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August 3rd, 2010
The Nation's Top Ten Party Schools

The University of Georgia won a national title this year top party school.

For the campus surrounded by nearly 100 bars in tiny downtown Athens parties are just part of life from August to May each year. Many students gear up for the weekend on Thursdays and sometimes don't rest until Monday morning.

"That's what people look forward to starting Thursday Thursday night is the new Friday night," said junior Andrew Chappell, 20. "The party atmosphere is such a big part of Georgia."

The ranking is based on e-mail surveys of 122,000 students at more than 370 colleges across the country. It combines responses on alcohol and drug use on campus, hours spent studying outside class and the popularity of fraternities and sororities.

The surveys are filled out voluntarily by students, and on average about 325 students from each campus respond, said Rob Franek, author of the 800-page book put out by Princeton Review each year with nearly 60 categories of rankings.

Other rankings include best campus food, least accessible professors and most religious students.

This year, Brigham Young University topped the list of "Stone-Cold Sober Schools" for the 13th straight year.

The nation's top party schools, according to Princeton Review's 2010 survey of 122,000 students.

1. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

2. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

3. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

4. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va.

5. University of Mississippi, Oxford, Miss.

6. University of Texas, Austin, Texas

7. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

8. University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.

9. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

10. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

University of Georgia spokesman Tom Jackson said the list is not one the school wants to lead. He said he'd rather emphasize that the school made Princeton Review's top 50 "Best Values" list or the "Green Honor Roll" of the most environmentally conscious campuses. 


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