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Top 10 Party Schools: 50 Shades of Cray!

Posted: 08/31/2012 3:36 pm

It wouldn't be a college rankings series without a party list, much less the 2013 Unigo College Rankings, and we're certainly not bucking that trend. Let's jump right into it...

The Top 10 Schools That Are Fifty Shades of Cray!

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  • 10. University of Georgia

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about UGA on</strong></a> The University of Georgia is a public, research university located in Athens, Georgia, about an hour west of Atlanta, and its students are some of the most devoted football fans in the country. "It's not called the Bulldawg Nation for nothing!" says a sophomore in Math and Sciences. If you cut a typical UGA student you shouldn't be surprised if they bleed the school's colors, red and black. With a slew of restaurants and bars gathered around the university's campus, it's hard not to be swept up in partying rituals that can occupy every night of the week. In fact, the students party so hard that townies are always aware of when the team is playing at home: Game Day celebrations are so well-attended that local residents will prepare in advance, making sure that unless they intend on joining the debauch they have no other reason to journey downtown or even come near to approaching College Square. If you want evidence of how hard Bulldogs party you need look no further than "The Grill", a 24-hour diner just outside the UGA Arch. On any given night after the bars close you can find woozy undergrads scarfing down crinkle-cut french fries with feta dressing, but take note: you will also see those same students the next morning making their way to class with sunglasses over their eyes to filter out the bright Georgia sun. If you don't make your way, then you can't stay at UGA.

  • 9. University of Mississippi

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about Ole' Miss on</strong></a> The University of Mississippi, better known as Ole Miss, is a public, research university in Oxford, Mississippi. Emily, a Junior in Journalism, attributes Ole Miss's reputation for partying on the school's "popular and prominent Greek life." The numbers back her up. Although there's only about thirty Greek organizations on campus, a third of Ole Miss's 14,000+ students have joined one. Tailgating in The Grove before home football games might just be the most popular event ever, even when the football team itself may not be having a winning season. Meghan, a Junior majoring in Government, reports that win or lose, "every game is still sold out and the Grove is still packed." And since Ole Miss students dress up in their Sunday best for games, you know they are partying in style. Throughout the rest of the week Rebs can be found at a variety of bars "on the square" with a rotating schedule of drink specials, although it's not unknown for students to pile into a car and adventure off to nearby Memphis, Tennessee, only 45 minutes from campus.

  • 8. University of Maryland-College Park

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about Maryland on</strong></a> The University of Maryland is a public, research university nestled in College Park, Maryland, between two urban centers. Frats and sororities run the school on weekends, and Terp fans are known for rioting both after major wins and major losses. KJ, a Senior in Government, explains, "UMD is a social campus! The bars are the place to be (even though there are only a few) and Greek Life is BIG. UMD students know how to have fun but have avoided being cast as just another "party-school." With that much passion for life, how could UM not be a party school? Although the University of Maryland has become more selective recently, and is still trying to tone down the school's party image, the students still continue to celebrate, mostly in off-campus housing where most undergraduates flock after their Freshman year. And if there still isn't enough to do in the dynamically volatile town of College Park, Baltimore and Washington, DC, are a quick drive for those looking for a libidinous night away from the peeping eyes of their classmates.

  • 7. UCSB

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about UCSB on</strong></a> According to some students at the University of California, Santa Barbara, a public research university with almost 20,000 undergrads, the initials UCSB don't stand for the name of the school, but "U Can Study Buzzed", a phrase no doubt text messaged often from one student to another as they search for their night's partner in crime. The administration has been fighting back recently, trying to rid the school of its party reputation, but how is it possible to not cut loose when your dorm is right across from the beach and features a sublime view of the Pacific Ocean? Not all students live on campus, with most settling down in the neighboring town of Isla Vista, home of that world famous 24-hour Mexican restaurant, Freebirds World Burrito, where you can snack on tapas no matter what time of day and whether you are studying, partying, or just chilling out.

  • 6. Florida State University

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about FSU on</strong></a> This Tier 1 doctoral research institution in Tallahassee, Florida, is no stranger to Top Party School lists. It has regularly been highlighted for its student's joie de vivre, and within the state it is known as party central. "This is definitely a party school," says Harper, a Social Sciences Freshman. "There's not one night a week where there's not a club/frat party/random house party to go to. " She adds that as a result of this, "It is VERY, VERY, VERY easy to make friends here." Alcohol flows freely, students are happy, the great weather gives everyone a reason to strip down, and the guys couldn't be more pleased. Robert, a Sophomore, declares, "The best thing about FSU is the girls. They are all gorgeous here and - not only that - they have brains, too." In addition to the gorgeous, brainy girls, there's more of them than guys. FSU's student body is almost three-fifths female. Whether at frat houses on campus, on the Tennessee Street Strip, or in the bars and clubs around the campus, the spirit of the party is alive at FSU.

  • 5. Indiana University-Bloomington

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about IU on</strong></a> Indiana University Bloomington is a public, research university with over 40,000 students located in one of the most charming college towns in the United States. IU is also home to the famous Little 500, a bicycle race modeled on the Tour de France. Students compare it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. "The police get a little heavy," says Caleb, a Communications Senior, "but that is expected when you have DMX, Three 6 Mafia, and the Ying Yang twins in town." The rest of the year is more low-key, although not by much. Sam, a Freshman in Biology, says, "Though we are a 'dry' campus, it doesn't show. There is a party pretty much every night, whether in the frats or a house on Grant." Indianapolis isn't far away for those with cars, but Bloomington, or B-town, is a much more vibrant college town than most, and there is always something for people to do if they look for it. Jessica, a Communications Junior, says it best. "Although some people may think that Indiana's campus resembles Hogwarts, to me it is better. It truly is a magical place."

  • 4. University of Arkansas

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about Arkansas on</strong></a> This public, research university is hunkered down in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains and deep in the Ozarks. Don't let the remoteness fool you; the University of Arkansas offers students the quintessential college experience: football, frats, and a thriving party scene in a quaint Southern college town where life revolves around the university. But while the university may have earned a reputation as a party school because of its thriving Greek scene, undergrads must find ways to balance their studies and social activities or risk being thrown out of the Greek organizations on campus and/or lose their scholarships. Razorback pride dominates the area. As the largest university in Arkansas, UA is the state's pride and joy. The 76,000 capacity football stadium is regularly filled on game days, and the party is so all encompassing that, "On football game days the town of Fayetteville almost shuts down," according to Kristin, a Biology major. But why would you do anything else on a game day? The party's at Reynolds Razorback Stadium!

  • 3. Ohio University

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about Ohio U on</strong></a> This public research university boasts a spacious, pastoral campus located on the hilly banks of the Hocking River in Athens, Ohio. It has a reputation as a big party school, and the amount of time and effort Ohio University administrators spend fighting this reputation underscores how true it must be. Every Halloween between ten and thirty-thousand visitors join twenty-thousand OU students and descend on downtown Athens streets for a revelry to end all revelries, including popular activities like fisticuffs and public couch burning. They party so hearty that in the period before Halloween the university changes the locks on the doors of each residence hall and requires students to pre-register their one allowed guest a week in advance! But Ohio's Bobcats don't restrict their love of having a good time to one day out of the year and can often be found in one of the 32 bars located near campus. That's not to say there aren't options for those who shun the bar scene. Local coffee shops are known to have open mic nights and comedy shows, and performances regularly come to other local venues, including OU's auditorium.

  • 2. Arizona State University

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about ASU on</strong></a> No matter what your scene, if you attend a college with over 70,000 other students you can find someone to party with. And if you are attending a college with over 70,000 students then it's a no-brainer to assume you are attending Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, the largest public university in the United States by enrollment. "ASU is big enough to have a clique for everybody," says Andy, an Anthropology Senior. And the extracurricular offerings are almost as broad and varied as the student body, and what bodies! In Playboy's ranking of Top 10 Party Schools they cited the warm desert climate and the amount of exposed flesh on campus as factors in their choice to award ASU their third place ranking. Even though 'Sun Devils', as Tempe students are collectively known, have a reputation for partying, they also get their work done. Swastik, a Freshman, defends ASU against its party reputation. "[ASU] is a tier one research university in USA which includes a lot of intense research and development which are globally recognized."

  • 1. University of Florida

    <a href="" target="_hplink"><strong>See everything students say about Florida on</strong></a> This public, research university in Gainesville, Florida, is known to its 35,000 undergraduates as the "Gator Nation." The weather on its sprawling campus is always pleasant and the football is always unforgettable. This is the perfect recipe for a never-ending party. The school's demographics closely measure those of the nation, except that there are 1.11 girls for every boy at this sunny university where almost a fifth of students are pledged to a fraternity or sorority. The frats usually throw their parties during the week with students preferring Downtown and Midtown bars on the weekend, but be forewarned, the weekend starts on Thursday at the University of Florida. But that's what you can expect at a fast-paced university like UF. According to Emily, a Communications Sophomore, "The dating scene at UF seems non-existent. Everyone hooks up or already has a significant other." There's even a scene for the teetotalers. The Student Activities Board sponsors "Gator Nights", catering to non-drinking students and providing free movies and other forms of entertainment.

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