College
by Andy Moore on August 6, 2012

Kidding, of course. Nearly everyone who joined a fraternity in college can probably find a problem here, at least with the methodology that Newsweek has used to list its top 25 college fraternities.

The website used “money donated by fraternity foundations,” “former U.S. presidents,” and “former U.S. congressmen” as three of the four main factors in the decision. Seriously, those were three of the four indicators. How many presidents your fraternity has produced apparently matters that much. The fourth—active collegiate chapters—does at least make a little more sense. 

Here's the top 10 (head to Newsweek to see the rest of the list):

10.  Alpha Phi Alpha (AΦA)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 414
Number of Congressional Alumni: 6
Number of Presidential Alumni: n/a
Funds donated through the Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation to 501(c)(3)s: $0

9.  Kappa Alpha Order (KA)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 124
Number of Congressional Alumni: 5
Number of Presidential Alumni: n/a
Funds donated through the Kappa Alpha Order Foundation to 501(c)(3)s: $118,115

8.  Sigma Phi Epsilon (ΣΦE)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 240
Number of Congressional Alumni: n/a
Number of Presidential Alumni: n/a
Funds donated through the Sigma Phi Epsilon Foundation to 501(c)(3)s: $219,538

7.  Alpha Gamma Rho (AΓP)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 70
Number of Congressional Alumni: 4
Number of Presidential Alumni: n/a
Funds donated through the Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation to 501(c)(3)s: $1,397,891

6.  Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEΠ)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 155
Number of Congressional Alumni: 1
Number of Presidential Alumni: n/a
Funds donated through the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation to 501(c)(3)s: $178,067

5.  Sigma Nu (ΣN)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 175
Number of Congressional Alumni: 8
Number of Presidential Alumni: n/a
Funds donated through the Sigma Nu Foundation to 501(c)(3)s:$143,921

4.  Theta Chi (ΘX)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 133
Number of Congressional Alumni: 2
Number of Presidential Alumni: n/a
Funds donated through the Theta Chi Foundation to 501(c)(3)s:$278,962

3.  Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 123
Number of Congressional Alumni: 3
Number of Presidential Alumni: 1
Funds donated through the Phi Gamma Delta Foundation to 501(c)(3)s: $424,525

2.  Sigma Alpha Epsilon (ΣAE)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 246
Number of Congressional Alumni: 9
Number of Presidential Alumni: 1
Funds donated through the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation to 501(c)(3)s: $242,225

1.  Sigma Chi (ΣX)

Active Collegiate Chapters: 246
Number of Congressional Alumni: 11
Number of Presidential Alumni: 1
Funds donated through the Sigma Chi Foundation to 501(c)(3)s:$1,436,883

Luckily for us, it seems Newsweek went on the anti-Princeton Review route and focused mainly on more of the good stuff to rank, ignoring crap like “best libraries” or “best professor-student interaction.” Namely, they also did a list of top 25 party schools, basing their choices on on-campus arrests for drugs and alcohol (wait, what?), along with the Princeton Review's rankings on much beer drunk and biggest party schools.

The top five doesn't look that different from the usual list of schools that make the rounds on Playboy and the Princeton Review's annual lists (check out the full list here):

5. Union College (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,260
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Drugs: 129
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Alcohol: 586
On-campus Arrests, Drugs: 0
On-campus Arrests, Alcohol: 0
Princeton Review Party School Rank: n/a
Princeton Review Beer Drinking Rank: 13

4. Ohio University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 21,655
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Drugs: 126
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Alcohol: 521
On-campus Arrests, Drugs: 131
On-campus Arrests, Alcohol: 186
Princeton Review Party School Rank: 1
Princeton Review Beer Drinking Rank: 6

3. University of Colorado-Boulder

Undergraduate Enrollment: 26,530
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Drugs: 1,404
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Alcohol: 1,870
On-campus Arrests, Drugs: 351
On-campus Arrests, Alcohol: 710
Princeton Review Party School Rank: n/a
Princeton Review Beer Drinking Rank: n/a

2. Pennsylvania State University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 38,954
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Drugs: 199
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Alcohol: 475
On-campus Arrests, Drugs: 225
On-campus Arrests, Alcohol: 742
Princeton Review Party School Rank: 7
Princeton Review Beer Drinking Rank: 1

1. West Virginia University

Undergraduate Enrollment: 22,711
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Drugs: 104
On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Alcohol: 1,501
On-campus Arrests, Drugs: 205
On-campus Arrests, Alcohol: 551
Princeton Review Party School Rank: 6
Princeton Review Beer Drinking Rank: 8

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