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Penn State Ranked No. 1 Party School For Philadelphians

Once again, Penn State takes the top spot on a ranking list. This time, however, it’s not for the value of our football program, the beauty of our campus and our students, or the passion of our fans. The No. 1 spot on this list speaks to how well we, the students of Penn State, party when power-ranked against other universities popular among Philadelphia residents.

The inaugural list was compiled by Philadelphia-based news site Billy Penn, which aims “to drive civic engagement via affinity groups and events.” To gather the pool of schools considered, the website’s staff looked for universities that people who now live in Philly graduated from, currently attend, or would probably attend someday. As a result, the list is comprised of schools primarily in the state of Pennsylvania.

The site ranked its list of schools according to a variety of factors. Points were given based on the percentage of the student body involved in Greek life, number of drug and alcohol violations cited by campus police, number of beer distributors within a mile of campus, and number of bars in the area.

Schools received additional points for having a nationally recognized annual party and being regarded across the country as a “party school.”

Billy Penn cited that “Penn State’s point count completely blew every other school out of the water.” Penn State beat out 20 other schools for the top spot, including University of Pittsburgh (7) and Rutgers (6).

Penn State’s percentage of students involved in Greek life (19 percent) was far behind the numbers of No. 2 and No. 3, Lehigh University (42 percent) and Villanova University (30 percent), on Billy Penn’s list. However, the university’s number of alcohol and drug violations truly solidified its top spot, as it had 340 more violations than the University of Delaware, the second highest school in this category.

Additionally, Billy Penn nodded towards Penn State’s No. 7 spot on The Princeton Review’s party school list, as well as events like Arts Fest, tailgating, and, of course, State Patty’s Day.

Although the staff at Billy Penn boasts a stacked ratio of Penn State alumni, the numbers clearly speak for themselves. We’re happy to make our alumni proud as we continue to party in their honor, though we’d all like to see those citation numbers go down.

About the Author

Alex Calderaro

Alex Calderaro is a junior majoring in Supply Chain Management from Central Jersey. As a first generation Penn Stater, she has found a home here in several places, including her sorority, and, of course, Onward State. You can contact her at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @alexcalderaro.


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