Every year in August, the Princeton Review releases a bunch of rankings for colleges. And every year, its party rankings are its most popular list. Today, the 2014 results are in: Penn State is the No. 7 party school in the nation, up two spots from last year’s ranking of No. 9.
It’s no secret that the Penn State administration took strides to lower its ranking after Joe Dado’s 2009 death, most notably paying bars to close on State Patty’s Day. But this is the second-straight year Penn State has seen a two-spot jump since bottoming out at No. 11 in 2012. Of course, Penn State was the top party school in all the land as recently as 2009.
Here’s the full top 10:
1. Syracuse University
2. University of Iowa
3. University of California — Santa Barbara
4. West Virginia University
5. University of Illinois
6. Lehigh University
7. Penn State
8. University of Wisconsin-Madison
9. Bucknell University
10. University of Florida
So, the Big Ten knows how to party, with four of the top 10 coming from our conference. Syracuse jumped from No. 5 to No. 1, dethroning (if that’s the appropriate term) Iowa, which moved down one spot.
The Princeton Review comes up with its annual list by conducting thousands of student surveys all across the country. While many students are going to brag about this news to schools with a less ubiquitous party scene, the administration will sigh about it after a summer that saw Penn State ranked a top-50 university in the world and top-30 one in the country. Penn State showed up in several positive rankings as well that you can peruse here.
My two cents: Penn State is a big school with a whole lot of spirit and student organizations. That lends itself well to parties. And Penn State’s bar scene speaks for itself, so it’s gonna be tough for Penn State to ever fall from these rankings. But note that a surefire way to make someone who doesn’t go here label you a douchebag is by bragging about this ranking.
Comment away on whether this makes you proud or annoyed.