virginia University - Morgantown, WV
25. Depauw University - Greencastle, IN
25. Michigan State University - East Lancing, MI
Best Tailgate Party
Georgia-Florida. It's not called "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party"
for nothing. And yes, we still refer to this game by its unofficial nickname.
Best Bowl Game
Sugar Bowl. It's in New Orleans the biggest party town in the USA.
USC Song Leaders - Forget the gymnastics. How do they look in a sweater?
This listing of the Top 25 College Party Schools is constantly being revised as we experience and party with more college students. So, if you feel we are missing one, please email us and let us know!