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Syracuse University ranks as No. 1 party school


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse University has claimed the title of nation's top party school.

The No. 1 ranking was revealed Monday by The Princeton Review based on a nationwide survey of 130,000 students.

Syracuse's student newspaper ranked second best among the 379 colleges surveyed, and its sports scene, rated third best, likely helped the party mood.

University officials had no immediate comment on the private university's showing in the 2015 edition of "The Best 379 Colleges." The book contains 62 top-20 lists gauging student satisfaction with professors, financial aid awards, athletic facilities, food and other factors.

Rounding out the top 5 party schools were: the University of Iowa (last year's winner), the University of California-Santa Barbara, West Virginia University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Repeating at the top of the "stone-cold sober" schools was Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Syracuse's central New York neighbor Colgate University topped the list of most beautiful campuses. The university of Chicago was found to have the best college library, and students voted Virginia Tech's dining hall offerings as the best campus food.

Other No. 1 spots: Stanford University in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly category; Elon University in North Carolina as best-run college; Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, for its dorms; and Yale University for best newspaper.

"Our purpose is not to crown one college 'best' overall or to rank these distinctive schools 1 to 379 on any single topic," said Princeton Review senior vice president Robert Franek. "We present our 62 ranking lists to give applicants the broader base of campus feedback to choose the college that's best for them."

Northeastern University in Boston took the No. 1 spot on the list of best career services. Oregon's Reed College topped the list of best professors, and the happiest students were found at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, according to the rankings.

An average of 343 students per campus were asked 80 questions about their schools and themselves during the 2013-14 and/or previous two school years. With no affiliation to Princeton University, the Natick, Massachusetts-based Princeton Review has published "The Best 379 Colleges" since 1992.

Check out the slideshow below for the top "stone-cold sober" schools:

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patriot1too August 04 2014 at 4:55 PM

Our youth has been so dumbed down by the education system due to its diversaty , politicaly correct, lets all feel good about ourselves, pandering to every immoral flavor of the week fringe group that these kids are not even qualified for military service much less a real job. Many are saggy pants sideways cap, neck tattoed, hoody wearing PC drones and victim wannabe nit wits after these schools. Typical low information obama zombies.

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kmk1072 August 04 2014 at 4:40 PM

These "party schools" also appear of lists of best National Universities (check US News and World Report); some of them are also on lists of best bargains in education (best graduation rates and starting income vs tuition cost.) Don't imagine for a minute that the kids who are smart enough to get admitted to excellent schools (party or otherwise) are introverted bookworms without social lives. On the contrary: they have to have demonstrated leadership, volunteerism, high grades and test scores, club and sports participation. Anytime you put 30,000 bright, healthy, well-adjusted 18-22 year-olds on a campus, you've got a party - but that doesn't mean that these schools aren't producing top-performing graduates. The best and the brightest also know how to have fun.

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christine kmk1072 August 05 2014 at 7:36 AM

Agreed!! Go Orange!

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customcarry1911 August 04 2014 at 4:27 PM

My, how the mighty have fallen...My alma mater, SUNY New Paltz was, 25 yrs ago the #1 sex & drug school in the U.S. Best 5yrs of my life..!

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Ban Liberal Dementia August 04 2014 at 3:50 PM

Just think how "lucky" the kids going to Stanford are... they get to be considered as the most preferential to those who have chosen debauchery and depravity as a lifestyle.... I think I'd prefer my degree be earned at an institution like ELON or Vanderbilt (which has a higher educational standard than the Ivy Leagues).

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cigarpal August 04 2014 at 3:42 PM

Article should have been titled, "Top 20 Schools Least Likely To Get An Education".

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wclark3350 cigarpal August 04 2014 at 6:23 PM

Thanks, cigarpal. I spent six years majoring in Engineering...don't remember going to many parties.

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Wm Good cigarpal August 05 2014 at 2:02 AM

I agree. I went to a small school of about 2400 and there were zero parties. In fact when you walked down the halls students would be talking to each other about class work far more than extracurricular topics. That's the difference between an academic school and a social school.

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TB August 04 2014 at 9:56 PM

These schools all take a back seat to The White House spending spree party.

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hbrim2 August 04 2014 at 3:43 PM


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Gina hbrim2 August 04 2014 at 7:01 PM

It's part of the slide show

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Gail and Rich hbrim2 August 04 2014 at 9:45 PM

Ginny, the list is of the sober schools. I, too, looked at it incorrectly at first. I don't see the list of the party schools, either.

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quincy_maxwell August 04 2014 at 4:31 PM

Dear Mom and Dad,
This week I leant to drink, gets drunk and had lots o sex.....send me mo money.

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adika3z quincy_maxwell August 05 2014 at 12:18 AM

dont ask parents.
never never.

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vladswim August 04 2014 at 4:56 PM

ASU is not included in top 20 which means that this list is invalid

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malloyphil vladswim August 04 2014 at 5:23 PM

It's not a list of colleges with the most bimbos.

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Pinot Man vladswim August 04 2014 at 6:13 PM


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Mike August 05 2014 at 5:01 AM

Northeastern is nothing but a diploma mill.

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