Poll ranks Georgia top party school



ATLANTA --- The University of Georgia won a national title this year -- top party school.

The Princeton Review announced Monday that Georgia is the No. 1 party school on its infamous ranking. The school of about 30,000 students has been on the list 10 times since the ranking was created in 1992, but this is the first time the university has taken the top spot.

For the campus -- surrounded by almost 100 bars in downtown Athens -- parties are just part of weekend life from August to May each year.

"That's what people look forward to starting Thursday -- Thursday night is the new Friday night," said junior Andrew Chappell, 20. "The party atmosphere is such a big part of Georgia."

University spokesman Tom Jackson said he'd rather emphasize that the school made Princeton Review's top 50 "Best Values" list or the "Green Honor Roll" of the most environmentally conscious campuses.

Georgia beat out Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University and University of Florida -- which were the top party schools over the past three years. Those three made the top 10 this year, while Ohio University ranked second.

The ranking comes after years of work by University of Georgia administrators to tone down the party atmosphere.

Since 2006, when a student died of an overdose of alcohol, cocaine and heroin, university police have been hauling underage drinkers to jail rather than simply giving them a ticket. Administrators call parents on the first offense and suspend a student for two semesters after the second alcohol violation.

The school's efforts weren't helped when Athletic Director Damon Evans stepped down last month after being charged with drunken driving.

The ranking is based on e-mail surveys of 122,000 students at more than 370 colleges.


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