New No. 1 Party School: Syracuse

University officials are not pleased with new rankings

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 5, 2014 12:17 PM CDT

(Newser) – The Princeton Review is out with annual rankings that make college presidents cringe: top party schools. This year, the honor goes to a newbie, Syracuse University, which is not happy about it. "We do not aspire to be a party school," says a university statement picked up by Syracuse.com. The school criticized the study as based on a small segment of the student population but nevertheless promised "important and positive changes" to improve the "student environment."

The rankings are based on student surveys about alcohol, drugs, study time, etc, reports the Huffington Post, which notes that Syracuse is unusual in that big state schools usually capture No. 1. It was No. 5 last year. The new top 10:

  1. Syracuse University
  2. University of Iowa
  3. University of California-Santa Barbara
  4. West Virginia University
  5. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  6. Lehigh University
  7. Penn State
  8. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  9. Bucknell University
  10. University of Florida

The Syracuse University student section in the Carrier Dome before a basketball game.
The Syracuse University student section in the Carrier Dome before a basketball game.   (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)
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