WE ARE the Most Fun School in America

State College is well deserving of its Happy Valley alias, at least according to Business Insider. In a list of The 20 Most Fun Colleges in America, Penn State has been crowned the title of being the “most fun!”

Business Insider took a look at The Princeton Review’s 2014 Edition of the 378 Best Colleges, and compiled their own ranking of the most fun colleges based from the following categories: Students Love Their School, Students Study the Least, Everyone Plays Intramural Sports, Best Athletic Facilities, Party Schools, Jock Schools, Lots of Hard Liquor, Lots of Beer, Lots of Greek Life, and College City Gets High Marks.

From these rankings, Business Insider gave schools points for being in each “20 Best Schools for…” category, thereby giving the number one school in a certain category 20 points, the second school 19 points, the third school 18 points, etc.

So how did Penn State knock out its contenders in the fun competition? Out of the 10 specified categories from the Princeton Review Book, Penn State was ranked in 8 categories. Though the website did not specify which categories Penn State lacked in, I’m taking an educated guess that we were not ranked in the “Students Study the Least” category.

Dear Old State ran away with the crown with 92 points, notably getting an edge over the other schools for having the highest marks in the category of “Lots of Beer.”

Here’s what Business Insider had to say:

Penn State, the number one school on our list, was ranked in an impressive eight of the ten categories we used from the Princeton Review, including top marks for Lots of Beer.

There are always packed house parties and a thriving bar scene during the year, but the school really heats up on game days, when students come out to support their beloved Nittany Lions.

Although drinking traditions like State Patty’s Day — a student-driven alternative to Saint Patrick’s Day — and Daylongs — day-long fraternity parties — have come under attack recently, it doesn’t change the fact that Penn State still has an awesome mix of sports, Greek life, and a great overall social scene.

Let’s take the time to appreciate the fact that we are spending the four (or three, or five, or six) best years of our lives in the best, most fun place in the world. Is this another opportunity to sip, chug, shotgun, or funnel a beer? Hell to the yeah.


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Yuka Narisako

Yuka legally immigrated to the United States via airplane in 1996 from the small island nation of Japan. Since then she has migrated throughout the country and now identifies herself as a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering. The Shandygaff is her Happy Place, though she was once kicked out of the establishment after breaking her shoe and screaming “I LOVE DAY DRINKING. I’M HAVING FUN.” Yuka is overly enthusiastic about life in general, but especially Ja Rule, Halloween, and the puffy black vest she purchased from the Gap. You can reach her at [email protected], or through Twitter @yukahontass.


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