The Top 20 Party Schools of 2017

Both the Princeton Review and Niche.com release an annual ranking of the Top Party Schools in the United States. Each uses their own criteria to rank schools but we have compiled a list of the Top 20 Party Schools from each ranking.

Princeton Review

The Princeton Review (yes, the same people that make those SAT prep books) has released their annual ranking of the best party schools in the United States. The ranking methodology can be found on their website but you can find the top 20 list — based on 143,000 students’ ratings of their campus experiences — below.
  1. University of Wisconsin at Madison (Madison, Wisconsin)
  2. West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia)
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana and Champaign, Illinois)
  4. Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)
  5. Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania)
  6. University of Iowa ( Iowa City, Iowa)
  7. University of Mississippi (Oxford, Mississippi)
  8. Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
  9. Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  10. Colgate University (Hamilton Village, Hamilton, New York)
  11. University of California–Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)
  12. University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)
  13. University of Rhode Island (Kingston, Rhode Island)
  14. Lake Forest College (Lake Forest, Illinois)
  15. College of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina)
  16. University of Maine (Orono, Maine)
  17. University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont)
  18. University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)
  19. University of Colorado–Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
  20. Florida State University (Tallahassee, Florida)

Niche.com

Niche.com also released their own lies of the Top Party Schools based on student reviews and nightlife statistics. They chose colleges which had a vibrant and diverse party scene – they offer fun options both on and off campus and students rate their peers as being fun, friendly, and into partying. Their full list and ranking methodology can be found on their website but here are the Top 20
  1. University of Texas – Austin (Austin, Texas)
  2. Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas)
  3. Stephen F Austin State University (Nacogdoches, Texas)
  4. Texas State University (San Marcos, Texas)
  5. Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, Texas)
  6. Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas)
  7. Rice University (Houston, Texas)
  8. Texas Tech University (Lubbock, Texas)
  9. Saint Edward’s University (Austin, Texas)
  10. University of North Texas (Denton, Texas)
  11. Texas Southern University (Houston, Texas)
  12. Huston-Tillotson University (Austin, Texas)
  13. Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, Texas)
  14. University of Houston (Houston, Texas)
  15. Prairie View A & M University (Prairie View, Texas)
  16. University of Texas – San Antonio (San Antonio, Texas)
  17. Tarleton State University (Stephenville, Texas)
  18. St. Mary’s University – Texas (San Antonio, Texas)
  19. Texas A&M University – Commerce (College Station, Texas)
  20. University of Texas – Health Science Center at Houston (Houston, Texas)
Note: Texas dominated this list, with 8 of the Top 20 Universities being in Austin and Houston alone.

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