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Playboy ranks University of Virginia top party school

Jason Oliva

The Rotunda at the Lawn of the University of Virginia

School officials grimace at magazine’s ranking

Playboy has ranked the University of Virginia #1 on its list of the nation’s top party schools. Naturally, university officials are unhappy with the pornographic magazine’s assertion regarding the students’ extra-curricular activities.

Playboy ranked the University of Virginia—founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819—as the top party school in America over a list containing 100 colleges. Set to be featured in Playboy’s October issue, the 2012 Top Party School list regards universities in three major categories: sex, sports and nightlife, categories that have put the founding father university at the forefront of collegiate debauchery.

A close second on Playboy’s list was the University of Southern California, with the University of Florida clocking in at the third spot. The rankings were based on 900 data points spanning the categories of sex, sports and nightlife, which the University of Virginia trumped, leaving school officials with a bad taste in their mouths.

Being a raging party school is probably not something the nation’s oldest public university uses as a selling point for incoming freshman, and it probably does not help that the nation’s most prominent adult magazine backs up this claim.

“It’s far more important for the university to be known for our academic achievements in teaching and research,” said University of Virginia representative Carol Wood in a statement to NBC News.

On its website, Playboy hyped up the University of Virginia for topping the list, saying, “Raise a glass to UVA, whose students know a thing or two about raising glasses and everything important to this list.”

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