University of Illinois named top party school for first time

Survey asks thousands of students to rate their colleges

Princeton Review on Monday released its annual survey asking students to rate top schools in 62 different categories, including best party school, most beautiful campus, and best campus food.

The online survey asked 136,000 students representing 380 colleges to report their experiences and rate their own institutions. The goal of the survey is to help prospective college students find schools that align with their values and interests, says Robert Franek, senior VP-Publisher at Princeton Review.

The University of Illinois was named No. 1 party school for the first time this year—although it has ranked among the top five several times before.

A university spokesperson says the dubious honor fails to capture the true spirit of the school's student body. "They are serious, they are hardworking, and to try to present them as being somehow irresponsible is insulting," she told the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune notes that the university is also home to 23 Nobel Prize winners.

Top schools in other categories include:

  • Rollins College, most beautiful campus;
  • Bowdoin College, best campus food;
  • Brandeis University, most students engaged in community service; and
  • Vanderbilt University, happiest students.

Meanwhile, Brigham Young University proudly announced on Twitter that it ranked as the No. 1 "stone-cold sober" school for the 18th year in a row, "our freshmen's entire lives!" (Chicago Tribune, 8/3; Princeton Review release [1]; Princeton Review release [2]; University Herald, 8/3).

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