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Penn State Falls To No. 13 In Princeton Review Party School Ranking

Oh college rankings, where would we be without you? From academics to STDs, it seems like there is a ranking for everything nowadays. In the latest list to hit the wild world of college rankings, the Princeton Review released its annual top 20 Party Schools ranking (along with its 61 other college rankings), in which Penn State dropped from No. 7 to 13.

Some of the changes to this year’s ranking include Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin taking the top three Party School spots to join Penn State as the only Big Ten schools to make the list. Oregon and Delaware dropped out of the top 20, Charleston joined the list at number 20, and Colgate University came out of nowhere and went from being unranked last year to No. 9 on the Party School list this year.

Penn State remained pretty consistent in other rankings, however there were a few changes from last year. Some notable drops include going from four to unranked in the “Everyone Plays Intramural Sports” ranking, as well as from 19 to unranked in the “Lots of Hard Liquor” ranking. Some notable rises include improving from 20 to 12 in the “Best Run Colleges” ranking (attaboy, President Barron), as well as improving from four to two in the “Students Pack the Stadiums” ranking, trailing only Clemson.

2016 Penn State Princeton Review Rankings And Lists

Some of the changes in this year’s ranking are pretty surprising, especially when you try to comprehend how such changes could actually occur. These changes can leave one asking themselves questions such as “Have Penn State students really stopped playing in enough IM tournaments to drop from 4 to completely unranked?” “Have we begun to give up on Vlad??” “IS THE PENN STATE PARTY SCENE NOT AS #LIT AS WE THOUGHT IT WAS???”

Woah, buddy! Slow down! Take a deep breath. As it turns out, these rankings are a meaningless load of crap don’t follow the best methodology for conducting a fair, representative survey at each school. The Princeton Review reports that all of its lists are based on voluntary student survey results. However, what they don’t report is how representative these survey results are compared to the school’s total population. For example, the Princeton Review says the average number of surveys per campus is about 358 students. So, 358 surveys at the newly ranked No. 9 Party School Colgate would represent about 12 percent of their student population, while 358 students at Penn State would represent a minuscule 0.8 percent of the student population. Therefore, assuming Penn State had an average number of survey responses, Penn State being ranked 13 in the “Party School” ranking is based off of the opinions of a small percentage of Penn State students.

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