Colorado top party school

Small and large schools on list; BYU most 'stone-cold sober'

Aug 19, 2003 - The University of Colorado in Boulder has climbed to No. 1 in the Princeton Review rankings of top party schools.


The latest Princeton Review's "Best 351 Colleges" is based on 70-question surveys completed by more than 100,000 students at various campuses. The review, which is not related to Princeton University, has been conducting the surveys since 1992.

The other top 10 party schools were:
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Indiana University, Bloomington
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
- Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.
- University of Texas-Austin
- The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.
- DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.
- Saint Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y.
- University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

Brigham Young University was the top "stone-cold sober" school in the 2004 survey and Army's military academy at West Point, N.Y., was the hardest to get into.

The "party school" category is based on survey questions focusing on the amount of alcohol and drug consumption, the amount of time students spend - or don't spend - studying, and the popularity of fraternities and sororities.

Colorado officials questioned the latest report, saying it was based on subjective factors and rankings. The university was eighth in the rankings last year.

"If they want to study hard and play hard, they will get a great degree, but if they come here just to play hard, they won't be here long," said Ron Stump, vice chancellor for student affairs. "(The university) provides a wonderful opportunity for education and a wonderful opportunity for off-campus social and recreational opportunities."