Once again, for those of you who didn’t see yesterday’s list from 20 thru 11, we decided to incorporate the findings of the most credible sources available and then after balancing all the lists together our staff weighed in and (after heated debate) managed to put together an ordered list of the top 20 party schools in all the land. If you saw the criteria for how we broke down our list yesterday, then feel free to skip ahead to the first college. If not, then read the methodology below.
Leading the way of credible sources, the Princeton Review released its annual college rankings recently for the 2014-15 school year. The Review surveys 130,000 students at 379 schools about topics that range from how good the food is to how much students reportedly consume alcohol. Other topics listed in the survey include the popularity of the Greek system, the male-to-female ratio, the aesthetic appeal of the campus, extracurricular activities, this list goes on.
Another reliable source we used was Niche Best Party Schools who also have a detailed numeric breakdown that determines the rankings of 1,196 colleges based on more than 400,000 opinions from nearly 85,000 students. A high ranking indicates that the campus has a vibrant party scene with an array of options and activities both on and off campus to participate in. In addition, students must rate their peers as being fun, outgoing, friendly, and into the party scene in order to receive a high grade.
Now these lists are by far the least subjective of all the lists as they do base their findings strictly on numbers, but they still leave something to be desired. The analyses lack a soul. So we also factored in a few other lists such as Brobible, Newsweek, Genius, and of course the always fun and reliable Playboy Magazine. Lastly, we gathered opinions from around theCHIVE office to tweak our final rankings. It is our list after all.
Long story short, we’ve taken our time and did our due diligence on putting theCHIVE’s top 20 party schools list together for you. We hope you enjoy it. So without further delay, here are the final 10-1.
Let the debates begin…