Princeton Review's 2017-18 "Best Colleges" book declared Tulane University in New Orleans the No. 1 party school in the U.S.
“We know applicants need far more than an academic rating or ranking to find the college that will be best for them,” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the book’s lead author, said in a statement. “We created our 62 ranking lists to help narrow that search. They are based entirely on data we gather beyond academics that gives insight into what the school’s enrolled students say about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and student life. In the end, it’s all about the fit.”
Tulane has made regular appearances on Princeton Review's top party school lists over the years but this is only the second time the school has taken the No. 1spot. Tulane took top honors as the top party school the first year Princeton Review started the annual rankings list back in 1992.
“People are definitely partiers. If you’re not going out at least twice a week you’re in the minority,” reads a student quote from the 2018 edition. “Intelligence is well respected. What do we do for fun? We party. But we don’t just get drunk. We party with a purpose.”
Here's Princeton Review's ranking of the top 20 party schools:
1. Tulane University
2. West Virginia University
3. Bucknell University
4. Syracuse University
5. University of Wisconsin-Madison
6. University of Delaware
7. University of Colorado-Boulder
8. Colgate University
9. Lehigh University
10. University of Maine
11. University of Iowa
12. University of California, Santa Barbara
13. University of Mississippi
14. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
15. University of Vermont
16. University of Rhode Island
17. University of Florida
18. Wake Forest University
19. University of Kansas
20. University of Alabama.
The rankings are based on an 80-question survey given to 137,000 students on various elements of campus life. Other Princeton Review ranking categories include "Most Accessible Professors," "Best College Dorms" and"Best Campus Food."
Tulane also took the No. 1 spot on the list of schools that are "Most Engaged in Community Service"