Just four years ago, UGA finished in the top spot in The Princeton Review ranking, which this year includes 379 colleges and universities. UGA posted a second-place “party school” ranking in 2011 and finished in fifth place in 2012 before dropping out of the top 10 last year.
The Princeton Review, a test preparation company not affiliated with Princeton University, ranks colleges annually in a number of categories from the quality of campus food to Greek life to campus health services. The rankings are based on surveys in which a few hundred students on each campus are asked dozens of questions. For this year, according to The Princeton Review’s website, a total of 130,000 students were surveyed with 80 questions on subjects ranging from their schools’ academics to their fellow students.
The “party school” category is one of 62 lists included in The Princeton Review’s annual rankings.
While UGA didn’t make the top 10 in the “party schools” category, a check of this year’s lists found UGA ranked fifth in the “lots of hard liquor” category and 17th in the “lots of beer” category.
For this year, Syracuse University finished at the top of The Princeton Review’s “party school” rankings, with the University of Iowa, the University of California at Santa Barbara, West Virginia University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign rounding out the top five spots.
Only one Southeastern Conference school placed in the top 10 of the party school rankings. The University of Florida was listed in the 10th spot on this year’s list of party schools.