The 50 Best Party Schools In the U.S., Ranked and Reviewed (#25 – 1)
25. University of Vermont – Burlington, Vermont
BroBible Party School Score: 103
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2012, 2005, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012, 2011), Playboy Party School (1987)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: 4/20, Naked Bike Ride, Springfest
“We're not really known for our drinking scene, since it's pretty underplayed by the pot scene, but the house parties are sick. Kegs, thirties, bottles. EVERYWHERE. Best DJ's in any campus (Pierce Fulton went there), so everyone's always raging.”
24. University of New Hampshire – Durham, New Hampshire
BroBible Party School Index Score: 106
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Priceton Review Party School (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012),
Notable Campus-wide Parties: N/A
“Put 15,000 college kids in the middle of no where and UNH quickly becomes known as drUNHk. Though Greek Life is only about 10% of the total student population, UNH's Frat Row is one of the finest college party hotspots in the nation.”
23. San Diego State University – San Diego, California
BroBible Party School Index Score: 112
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2009, 2006, 2002, 1987)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Sigma Chi's Reggae Sunsplash Party
“It's Cali, so everyone smokes. Pool parties and SoCal sunshine everywhere. Weekend day drinking at Pacific Beach bars on the beach. Also, there's Sigma Chi's famous Reggae Sunsplash Party that Playboy ranked one of the best parties in the country a few years ago. One year it had two pools, two swim up bars, two cabanas, a shipwrecked boat, 10 stages, and a shit load of sand. Oh: 14,003 women and 10,587 men. The odds are seriously stacked in your favor, Bro.”
22. University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Tennessee
BroBible Party School Index Score: 116.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002), Playboy Party School (2011, 2006)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Life
“Wine enema butt-chugging. 'Nuff said.”
21. Tulane University – New Orleans, Lousiana
BroBible Party School Score: 127
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2010, 2009, 2006, 2003, 2002), Playboy Party School (2012, 2002), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Mardi Gras, SAE Cowboy Christmas, KA November Rain, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Voodoo Experience
“Because it is in New Orleans. We have Mardi Gras, the Saints, Greek Life, hot sloots from the Northeast with absolutely no moral compass, and a general citywide disregard for enforcing the law (sorta). Most importantly, the acceptance rate is lower than Boston College's, so the student population is generally mentally competent, with the exception of the occasional shitstain who orders Molly to his fraternity house.”
20. University of Southern California – Los Angeles, California
BroBible Party School Score: 132.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Newsweek Party School (2011), Playboy Party School (2012), Football School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Fountain Run, Greek Life
“Pretty much a bigger University of Miami in Southern California. Girls are hot and rich. Our frat castles are some of the best in the nation.”
“At USC there may not be bloody riots or mass mobs of intoxicated co-eds, but what we lack in size we more than compensate for in quantity. At no other university in the country will you have Formal Invites to Catalina Island on a private chartered yacht with all the glorious alcohol you can drink, the Playboy Suite rented out for your Spring Vegas formal accompanied by rooms at the Palms Hotel, 4-star reservations in San Francisco for the yearly weekender (when we play either Cal or Stanford and the campus migrates north), or go on invites and exchanges with sororities (filled with undeniably the most attractive women in the country) to top clubs and venues throughout the greater L.A. area where a premium open bar awaits. Bottom line is that no one is getting the experience we are. As a kid from the Midwest, I love gloating to my friends about what we do on a weekly basis, all of whom go to schools on the various top party school lists and most of whom are ranked higher than me.
Given the opportunity I know for a fact that any single one of them would leave their frigid schools and head back to Cali in Notorious B.I.G. fashion. Friends and brothers of my house have guests from out of town come all the time and almost 90% of the time the kids come from other 'top party schools' and can't make it past our pre-games and end up passed out fetus position in some random house. No where else in the country are people having the partying experience that we live week in and week out. And I didn't even talk about the registers or tailgates. Also Andy Enfield and his smokeshow of a wife are our new basketball coaches. Instead of paying players in benefits from boosters, he's just gonna front the whole thing now (get it? 'Cause he's worth over 100mill).”
“Fountain Run is insane. All the seniors get drunk and run through all the fountains around campus. There's like 30 or 40 fountains or something and things get pretty ridiculous.”
19. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
BroBible Party School Index Score:154
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2004), Newsweek Party School (2011), Basketball School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Unoffical
“When thinking about the University of Illinois nightlife the first thing that comes to mind with students on campus is the bar scene. The bars are always active, the main ones being Red Lion, Joes, Clybournes, and Kams. The one aspect that I believe makes our campus such a great party school are these bars, and the fact that the admittance age is only 19 (still 21 to be served alcohol). With other campuses, many underage party seekers are forced to resort to house parties and smaller apartment parties. While there are still many house, apartment, and fraternity parties, the bars are by far the most popular hangouts.
“Another aspect that creates a great party atmosphere is the large Greek involvement. Not only do the fraternities and sororities here party very hard, but they also basically run the bars. Almost every person working at the bars is in a sorority or fraternity, which draws large crowds of Greeks. On any given week night certain bars are packed, and Thursday-Saturday every bar is extremely crowded.”
“Unofficial is the phrase commonly used to describe the Friday prior to St. Patrick's day at The University of Illinois. The holiday began when students realized St. Patrick's Day was falling on Spring Break, and they would not be able to celebrate it. The day is marked by bars opening at 8 in the morning, kegs on front lawns, students from nearly all Big Ten schools flooding the campus to celebrate by drinking obscene amounts of alcohol. It has been said that more drinking occurs on Unofficial at U of I than occurs at many other school's entire years. People go to class and take quizzes wasted, campus police guard the large lecture halls, city police guard the residence halls, and best of all, the drinking goes on ALL DAY LONG. God bless America.”
18. University of Miami – Coral Gables, Florida
BroBible Party School Index Score: 167
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2010, 2009, 1987), Football School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties:
Testimonial #1, via Waffles McButter:
“Like most able-cocked young gents, I didn't give a shit about prestige; I went to school there because on my initial visit I saw a bevy of hot chicks all wearing next to nothing, and to an impressionable young man that was really all the convincing I needed. Miami is one of the most expensive schools in the country, so unless a chick is on scholarship you can assume her daddy's pockets are deeper than Jenna Jameson's vag*nal socket. Girls represent the majority of the student body (by a narrow margin) and they come from all ends of the earth and all parts of the country. On top of all that, if you are looking for a college experience where promiscuity is the norm, the females at University of Miami can certainly help to fulfill all your carnivorous needs.
“Sorority life at Miami is f*ckin' weak. Its mediocrity can most likely be attributed to Miami being a private school with roughly 10,000 undergrads and an abundance of foreigners who attend the school and have no real interest in Greek life. But to be blatantly honest, Greek life at UM, in general, is sub-par.
“Partying at The U is an experience most incoming freshman are ill-prepared for. Fraternity parties and off-campus ragers are few and far between thanks to the ample nightlife surrounding University of Miami's Coral Gables campus. At best, those parties serve as ample pre-game before you head out. There is a reasonably decent bar scene in Coconut Grove (e.g. (Tavern, Sandbar, Mr. Moes) on some nights, but starting around 2005 a vast majority of the partying at the University of Miami started taking place at clubs, bars, and lounges on South Beach, which is located less than 20 minutes from campus. Suffice it to say, it helps to be of age if you want to experience all that The U's party scene has to offer.”
17. University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
BroBible Party School Index Score: 174
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2011, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays
“Because we celebrate National 'Fuckin' Championships annually now…. anything else?”
“Although it lacks the glitz, glamour, and club scene of colleges located in major metropolises, Alabama is a mammoth party school and the students tend to conduct their merrymaking in the same manner as Lionel Richie. All. Night. Long. In terms of house parties, anything great goes through a fraternity house first, and the biggest shit fests are always fraternity related. When students are in the mood to head to the bars, they usually go to the Strip or downtown T-town. Some bars frequented by students include: The Back Porch, The Yard, Cheap Shots, Buffalo Phil's, Harry's, and The Houndstooth. In the SEC it is nearly impossible to find a school that doesn't have a first-class Greek system and 'Bama is no exception. While fraternities aren't the only social scene, they play a major role and that's in large part to the fact that all good frat houses on campus aren't dry — making them the perfect breeding grounds for constant boozing. The fraternities on campus can be fractioned into two groups: Old Row and New Row. Old Row has bigger houses, more money, and more bros, so naturally they pull the best ass on campus and throw down the hardest. DKE, SAE, Sigma Nu, and KA are the big four on Old Row while Theta Chi, Sigma Chi, Pike, and Lambda Chi also throw down pretty hard and get a respectable share of ass.”
16. University of Mississippi – Oxford, Mississippi
BroBible Party School Index Score: 184.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005), Newsweek Party School (2011), Playboy Party School (2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays at The Grove, The Greek Scene, Double Decker Weekend
“Tailgating at the The Grove is an experience like no other. For starters, it's nothing like you're typical tailgate up in Yankeeland. This is a classy, dressed up affair. Secondly: No beer allowed. There's a county law that prohibits beer but not liquor, so on Gameday everyone is throwing back Solo cups of Bloody Marys and Makers.”
“No school has more hot girls who can rock the hell out of a sundress quite like Ole Miss.”
“Greek scene is one of the finest in the South.”
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15. The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
BroBible Party School Index Score: 189
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2011), Playboy Party School (2012, 2002), Football School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Mirror Lake, Woodfest
“Ohio State has the best damn fans in the land, and will party no matter what. We don't just come for academics, and we all know that Saturdays are for getting bucked up.”
“There are a ton of great bars on campus. Out-R-Inn is one of the best dollar mug nights—on Mondays it's always packed. There's also an area called South Campus Gateway that has 3 bars in close proximity: Charlie Bear, Ugly Tuna, and an Irish style pub place that seems to have a different name every other week. Those are always a good time, mainly because the sororities are not that far away. Another place is O-patio, or as it's commonly referred to around here Bro-fratty-o which does bucket nights on Tuesdays (5 bucks for a gallon bucket of Busch or natty) which fails to disappoint. There are also some great dive bars like the Library and the Sloppy Donkey. Other than cheap beer, there are no real highlights. The frat parties are fun, but they're the same as what you get everywhere. No real innovation, and they represent a pretty small segment of the student population so they don't really have much influence on the overall party scene. The biggest parties, as I think you would expect, are during football season—the “tailgates” range from the parking lots around the stadium to Frat Row and all points in between. The area around the shoe is flooded with people, whether they have a ticket or not. The night after a win the bars are their own particular brand of crazy and the girls are normally in rare form.”
“More students and largest campus than any other university leads to every weekend being a rager. 5 am tailgates for OSU football in the fall and Oval Beach in the spring.”
14. University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa
BroBible Party School Index Score: 197.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2010, 2009), Football School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays
“It's the middle of nowhere, what else do we have to do? A good party school needs three things to consistently be placed in the Top 10 of the best party schools in the nation: Huge ragers, a kick-ass bar scene, and lots of hot girls. U of Iowa has all of them covered. With over 50 bars in a 1-mile downtown radius, you'll be hard-pressed to find a bar scene you don't dig. Whether it's raging your face off to the likes of Krwella or Wiz at The Union (which holds the title of the Big 10's biggest bar), Dollar-You-Call it FAC's and Tailgates at The Summit, or 25-cent wing night at Brothers Bar and Grill, the bar scene here is truly one of a kind. Even when the city tried to pass a 21-only ordinance to keep underclassmen out of the bars, the party scene responded by upping their “best party school” ranking in the Princeton review from #4 to #2.
And let's not forget the game days. Tailgating at U of Iowa is an unreal experience. Beer bongs and keg stands on the front lawns of Melrose Court, giant-ass turkey legs, girl-on-girl tailgate mud-wrestling, and hell, we even have a TRAIN dedicated to taking people to and from the stadium. Iowa City is also a huge attraction for music artists. Krwella, Steve Aoki, Girl Talk, Dada life, Wiz, Big Sean, and T-Pain are just a few that have had shows here in the last few years. Last, but certainly not least, the girls. Iowa has a unique concoction of home-grown Iowa beauties, and those outrageously rich Illinois girls who were too stupid to get into U of Illinois and opted to spend mommy and daddy's money getting plastered in downtown IC 3-5 nights a week. I'd say roughly 8 out of 10 girls you'll see in the bars on any night Tuesday-Saturday are at least an 8 or above. Finding a hot chick to take to pound-town is as easy as throwing your FINISHED beer (we don't promote alcohol abuse here) and striking up a conversation with whichever chick it hits.”
13. University of Colorado – Boulder, Colorado
BroBible Party School Index Score: 208
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2011, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2011, 2002), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Halloween Week, St. Patrick's Day, 4/20
“Freshman and Sophomore years revolve mostly around house parties on 'the Hill.' Lots of MIP's are handed out these years; the police are very strict on open containers here in Boulder. They are not as strict on marijuana around here, but students do get tickets, especially in the dorms. The Greek Scene really makes up a minority of the school's student population, but they have big houses and big parties. There are no kegs allowed in the fraternities, so you'll have to go to a house party for those.
“Junior year is when the party scene changes to the bars. We have an great bar scene here with over 20 bars between the Hill and Pearl St.: On the Hill, we have The Sink, The Goose, Geisty's Dogg House (a sports bar), Illegal Pete's, and K's China. Pearl Street is a 10 minute walk from campus and has the most bars and restaurants. In my opinion, the most popular places to go are The Walrus, The Attic, Absinthe House, The Sundowner, The Catacombs, Press Play, and Conor O'Neill's.
“Things to note: The Attic has a popular drink called a 'Fat Albert,' which is essentially Kool Aid and liquor. Absinthe is a dance club that plays techno music. Conor O'Neill's is a traditional Irish pub with live music. $1 Prime Rib sandwiches at the Catacombs on Fridays. Every year, the Winter X-Games are popular among Boulder students, so people head to Aspen. Denver is a little over 30 minutes away and there is a bus that goes directly to LoDo (lower downtown) for sports events such as the Nuggets, Av's, Rockies, and Broncos. Denver also has Casa Bonita, which was made famous in South Park, complete with actual cliff divers. In the summer, lots of students usually stay in town for summer school. It is very popular to go to Boulder Creek and drink/float down the creek on rubber tubes. Elitch Gardens is a theme park in downtown Denver that is also fun to go to in the Summer. Lastly, Vegas is driving distance from Boulder (about 12 hours) and I feel it should be a rite of passage for 21-year-old Boulder students.”
“Because we are in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. We have the Flatirons and gorgeous girls looming in front of us everyday. Everyone is so chill, and everyone is down to smoke, drink, and party whenever. Not to mention Amendment 64! Thursday is the biggest party night so we basically have three days of partying every weekend. CU is also pretty even as far as Greek life. The frats party hard, but so do the GDI's. If you go to CU you will have no problem finding a party on “The Hill” which is less than a mile away from campus. People come to CU to party, that's the reputation.”
“I can sum it up with one aimple example. A certain fraternity [name redacted] threw an insane party, themed 'Astronauts & Whores.'”
12. Indiana University – Bloomington, Indiana
BroBible Party School Index Score: 209
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2009, 2006), Basketball School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Little 500
“One of the largest Greek systems in the country. Basketball team is good again so everyone is getting hammered for every game. Football team still sucks, which means we tailgate even harder. Last year we brought Tiesto, Alesso, Afrojack, etc to Little 500. The year before was Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Pretty Lights, etc. And there's Welcome Week (Wisco Week) and Little 500, where people drink from 3 am and end at 3 am the next day, no joke.”
“Little 500, the world's greatest college weekend. Obama, Lance Armstrong, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Tiesto, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa, Nicki Minaj, and more have all been here for this just since I've been student here. (Wait… Obama?– ed) IU basketball: win we drink, lose we still booze. IU tailgates: we may not win on the field, but we've never lost a tailgate. 40,000+ tailgate every saturday in the fall which is more people that end up in the stadium. We have a college bar on the Top 100 bars period in the nation (including Vegas, LA, NY, Miami, etc) Kilroys Sports Bar. IU is widely known as having some of the best looking girls in the Midwest and in the Big Ten. A porno was filmed on campus. Sink the Biz may be the greatest drinking game/pregame festivity ever! Playboy once left IU off their list of top party schools because they said it is unfair to 'put professionals on a list of amateurs' and this pic was taken from an apartment overlooking Kirkwood, which is where all the bars are located.”
11. Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge, Louisana
BroBible Party School Index Score: 211.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2012, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002), Playboy Party School (2009, 2002), Football School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Life
“Show up outside Tiger Stadium on a Thursday afternoon in the fall with a couple cases of beer. Don't sleep for 60 hours and you will have the whole college experience in a nutshell.”
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10. Arizona State University – Tempe, Arizona
BroBible Party School Index Score: 219
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2012, 2010, 2009, 2008), Newsweek (2011), Playboy Party School (2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2002, 1987), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Games, Pool Parties, Undie Run
“You need a birthday and a pulse to get into ASU. If you’re going to ASU, you’re not going for the prestige academia but rather to attend more pool parties than classes. The Hayden Library scene is as prestig as you’ll get and it’s essentially an Adderall induced Facebook stalk sesh and a good place to get the Bros together to plan the next party….fucking raggggeee.
Going to ASU is essentially being in the chillest frat: Bros glide to class on longboards (unless they see a pool party at Vista en route) and girls are constantly looking for an excuse to wear less, because they’re hot and you should know it…. I’m talking temperature, it’s a fucking desert. The hardest decision you’ll make is whether you should go to the ABC Party first or the Sports Pros and Tennis Hos party. Tailgating has been rolled, but it’s ASU so we deal with life’s hardships. When life gives us lemons, we add fucking vodka, girls in bikinis, some green and maybe a bag of blow.
I’ve mentioned house parties. There is also Mill Ave when you’re of age. Cue Club is the only place I remember because after a (or 5) $3 Long Island Iced Tea(s) pictures were the only way I was able to piece together my night.. If you’re into wearing Affliction you should A.) re-think your life and if you still think it has meaning and could see yourself on the cast of Jersey Shore, you’ll enjoy bottle service in North Scottsdale. The campus is mere hours away from Mexico, in case you want to really take that language requirement to the next level – you’re such a go-getter. “Mas tequila por favor….Un tengo Pacifico….Pedro mas shotos.”
All I have to say about classes is don’t take Friday classes… a common phrase you’ll hear is….. “Fuck. I registered for classes late and now I’m stuck in an 11AM Econ 101. How the fuck will I wake up for that?”
If you graduate ASU (which you should get around to at some point) remembering the majority of your nights, you did it wrong*
*This testimonial does not account for the school of Engineering/anyone who wore a suit to take themselves more seriously at the business school/anyone who knows the specifics of World of Warcraft, they were clearly just going to ASU for the in state tuition rather than the out of mind state we were all in.”
“Voted hottest girls on campus year after year by Playboy Magazine!!! One of the largest schools in the country and has the best weather to host parties both day and night.”
9. Florida State University – Tallahassee, Florida
BroBible Party School Index Score: 247.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2009, 2006, 2002), Football School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Pool Parties
“Hot girls everywhere. Seriously… EVERYWHERE. Booze is super cheap and plentiful. There are drink specials and something to do every night of the week. For $10 or $20, there's an all you can drink top shelf on Friday nights at Bullwinkle's, which used to always make Playboy's top college bars. There's a caliber of girls that likely didn't get into UF, so they're a bit more liberal and tend to go out a whole lot more.
“Everyone's in shape, so it leads to a lot more hooking up than you'd expect. In Florida, there's a ton of pressure to be in shape year round, because at any given time you can go to the beach. Like, being fat is just not an option. So there's a shit ton of pool parties in the spring that get out of control. The pool parties are the spring equivalent of a game days. So you tend to want to get hammered and show off your body, as a culture.
“I'd classify Florida State as a binge drinking state, and it's like 15 minutes from Georgia and like 40 minutes from Alabama. When they call last call in Tallahassee, some people with DDs just jump across the border to go buy more beer. That's a fairly regular occurrence. It's also surrounded in this major redneck area, so most trips to the beach and Greek Functions are trips to places where you can just get absolutely embarassingly hammered and nobody cares.”
8. Ohio University – Athens, Ohio
BroBible Party School Index Score: 251
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2009, 2006), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Palmerfest, Mill Fest, High Fest, 8Fest, #Fest, and Mom's Weekend
“Ohio University has been ranked in the Princeton Review's Top Party School top 5 two years in a row. We go hard every weekend, not just on one of the numerous fest weekends. No matter the day of the week, if you're looking for a party, you can find several houses that would be more than willing to invite you in and get you trashed. Thousands of people flock from all around to come to our notorious fest weekends of which there are many. The girls are hot and have loose morals. There is simply no better school for partying than OU. OU OH YEAH!!!”
“Our Halloween block party is the second biggest block party in the nation behind Times Square on New Year's Eve. Our number fests include 20,000 people drunk in a field. We have been the number 1 party school every year! There's no question we are the best of the best.”
“Very little sleeping happens. You can go out any given night and find a party or a rowdy bar crowd. Everyone wants to add to their extensive list of drinking buddies so you are constantly finding new places to rage. Even the most average bro can pull a hard 9 of a chick here if they party and aren't introverted hermits. 'Harvard on the Hocking'.”
“School was cancelled one day this semester because there was an armed fugitive who stole $5 from some woman and the most popular bars opened immediately. They were soon packed and it was dubbed 'Fugitive Fest' and 'Gunday Fun Day.”
“What other school has a $5 robbery close the campus, then make a fest out of it? See also: Fugitive Fest, Water Main Fest, any weekday… Also, we have this bad habit of ending parties in riot gear and setting things on fire in the street.”
7. University of California-Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara, California
BroBible Party School Index Score: 261.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2002), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Halloween, Floatopia, Deltopia
“Thousands of college students packed into 0.5 square miles of ocean front paradise in Santa Barbara California. Not to mention Del Playa Drive throws down most every night with outrageous house parties…. No charges to get in, no lists, free alcohol, tons of hot girls. Just follow the music and crowds of hundreds of hot girls.”
“UCSB chicks love to party and if you really wanted to, you can find a party seven nights a week. Tuesday is usually the night frats hold parties with the sororities, so it is an ideal time for a mid-week one-nighter. A prime time to have some public sex is on a Thursday night. There is a bus system that runs from the bars back to campus and apparently anything goes; kids that can't hold their booze are vomiting out the windows, the more skilled drinkers are mocking and taking pisses on the featherweights, and if you're in the back of the bus there is a good chance that you could be ravaging the slampiece you met right before last call. Fridays and Saturdays are all-out shitshows, the houses lining Del Playa Dr. put their sound systems out onto their balconies and just blast music into the street. Almost every party is open and the majority of them give out free drinks. At parties, Bros are Bros and UCSB girls have no reservations about funneling or shotgunning beers like they're one of the guys.”
6. Penn State University – University Park, Pennsylvania
BroBible Party School Index Score: 284
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2009), Football School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Syllabus Week, Football Saturdays, State Paddy's Day, Blue and White Game, Arts Fest
“20,000 hot girls in the middle of nowhere. A majority of the campus will be out on Wednesday – Saturday and everyone goes nuts. And we don't drink moderately either. Everyone gets shit-housed.”
“25 bars within walking distance, which the school had to BRIBE to shut down on State Patty's Day.”
“We have tons of bars, and every night there's several places going wild. The bars are definitely awesome. They're strict about not letting under-21 year olds in but they're definitely cool with their patrons getting completely hammered. Most of the crazy shit i've been involved with happens after leaving the bar, at an after party or just causing chaos in the streets. I live right downtown in the middle of all the bars so every night (if I didn't go out that night) I can't sleep because the streets are so wild.
“Football games take all this to a whole new level though. Tailgating is just insane. For comparison, I've been to Iowa for a game and the tailgating just didn't compare. It was more like people standing around sippin' on beers. A PSU tailgate consists of about 100,000 people chugging beers and getting fucked up.
“I'm a 5th year senior and don't go to frats anymore, but from what I remember from my younger days, the frats were even crazier than the bars.
“We have A LOT of Non-PSU people coming up here on the weekends, and everyone up here can point them out. It's a common known fact that half the violence and destruction is caused by non-PSU kids who can't hold their liquor. We love it because it always make for a good story when our non-PSU friends are up here throwing up on the dance floors and getting kicked out of everywhere.”
Testimonial #4, via The School Philly:
“The party scene at Penn State is second to none. Not everyone can handle a football weekend at Penn State. After partying all night Friday, it's a 7am wake-up call on Saturday (no matter what time kick-off is), all-day tailgate at the frat, house, or field of your choice. All of this is followed by the actual game, which requires you to go nuts without ever sitting down (only at half-time), followed by another night out.
“And the weather doesn't even affect us. Could be snowing, sleeting, raining, all the above—doesn't matter. The hardest cold-weather school ever, of all-time. A daylong on a warm, sunny day in April? Forget it. It's like letting us out of our cages.
“Tuesday night's at G-Man and The Den, and Thursday night's at Indigo, make us forget what the “weekend” means.”
5. University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia
BroBible Party School Index Score: 314.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2012, 2011, 2009, 2006, 2002), Football School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Life
“The scene here in Athens is something that has to be experienced to be believed. If you’re over on Milledge Ave (Frat Row) on any given weekend night, you’ll hear bands and big time rap names blasting over the screams of some of the finest Southern Belles. But the main attraction to UGA is the downtown scene; it is absolutely unreal. Thursdays find wild outfits from socials running around, and every other night it seems like the entire student body is out raging in their Sunday best. Athens is where The South’s finest go to raise a little hell.”
“To put it simply, Athens is insane. Every single night of the week, you can go downtown and find people drinking and partying. Whether it be Sunday nights at Pauley's or Thursdays at Whiskey Bent, there will never be a shortage of attractive Southern men and women downtown to meet. The Greek scene tends to dominate the party scene, with socials every Thursday and band parties nearly every weekend. However, one does not have to be Greek to go downtown and have a great time. Getting into bars downtown is a joke as well, so being a freshman does not mean you can't join in the fun. Downtown Athens has 20+ bars where you can drink as much as you want. This is also a great school for guys, where the student body is comprised of nearly 60% women in a school of 32,000+. Saturdays in Athens on Gameday are also one of the big parts of the insanity. Typically, people wake up and start drinking and tailgating all day until the game starts. Athens is literally shut down so everyone can party and watch the game.
The music scene in Athens is also a big part of what makes UGA a great party school. With the Georgia Theater attracting big names on a weekly basis to huge country concerts in Sanford and out in the field, there will always be somewhere to listen to music and drink. Athens, GA is the best college town in the United States.”
4. University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin
BroBible Party School Index Score: 342
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party Schools (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2002), Football School Factor, Brobible Editorial Pick
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Halloween, Mifflin Street Block Party, St. Patrick's Day
“People go harder and more often here than anywhere in the country. It's literally a party of some sort everyday. Whether you're Greek or not, you're raging and having the time of your life every day. We have a beautiful lake that allows for some of the best day drinking, in the warm months, ever. Plus, our sports teams all have a dedicated, and over-served, following that goes hard in the paint every week.”
“The campus is intermingled with the city, hence the mix of house party and bar scene culture. The campus throbs with equal parts School Pride and Sex. Scott Van Pelt called Madison “The Greatest College Sports Town in North America”. That is all.”
“The Mifflin Street Block Party alone prompted the Dean to make an infamous 'Don't Go' video... what better reason is there to attend?”
Mifflin Street Block Party pic via Wikipedia/Nickclarson.
3. University of Texas – Austin, Texas
BroBible Party School Index Score: 357.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party Schools (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), Football School Factor, Brobible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Round-Up
“The University of Texas at Austin is notorious for it's downtown scene, 6th Street is a conglomerate of bars that goes on for more than four blocks with back to back bars. It is the ultimate place for people to go, bar hop, and get hammered (of course) everything from hip-hop bars to hipster bars to dubstep and country is playing every day of the week.
“However UT students are not satisfied with this phenomenon of nightclubs; house parties and fraternity parties are huge. West Campus is the area where most undergrads reside. There are back-to-back entirely student populated buildings and fraternity and sorority houses are in every block. They all have their particular parties year round and like to throw day parties every once in a while; with so many fraternities on campus, there is never a weekend with no events.
“There is one particular weekend, however, when the masses congregate to party like there is no tomorrow (literally)–Round Up. It is a weekend where every fraternity shows off their levels of rage and it basically becomes a competition to see who is boss on Campus. The streets are filled with neon tanks, fanny packs, visors, and croakies running around going from party to party.
“It is also important not to forget UT's tailgates: nothing like it.
“The University of Texas is a non-stop party, there is no doubt it rages harder than anybody in the nation, after all: everything is bigger in Texas.”
“A typical week goes like this:
Monday: if you aren't studying, you're at the Love Goat or Fuzzy's which are bars in west campus.
Tuesday and Wednesday: See above
Thursday: Happy hour at El Arroyo and then go to sixth street for a plethora of fraternity bar tabs which are usually accompanied by waking up with something missing.
Friday-Saturday: Late nights and raves are the usual thing on Friday/Saturday. If it's a big weekend for a fraternity then they'll have a big bar tab Thursday, a late night or rave on friday, and then the big party on Saturday. Also, a day party is most likely thrown in there somewhere.”
Sunday- Typically a day of recovery but there's always gonna be those kids that just can't stop in which case they go to Love Goat or Fuzzy's.
2. University of Florida – Gainesville, Florida
BroBible Party School Index Score: 381.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party Schools (2012, 2009, 2002), Football School Factor, Brobible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays
“My first semester, I remember thinking how Greek-oriented social life seemed. Ended up joining one my second semester. The main places people go out are on University Ave. The area immediately north of campus is midtown which consists of bars and restaurants. The most popular places to go out here are Swamp, Cantina, O!O, Balls, Salty. Further east on University Ave. is the downtown area where all the clubs are: Bank, Vault, Jolie, etc.” via.
1. West Virginia University – Morgantown, West Virginia
BroBible Party School Index Score: 406.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005), Newsweek Party School (2012, 2011), Playboy Party Schools (2010, 2009, 2002, 1987), Football School Factor, Brobible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, St. Patrick's Day, Fall Fest, Halloween, Sunnyside, High Street
“Attending WVU is incredibly unique experience. It is a very diverse campus, however, there is one common goal: to get obliterated in any humanly way possible. Alcohol, or any other drug that you may need, is at your disposable. Alcohol is the drug of choice, obviously. On nights such as Fall Fest, which occurs every year on the first day of class, is much closer to mayhem than a party. Essentially, the entire school parties at once, up and down frat row, high street, and in the concert itself is located in the middle of campus. Much of the time this leads to one big mob in the street.
“The school pride for WVU is just a strong as the need to drink. Football games, for example, are a congregation of every Mountaineer, present, past, or future, coming together to drink ceremoniously in honor of their Mountaineer football. Much of my time at WVU has been a drunken blur. The accessibility to large quantities of alcohol is a large factor in this process. The Greek Life at WVU only adds to all of this. Only at WVU are there designated nights for different fraternities to throw ragers. (i.e. Beta Tuesdays, Phi Psi Fridays).
“Now on to St. Pattys Day, yet another day of chaos. We have all seen the “I'm Shmacked,” video, yet it is hard to believe this madness could be an accurate portrayal of reality. In the particular case of WVU, this is quite the contrary. Madness is an understatement, with this holiday. Strength in numbers could not be anymore true in the case of West Virginia University. Luckily for us, that strength is put towards drinking massive quantities of alcohol. If this is not a sufficient description of how hard my school rages, please don't hesitate to email me and I will further express my feelings on the subject.”
“WVU has been listen by the Princeton Review numerous times as the “Number 1 Party School” Most recently in 2009, and in 2012. So at this point if anything, we have a standard to live up to. A popular saying about Morgantown, WV is that we're a drinking town with a football problem, and the ladder part of that phrase can go both ways as we've seen in the recent seasons. But for starters, on the very first day of class, the university literally gives us a reason to drink, and that's FallFest. Go ahead and check out Kaskade's picture from the event on his instagram. Basically its a concert with three major acts located behind our student union known as the Mountainlair. Literally that day my friends and I started drinking at 4 pm on a MONDAY for it… then the drinking just continues. During football season, if there's a noon game, the whole town is up raging by 9 am at the latest, but yet making even a 10 am class seems impossible for myself and my fellow Mountaineers.
“If you're the type to only consider the weekend as a time for drinking, then the weekend never stops in Morgantown. There's one bar that's open every day of the week, then come Tuesday the other bars begin to open with specials. One bar in town, Fat Daddy's has Taco and Tequila Tuesday, another bar does B.O.T aka Black Out Tuesdays, and my personal favorite is FREE beer from 9-11 at Joe Mama's on every Thursday. And those are only to name a few. But I guess more than anything, what else is there to do in Morgantown other than drinking? Not a whole lot, but I can speak for a large percentage of the student population by saying that we're fine with the casual day drink Tuesday through Sunday. Along with all of that, obviously you've seen our three I'm Shmacked videos… St. Patty's Day especially. We go hard, what can I say? Hell, even when Bin Laden died this place was an instant war zone of ragers, kegs, and couch fires, mind you this was the Sunday before finals week. But, give a WVU student a reason to drink, and no matter the circumstance, we're sold. Even 3 weeks ago on a Sunday, it was randomly almost 70 degrees and frat row along with the rest of our downtown campus partook in one massive block party. JUST because the weather was nice. Where else do you see that, other than West Virginia University. We're proud to be the Number One Party School and we're not afraid to brag about it. And like the guy said in our St. Patty's Day I'm Shmacked video, “If you don't go to West Virginia, YOU SUCK.”
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