The Princeton Review is out with its all-important annual survey of the top U.S. colleges and universities for students who prefer an active social life. They put their award winning journalism skills to bring you U.S. Top 10 Party Schools 2014.
The rankings were based on surveys of 126,000 students, an average of 333 per campus, conducted during the 2012-13 and/or the previous two school years. The survey asked students 80 questions about academics, administration, the student body and the general lifestyle around campus.
According to the Princeton Review, the top 10 party schools in the U.S. for the coming academic year are:
1. University of Iowa.
2. University of California-Santa Barbara.
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is a public research-intensive university in the U.S. state of Illinois. A land-grant university, it is the flagship campus of the University of Illinois system. It is the second oldest public university in the state.
4. West Virginia University.
5. Syracuse University.
Syracuse University is a private research university located in Syracuse, New York, United States. Founded in 1832, SU is organized into 13 schools and colleges, with nationally recognized programs in information studies and library science, architecture, communications, business administration, sport management, public administration, engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences.
6. University of Florida, Gainesville.
The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university campus in Gainesville, Florida. Founded in 1853, The University of Florida is ranked 14th overall among all public national universities in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings, and has ranked within the top 100 universities worldwide.
7. Ohio University, Athens.
Ohio University is a U.S. public research university campus in Athens, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1804, it was the first university established in Ohio, and the ninth oldest public university in the United States.
8. University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 1848, UW– was the first public university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest public university in the state.
9. Penn State University, University Park.
The Pennsylvania State University is a public, state-related research university with campuses and facilities in Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a stated threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service.
10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
Lehigh University is an American private research university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It was established in 1865. As of 2012, the university comprises 4,883 undergraduate students and 2,187 graduate students. It is ranked 12th in the nation, according to The Wall Street Journal, in college return on investment (ROI).