The 50 Best Party Schools In the U.S., Ranked and Reviewed (#50 – 26)
50. Miami University of Ohio – Oxford, Ohio
BroBible Party School Index Score: 44.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Green Beer Day, Zeta Tau Alpha's drunken formal at the zoo, Pi Beta Phi's puky, poopy formal, and Alpha Xi Delta trashing the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. (Which was terrible, for the record — Ed.)
“To understand why Miami goes so hard, you need to understand the type of people that go here. If you went on College Confidential (or similar websites) it might say you can find tons of different types of people at Miami. That's bullshit, you can't, they don't exist (fine, maybe they do, but you don't see them, ever). Miami students are rich, conservative, well-dressed, and love to rage. If you have an affinity for golf, Brooks Brothers, Bean boots, fleeces, throwback jerseys, alcohol, and hot girls, you will love it here. If you honestly care about more important things than that, you probably shouldn't come here. It's an extremely one-dimensional experience (though REALLY fun).
Sure, Farmer is a really good business school, and kids work really hard. But the difference is, the success of most kids' lives are not depending on how well they do in college. If you blow off studying to rage your face off it's not a big deal. I have more friends whose parents own companies than don't. This obviously leads to perpetually irresponsible binges.
In high school many kids got great test scores, mediocre GPA's, played varsity sports, and partied really hard. Miami is truly an extension of that.
The town of Oxford is designed around partying. Bordering campus are deep grids of tree-lined streets, exclusively housing Miami students. Many homes have signs on them and are “controlled” by Greek organizations as there annex houses. Each has six of seven annex houses. The best sorority is determined by hotness, the best fraternity is determined by who the hottest sorority parties with. Annex houses are everything. The better the house, the better the parties, the more girls, the better reputation. If you lose a good house and pick up a bad one (ex. bad location, no balconies, bad living room, no backyard), it can kill your rep.
Some kids go out six days (concerts/dueling piano man/karaoke/90s night (all at brick)), but most just go out Thurs-Sat. Parties start between 8-9:30 and go until midnight which is when everyone leaves and goes to the bars, and then late nights of course. There is a street going through Uptown with great shops/restaurants (go to sushi nara for sake bombs and la pinata for the dirty pinata), there are also about 10 bars.
On Fridays and Saturdays the bars are packed by noon (for beat the clock and broken clock). During the fall and spring there are outdoor day parties. If you were to walk down a mile long street you would see at least 15, spilling out into the street or in the backyard. There are usually 75-200 people at day parties. Six until ten on Saturday is usually nap time.
To really understand how hard Miami goes though, you have to come to syllabus week. Once you wait in line at bagel and deli for over an hour at 2:30am on a Tuesday morning you'll get it. There are thousands of students out, stumbling around. It's as packed as a music festival. It can be quite a shock to a Freshman's system.”
“But honestly who doesn't love a campus wide “holiday” that celebrates green beer, drinking for 24 hours straight and a big middle finger to the administration?
The entire campus walks up at 2 AM on the Thursday before Spring Break to go to frat houses and drink green beer and eat scrambled eggs. The only break you have from drinking from 2AM Thursday to 2 AM Friday is your rally naps. No classes. Fuck classes, green beer is more important.
And not only is Miami the best because of Green Beer Day but also because most of our bars are 18 and up. As well as well have you seen the people who go to Miami? Not only are they going to go places in the world and make lots of money, just like their parents but “Beautiful People” should be our theme song. Have you ever seen so many hot guys and girls in the middle of nowhere? No matter who you end up with in your bed you won't wake up in the morning with any regrets.
And last but certainly not least – Home of the Frat.”
“J. Crew U is a 'a work hard, play hard school,' where the fraternity and bar scenes are both awesome, as well as a ton of house parties. Students here put their grades first, but still know how to let their hair down. Greek life is a big part of the scene, as Oxford is know as The Mother of Fraternities for giving rise to Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi, along with Delta Zeta and Phi Kappa Tau.”
49. SUNY Buffalo – Buffalo, New York
BroBible Party School Score: 45.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2003)
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: St. Patties Day, Fall Fest, Spring Fest
“4 a.m. bar closings, rage at the crib on either side of that. Unless you wanna go try your hand with questionable randos at the Downtown Club Scene. Whatever, Buffalonians know.
“For starters, we are located in New York State, the best state hands down. Toronto is about an hour and a half away. 4 a.m. bars, nuff said. And we have a proper winter around here, which tends to keep most of the 'cretons' indoors, while us wiley types get the run of the town. But hey, what is this a sociology paper? Solid music and srt scene around as well.”
“Greek Life is a pretty small percentage of the overall student body at UB, but it's still there. The biggest scene is with the non-sanctioned off-campus fraternities, who easily rage the hardest. Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Sigma, and Phi Delta Theta are all unrecognized and underground (made up of lots of brothers from Long Island), but rage hard. Like most colleges, there are quite a few pretty good house parties during rush at the beginning of the semster, but while they’re pledging there are a lot fewer of them. Everyone hits up the bars near South Campus, especially Northside (which is notoriously packed with freshmen), The Steer, Mojos, and Third Base. Basically some weekends are awesome and others consist of drinking in the dorms, which can be fun too.”
48. Texas Christian University – Ft. Worth, Texas
BroBible Party School Score: 46
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2009), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football School Factor.
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Scene
“TCU is about 40% Greek, which drives the social scene.The local bars are dirty and also filled with frat stars. It's a preppy Texas school, so if you're a lazy bastard, poor, and for some reason hate football, TCU would be a shitty place to go. Our girls are some of the hottest in Texas, so you definitely have to be a frat star gentleman to get laid.”
47. Plymouth State University – Plymouth, New Hampshire
BroBible Party School Score: 47
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2011, 2010, 1987), Newsweek Party School (2011)
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Spring Fling
“Playboy had us at 9 in 2010 for a reason, we ski, we smoke, and we party. Plymouth State is also known as Party State to some. We go harder then anyone else in New Hampshire, and anyone in New England.”
“Playboy called PSU 'Chock full of phys-ed majors and future nail pounders' in its very first party school issue. Only 5% of the student body makes up Greek life, so it's not really a big thing. However, there's a healthy mix of Bros and stoner chicks looking to drink, party, and hook-up.”
46. New York University – New York City, New York
BroBible Party School Score: 47.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2003, 2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: New York City
“NYU is sort of an underground party school. There are even the rare frat/house parties (so fun), and of course the endless bars and clubs, with Still Bar being (one of many) an NYU favorite.” via.
“People who absolutely love NYU fit into a few categories. They LOVE NYC and urban living, hate everything about the typical college experience (frats, quads, sports, nature, etc), are in Stern/Tisch, want to get ahead with internships and other opportunities presented in NYC, are extremely outgoing and can make friends in the often isolating & hostile social environment, are incredibly, incredibly independent, usually like fashion, and don't mind jumping into a social scene that is entirely motivated by money (clubs, bars, hookah, etc takes major cash people…kids on average probably spend over $130/weekend).” via.
“Not for someone looking for a 'true college experience' and school spirit, but it depends on what you want in life. NYU is far from the typical college party school, but that doesn't mean it's not social. The Greatest City in the World is your playground. Hot chicks everywhere.”
45. Lehigh University – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
BroBible Party School Score: 50
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2007, 2006, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2009, 2002).
Notable Campus-wide Parties: The Rivalry (Lehigh-Lafayette Football Game).
“Frat, frat, frat. Lehigh frats harder than most. It's all about going Greek and partying on The Hill.”
“The Lehigh and Lafayette football teams met in Easton, Pa., on Lafayette's campus for one of the oldest-standing college football rivalries' 146th meeting. Could I tell you who won the game or what the records were coming into the game? Not a chance. We headed down after catching word that it was one of the best tailgates around. Students and alumni from both schools packed March Field with a few objectives: to get f*cked up, hook up, listen to Electronica Oasis, and to not go to the game.” via.
44. University of Oregon – Eugene, Oregon
BroBible Party School Score: 52
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2005), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Weekends
“There's only like three bars in Eugene that students go to, but Oregon's party scene is all about football, a lot of hot girls, and a lot of people who like trees. Everyone is pretty chill.”
43. University of Delaware – Newark, Delaware
BroBible Party School Score: 55.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Newsweek Party School (2011), BroBible Editorial Selection
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Warm-weather day drinking, St. Patrick's Day
“You need a 3.5 to get into UDel, so most of the kids there are real smart, we all see on eye-level intellectually so there are never any fights or problems with parties getting broken up. Delaware students work every day to better themselves, but know life isn’t complete without a good time. Every Saturday — at least when the weathers nice — you can expect to wake up to bass of a nearby day drink. Delaware is in a college town, and everything the University has to offer is in walking distance, this allows us to get as hammered as we like without worrying about transportation. Most upper classmen live in off-campus houses, so they can literally throw massive parties with no rules (exception to UDPD). Parties are thrown every night, but the good ones are usually Thurs-Sun. Sunday Fundays are thrown by athletes who aren’t allowed to party on weeknights. I don’t know why, but our girls are extremely hot, all our sororities are packed with models and dancers. We are real close to big cities, so there’s always a nearby concert or game that we rent buses (to pregame on) and to go to. Every night a different main street bar has an event: Tuesday, Kildare’s karaoke; Thursdays, Rooney’s/Kate’s; Fridays, Timbo’s, ect. The school is fucking awesome. Sucks if you couldn’t get in.”
“UDel hits a solid trifecta of sweet sports programs, frat life, and plentiful hot chicks from Jersey, Long Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the D.C. 'burbs. Newark's bar scene on Main Street is booze-friendly, too, with Grotto, Catherine Rooney’s, Deer Park, and Kildare’s all within walking distance of campus and most student housing. Only thing that sucks is the 1 am closing time.”
42. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan
BroBible Party School Score: 58
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2003), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Pregames, Welcome Week, Greenwood, Block Party, Mud Bowl, Hash Bash
“Not just limited just to frats, though there's plenty of those. Skeeps is legendary on Thursdays and Saturdays and Rick’s American Cafe is where everyone goes on Friday nights looking to hook-up after pre-gaming. Watch the Pregaming with Pat videos for how hard we go during football season.”
“My favorite spot in Ann Arbor isn't the view from a frat house roof on a Football Saturday chanting “can't read, can't write” to future McDonald's employees (talking to you MSU), nor is it sitting on top of the Union on Thursday nights shotgunning beers while watching freshman flit betwen frat houses on Hill Street like horny moths to a dick flame. My favorite spot is the corner of South University and Church, where you can simultaneously view four of the best, and cheapest, bars on campus: Rick's American Cafe, Good Time Charley's, The Brown Jug, and The Blue Leprechaun. You might even see a dude dressed as a werewolf playing the violin who looks more like Gerard Butler after a shark bowl and a couple drunk texts. Two of these four bars have basement levels that promise SoCo lime shots on special and stairs you will only ever remember going down. Welcome to a college town where girls can wear heels all night, without having to take a campus bus from their sorority house to the bar, and back to your house. Bar scene not your thing? Worry not, ugly girls and guys, who wear all-white New Balance sneakers and cargo pants—besides being known for producing leaders, Michigan students are known for their open parties, darties, pregames and late nights. You can walk into any house during Winterfest, Mud Bowl, Greenwood Block Party, Nightmare on Elm Street, or any given Tuesday night and drink for free. Won't see any geeds walking around with a backpacks full of red solo cups and five dollar bills here. You might have to drink out of a some tupperware or a construction hat but we will get you drunk, and probably laid, all on top of making it to the Final Four.” via.
41. DePauw University – Greencastle, Indiana
BroBible Party School Score: 59
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2004), Newsweek Party School (2012)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Monon Bell Weekend, Little 500
“Greek life is synonymous with your social life at DePauw. The school is like 75% Greek, so all the party action happens in the fraternity houses. We're also home to a smaller version of IU's Little 500.”
41. Washington State University – Pullman, Washington
BroBible Party School Score: 59
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2009, 2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Life, The Dunes
“A.K.A.: Wasted State University. There is nothing to do in Pullman besides drink, which is why the Cougs are one of the best schools to rage your face off in the Northwest. Easily the fratiest public school in this part of the country.”
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40. Michigan State University – East Lansing, Michigan
BroBible Party School Score: 59.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2011, 2003), Playboy Party School (2009, 2002), Basketball Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Welcome Weekend, Halloween, Cedarfest, Nachofest, St. Patrick's Day
Testimonial #1, via @MSUPartyStories:
“Reality trumps the dream.”
“It's like spring break all year long.”
“Making Spartans proud and Wolverines jealous.”
Testimonial #2, via @MSUPartyStories:
“No matter which frat at Michigan State you go to on a weekend, you're probably going to have a good time. Each frat brings a different element of party atmosphere to MSU and always lets you mix up your nights. For all you guys, the frats are usually filled with good-looking sorority girls and for all you girls, free drinks all night. The bars you'll go to are Rick's, where everyone eventually ends up, Harper's, with great drink specials and a large variety of beers, and Dublin Square to pregame.”
Testimonial #2, via @MSUPartyStories:
“1. St. Patrick's Day (St. Sparty's Day): Everyone goes extra hard from sunrise to sunrise. Being a green and white school, St. Patty's Day is just another reason for MSU students to represent their colors proud, while also living up the best party day of the year. Rain or shine, Spartans always make sure St. Patrick?s Day is one to remember (or not).
2. Halloween: Nothing is better than seeing great looking MSU girls dressing up in their costumes. No matter what day this holiday falls, it typically turns into “Halloweekend” where there is multiple days to dress up and show some spirit. The nights are alive with people all over East Lansing embracing the atmosphere.
3. Welcome Weekend: The summer is over and school is starting back up. What better way to celebrate seeing all your old and new friends then having parties all week leading up to the first day of school. It gives the freshman a taste of what is to come of their years as a Spartan and also lets the upperclassmen appreciate the good times without the stress of school. In addition, this kicks off the start of football tailgate season, which is one of the biggest highlights of every fall semester.”
39. Rutgers University – New Brunswick, New Jersey
BroBible Party School Score: 60
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Newsweek Party School (2011)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Rutgersfest (RIP)
“You cannot rattle off a list of the top party schools without including the 'Dirty Jerz' representer, aka Rutgers University. Known for for their world-famous Grease Trucks and legendary “Rutgersfest” all day drinking events, it's hard to compete with RU. There is an entire 10-block street solely dedicated to all the bars you'll black out in, and the restaurants where you'll be eating your late night munchies. But beyond that are the infamous Rutgers house parties. With themed parties for most of the week like 'Turbo Tuesday' and 'Thirsty Thursday', it's hard to find a day when this state school is NOT partying. And no matter how you look at it, the multitudes of hot Jersey girls is a serious plus, even if they might tend to be a bit trashy. After all, they're the ones that stuck around the Jerz instead of going to UDel or Penn State. It's nothing that you'll care about after your fifth keg stand as you head to the Grease Trucks for a Fat Bitch.
It's the name of a sandwich, I swear.”
38. East Carolina University – Greenville, North Carolina
BroBible Party School Score: 60.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2010, 2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturday Tailgates
“The majority of people here don't care about academics, and party Wednesday-Saturday.” via
“East Carolina parties like a pirate. We relish the opportunity to frequent frat parties, imbibe insanely cheap drink specials on Fifth Street, play Sunday Funday games in a back yard, and participate in the Holy Grail– tailgating for a home football game in a sea of purple haze.”
“Drinking is our best sport.”
37. Colgate University – Hamilton, New York
BroBible Party School Score: 61.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2002), Newsweek Party School (2012)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Spring Party Weekend
“Greek Life hovers between 30-40%, so it's a big deal if you want to have fun and have half a chance with the hottest girls on campus. Easily the preppiest college in New York. Sperrys and salmon colored shorts everywhere. Avicii was here last year for Spring Party Weekend.”
37. University of Connecticut – Storrs, Connecticut
BroBible Party School Score: 61.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2002, 1987), Basketball School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Spring Weekend
“There's at least 3 different party scenes here. There's a huge variety. There's always something at the barely-off-campus Carriage apartments, frat parties in Husky Village, and totally off campus parties that provide you with sober rides.” via
“Most people at this campus are party-freaks. They will talk about partying throughout classes and wait the entire week just for the weekends to party hard. That's great, but I feel like most people think of nothing else to do here. In fact you'll find that a few people only have that one thing to do, and their Christmas is actually Spring Weekend (which is coming back this year after being shut down the last two years), which is basically a giant series of parties coming shortly before finals in the Spring semester. A couple people get arrested, most people get drunk and dance in circles surrounded by hoards of other people (many come from out of campus).” via
“If you are a guy and you are not in frat, it can be hard to find a decent party. Frat parties can actually be filled with “too many girls” (Is that a thing?). Girls have been known to leave parties because they lack enough Bros. This is not to say there aren't other parties, but it will cost you 5 bucks and it may or may not be filled with tons of dudes. Some Club Sport teams also throw some pretty fun parties after games and matches. Parties off campus can be a blast. Most of them turn into basement style dance parties along with some day drinking yard parties. There is a street called Hunting Lodge road located near Campus where a lot of the parties occur. In the winter, the party scene is pretty dead. Anyone who is 21 just heads to the bar in Storrs instead of searching for a party in the cold.
“I will say this, though: The presence of police has increased in the past few years, making it hard for some of the better parties of the year to continue. UConn has a tradition of Spring Weekend which is usually the best weekend on campus. In previous years, it has been basically shut down. This year, the school has acknowledged that Spring Weekend will be allowed to commence. I would assume with a heavy police presence to calm the flash mobs and rampant partying of previous Spring Weekends.”
36. University of Maryland – College Park, Maryland
BroBible Party School Score: 63
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006), Newsweek Party School (2012, 2011), Playboy Party School (2009), Basketball School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: N/A
“In February of 2004, I found out I had been accepted to The University of Maryland with a 3.6 GPA and a 1290 SAT score (back when the SATs were out of 1600). I was so beyond stoked. Maryland was my first choice school mainly for their journalism program, one of the best in the country. Second for sports. Sure, UMD has had it's down years, but there is no denying that a game against Duke (in any sport) brings out the most passionate of Terps fans. I partied with the men's lacrosse team a lot because I was their manager, and it kept my social life insanely active. If there weren't off campus parties at any of the lax houses any night of the week, one of the 21 or so frats and their satellite houses would definitely be brewing something fun.
“UMD's got the best balance of Greek life and athletics, of a big feel state school and a close knit social circle. College Park has its pitfalls as a town, but there is no where I would rather do a Sunday Funday than Bentley's or Cornerstone. To this day, they are usually my first stops when I had back for alumni events. They're a staple of Route 1 and rightfully so. Every night of the week they've got a good crowd that'll help de-stress you after a shitty final or a tough paper. Weather gets nice early down in Maryland and the campus is awesome for that. McKeldin Mall is a sick masterpiece and you will find all walks of life of the student body chilling out, reading, dickin' around with a football or tanning. If you get bored of campus or College Park, it's awesome to have the option of hopping on the metro and heading to DC or heading up to Baltimore to grab a Ravens or O's game. Unlike a lot of other state schools, Maryland isn't parked in bumblefuck of the state, it's situated right between the two big cities on I-95. Maryland is easily one of the best state schools because of the combination of its reputable academics (graduate with a degree from The Robert H. Smith School of Business and you're set for life, just ask Vikas Mohindra), its great sports programs (watching a basketball game at Comcast Center is like religion) and its party school atmosphere right next to big city opportunities.
“Unlike other ACC schools like UVa, UNC and Duke, it's not a preptastic fight to the death over who has the best Bieber bangs and Vineyard Vines shorts. At UMD, it's all about who can party the hardest and still get up and get an A on their Econ final the next morning. Terps value hard work and even harder play.”
35. James Madison University – Harrisonburg, Virginia
BroBible Party School Score: 63.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013), Playboy Party School (2009, 2002), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Block Party
“Unlike many other schools, JMU is an undisputed heavyweight champion when it comes to apartment and townhouse parties. The bar party scene at JMU leaves quite a bit to be desired but the house and frat parties (who doesn't love a good kegger?) more than make up for the lack of bars and clubs in Harrisonburg. The girls are always down to get f*cked up and since beer is free at every JMU party getting maliciously smashed isn't a problem. When it comes to the parties, there are usually more girls than guys most of the time, so for real bros it's not “if” you'll get laid that night, but “which one?” Each year, Jimmy Madison puts on his drinking cap and throws a little blackout festival known as the “block party” (pictured below). This party generally winds up being a complete bloodbath and often time law enforcement gets involved. Guys and gals alike spend the entire day pouring booze down their gullets and playing cornhole and other various drinking games all with a similar late-night goal in mind: swap bodily fluids.”
34. University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
BroBible Party School Score: 65.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Basketball School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Halloween, Carolina Cup
“UNC parties like Dad's money is never going to run out. Typically parties will come in four-day benders, broken up by much-needed breaks. Franklin Street is where it's at, especially on Halloween. Also, 41 percent male and 59 percent female breakdown.”
“Every year many UNC Bros in frats pack up and head across the state line for the Carolina Cup, which is one of the best day drinking events in the country. It's one of our greatest traditions.”
33. University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Massachusetts
BroBible Party School Score: 69
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2007, 2006, 2005)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Blarney Blowout
“So does UMass live up to it’s nickname ZooMass? Short answer: Hell yes. Avicii doesn’t come perform at just any college. Neither does Deadmau5 or Tiesto, for that matter. But that’s exactly the kind of stuff that’s going down at UMass Amherst. Granted, getting into UMass is tougher then it’s ever been, and the students here aren’t slackers by any means.
“At the same time, this place goes hard. Weekends typically start Thursday night, but best believe there are tons of students hitting up bars every day of the week. UMass has a Greek system, but it’s pretty lackluster, so the parties here are typically held on off- campus houses. You could easily go to five or six quality parties on a Saturday night if you were feeling like a champion. And then there are some straight up huge outdoor parties that can easily host a thousand people. For the of-age students there’s a bumping bar scene that knows few rivals (there’s a reason Amherst is known as America’s best college town). Then UMass has staple parties, like the legendary Blarney Blowout. Held on a Saturday close to St. Patty’s day, local bars sponsor a day of early morning drinking that lasts well into the night. Our legendary Ski and Board club throws huge events, like an outdoor half-pipe and an annual ski trip Montreal, where honestly, maybe like half the people actually come to Ski. Everyone else just comes to get wasted. And yeah, it’s true that UMass is located near four other colleges. But you won’t find UMass students going to other colleges to party. There’s no reason to. What you will find is people from the other colleges hitting up UMass for the weekend, because basically UMass parties are legendary parties and the whole area knows it.”
“Blarney Blowout is an event we hold for St. Patricks day the weekend before since we are on Spring Break the actual day of. Some kid came in clutch and filmed this with his go-pro. Everybody wakes up real early, and no time is wasted. People immediately start drinking be it in their dorms, at apartments, or various other places. After liquoring up everybody heads down to the townhouses where more drinking ensues. The mass gathering takes place in the quad of the townhouses where girls become total sluts, bottles and cans are hurled into the air, ambulances make frequent visits, and everybody lets out their inner Irish. This massive day party concludes at about 5, to where you then proceed to go back to wherever you had originally come for and start drinking more to prepare for the parties at night. It's basically like the Tour de France for your liver.”
32. University of Virginia – Charlottesville, Virginia
BroBible Party School Score: 74.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2012, 1987), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Greek Life, Foxfield Races
“The University of Virginia’s Foxfields is a horserace, but it’s more of a place where people urinate like racehorses. It is also one of the pinnacles of collegiate excellence. Collegiate excellence is directly proportional the number of croakie wearers shouting “I don’t give a f*ck” in a given place. The more croakie-wearers shouting to nobody in particular, the more collegiately excellent. There is no question that Foxfields is a must for any college or post-collegiate bro. Here's a list of reasons why.”
31. University of Oklahoma
BroBible Party School Score: 75
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Football School Factor
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Life Date Parties, Pansy Pile
To mix things up, let's spin a negative into a positive. One angsty, angry art student hates OU for all the reasons BroBible kinda loves it:
“This school is too concerned about athletics. All the money seems to go to football and building new facilities for them (uh, yeah… they went 10-3 last year). The art school suffers from asbestos problems. no one is fixing that (… sucks T. Boone PIckens went to your instate rival).
“If you are wanting to be in a sorority or fraternity and lose your individuality, this is the school for you (… biggest geed argument ever). It seems not many people are here to learn, it's just about parties, tanning, and the next date party (…all fun things. Why must you hate fun?). Everyone seems to be be PSYCHO CHRISTIAN bible-beaters here too. It's crazy. There are pastors who come to campus and yell at kids or have pictures of dead babies for anti-abortion rallies (… doesn't that happen at every big public university?). Everyone says they love 'JESUS!' and then goes and gets drunk after church on Thursday nights (…they're just taking the water-to-wine thing as seriously as they should). But seriously, people who aren't into the whole FAKE thing should not go here, because that sums up this school. Teachers who don't teach (…hooray easy classes!), people who have bleached hair and teeth (…hooray people who care about their looks!), and have lots of money in the family (… is there something wrong with that?).”
30. University of Kansas
BroBible Party School Score: 79
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2002), Basketball School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays
“Rock Chalk Jayhawk! Welcome to lovely Lawrence, KS, nestled comfortably into the heart of the Midwest and located equidistant from Dallas, Chicago, Denver, and the Twin Cities. This alone manifests itself in KU’s unique combination of academics and a never-ending supply of bars and house parties available to students. Weekends start every Wednesday night with Dollar Night at the Hawk, and end Monday morning at the start of your first class–we allow ourselves a solid 48 hours of recovery time. The Holy Trinity of frat bars–The Hawk, Wagon Wheel, and Bullwinkle's–often draw you in with free keg day drinking and keep you around with a plethora of cheap well drinks. Wheel pizza and drunk freshman fights are worth sticking around for while waiting for sober rides.
Massachusetts Street is brimming with nightlife and enticing drink specials at places like Quinton's, Jazzhaus, Tonic, and Louise’s. Despite our football team being THE atrocious representation of the Big XII, tailgates compensate more than enough. Saturdays start prior to 8am, loaded with various stimulants and superfluous amounts of beer drinking–ie paint sticking (if don't know what it is, look it up)–and whiskey pulls. Basketball is the religion in these parts and Allen Fieldhouse is our cathedral. Teeing up a game there is something every sports fan should experience. Last, but certainly not least, any visit to Lawrence is not complete without a trip to the world famous Outhouse (it's a titty bar). Seriously, this place is where dreams go to die and nothing could be more beautifully tragic.
Also, we have @KUboobs.”
“I must say that Lawrence is an amazing college town. A complete oasis in the midwest. There are amazing parks, woods, rivers, lakes, and fields to explore satisfy the urge to get out in nature, something unheard of for Kansas…. The party scene is amazing if you know the right people. The main recreational activity is binge drinking as expected, given KU's reputation. Partying and smoking pot is an obsession/addiction for most students, school is in the background.” via.
29. SUNY Albany
BroBible Party School Score: 83.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2008, 2007, 2006, 2005), Playboy Party School (2009)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Hudson Ave. Block Parties, Fountain Day, Kegs and Eggs, St. Patrick's Day
“Cue Bruce Springsteen because SUNY Albany's party scene is still relishing its glory days when it locked down a reputation for going HAM. After the great Kegs and Eggs riot of 2011, things quieted down. Still, says a lot about the place that Shoenice himself once chained himself to a pole to fight for the right to party. “
28. California State University – Chico
BroBible Party School Score: 90.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2009, 2002, 1987)
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Cesar Chavez Day, Labor Day Weekend, Halloween, End of the Year Float, Labor Day Float
“We drink until we can't drink anymore and we have some of the biggest house parties in Nor. Cal. We're ranked in the top ten party schools right now and have been ranked number one in Playboy in recent years. Most parties turn into riots because of the immense size. If you wanna rage, come to Chico.”
27. Syracuse University
BroBible Party School Score: 101
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012), Newsweek Party School (2011), Basketball School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Mayfest
“Most of 'Cuse has a very work hard, play hard type attitude. Emphasis on how life wouldn't be complete without the play hard. You would be able to find something everyday of the week, but the main nights to go out are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 'Cuse is pretty heavily Greek and mostly house parties: frat houses, sports houses, and upperclassmen houses. However, there is also a small bar scene. If you're a freshman walking in a herd (and most likely getting moo'd at) you are going to DJs. Laxers hang out at Harrys. If you are an upperclassmen looking for cheerleaders or future NBA stars, you go to Lucys. And then there is Chucks, the 'Cuse themed bar that seniors live at and alumni remember most. However, nothing is better then 'Cuse on Game Day. Frat row and the Quad is covered in drunken Orange chanting. You might think the weather stops us, considering it snows from November to April, but it actually works to our advantage: Keeps the beer cold.”
26. Rollins College
BroBible Party School Score: 102
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Newsweek Party School (2012, 2011), Playboy Party School (2010, 2009, 2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Fox Day
“Rollins is a small school where the admissions giuidelines are more 'can you afford to go there?' than pure academics. The campus itself is pretty much a resort, complete with a lake for wakeboarding and waterskiing. Playboy seems to love it because the girls are hot and rich, happily racking up bills on daddy's AmEx. Fox Day is our annual spring party when the school cancels classes and everyone rages. Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights are the biggest nights to go out and Orlando's bars and clubs are where most of the party scene tends to gravitate to. House parties are usually pretty chill.”
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