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Top 20 Party Schools and Sober Schools

The 2014 Princeton Review spills the beans


The results are in! Parents all across the country wonder if their children are actually benefitting from the high cost of a college education; whether or not they’re truly sending their recent high school grad to the best university for them. Sadly, a big part of this has to do with the amount of alcohol they’ll be consuming throughout the next four years.

Of course, no obedient, ambitious freshman would ever take advantage of dorm room parties or Greek Week, right? If they are actually able to convince their parents this is true, maybe they should avoid Princeton Review’s top 20 party schools and look into the top 20 sober schools. Ultimately, the decision is theirs. Here’s the list:

Top 20 Party Schools:

1.     University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2.     University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

3.     University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

4.     West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

5.     Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

6.     University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

7.     Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

8.     University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

9.     Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

10.   Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

11.   University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

12.   Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

13.   DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

14.   University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi

15.   University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

16.   Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio

17.   University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

18.   Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

19.   University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

20.   University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

Top 20 Sober Schools:

1.     Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

2.     Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

3.     College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri

4.     Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California

5.     U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

6.     Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania

7.     Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia

8.     U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut

9.     U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

10.   Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

11.   City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York

12.   City University of New York-City College, New York City

13.   City University of New York-Queens College, Flushing, New York

14.   Mills College, Oakland, California

15.   Agnes Scott College, Atlanta/Decatur, Georgia

16.   Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts

17.   California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

18.   Simmons College, Boston

19.   Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

20.   Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

No matter what school parents discourage kids from attending, both lists contain well-known, prestigious colleges and universities. To be honest, it doesn’t matter what kind of reputation a school holds. If they graduate with a four-year degree, earning respectable grades, they’ll do just fine in life.

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