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Princeton Review Pegs Penn State Nation’s No. 7 Party School

by and on August 05, 2014 11:45 AM

Every year in August, the Princeton Review releases a bunch of rankings for colleges.

And every year, its party rankings are its most popular list. The 2014 results are in: Penn State is the No. 7 party school in the nation, up two spots from last year’s ranking of No. 9.

That’s not all the Princeton Review had to say about Penn State’s social life. PSU also topped the list of Beer Schools, ranked No. 14 in Greek Life, and No. 19 in liquor schools.

It’s no secret that the Penn State administration took pains to lower its ranking after Joe Dado’s 2009 death, most notably paying bars to close on State Patty’s Day. But this is the second-straight year Penn State has seen a two-spot jump since bottoming out at No. 11 in 2012. Of course, Penn State was the top party school in all the land as recently as 2009.

Here’s the full top 10:

1. Syracuse University

2. University of Iowa

3. University of California — Santa Barbara

4. West Virginia University

5. University of Illinois

6. Lehigh University

7. Penn State

8. University of Wisconsin-Madison

9. Bucknell University

10. University of Florida

So, the Big Ten knows how to party, with four of the top 10 coming from the conference. Syracuse jumped from No. 5 to No. 1, dethroning (if that’s the appropriate term) Iowa, which moved down one spot.

The Princeton Review comes up with its annual list by conducting thousands of student surveys all across the country. While many students are going to brag about this news to schools with a less ubiquitous party scene, the administration will sigh about it after a summer that saw Penn State ranked a top-50 university in the world and in the top-30 nationally. Penn State showed up in several positive rankings in the Princeton Review that you can peruse here.

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Gilbert is the Managing Editor of Onward State.
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