BroBible's ranking of the best party schools in the country. For more about our methodology and rankings, read this explaination post.
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50. Miami University of Ohio - Oxford, Ohio
BroBible Party School Index Score: 44.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Green Beer Day, Zeta Tau Alpha's drunken formal at the zoo, Pi Beta Phi's puky, poopy formal, and Alpha Xi Delta trashing the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. (Which was terrible, for the record — Ed.)
"To understand why Miami goes so hard, you need to understand the type of people that go here. If you went on College Confidential (or similar websites) it might say you can find tons of different types of people at Miami. That's bullshit, you can't, they don't exist (fine, maybe they do, but you don't see them, ever). Miami students are rich, conservative, well-dressed, and love to rage. If you have an affinity for golf, Brooks Brothers, Bean boots, fleeces, throwback jerseys, alcohol, and hot girls, you will love it here. If you honestly care about more important things than that, you probably shouldn't come here. It's an extremely one-dimensional experience (though REALLY fun).
Sure, Farmer is a really good business school, and kids work really hard. But the difference is, the success of most kids' lives are not depending on how well they do in college. If you blow off studying to rage your face off it's not a big deal. I have more friends whose parents own companies than don't. This obviously leads to perpetually irresponsible binges.
In high school many kids got great test scores, mediocre GPA's, played varsity sports, and partied really hard. Miami is truly an extension of that.
The town of Oxford is designed around partying. Bordering campus are deep grids of tree-lined streets, exclusively housing Miami students. Many homes have signs on them and are "controlled" by Greek organizations as there annex houses. Each has six of seven annex houses. The best sorority is determined by hotness, the best fraternity is determined by who the hottest sorority parties with. Annex houses are everything. The better the house, the better the parties, the more girls, the better reputation. If you lose a good house and pick up a bad one (ex. bad location, no balconies, bad living room, no backyard), it can kill your rep.
Some kids go out six days (concerts/dueling piano man/karaoke/90s night (all at brick)), but most just go out Thurs-Sat. Parties start between 8-9:30 and go until midnight which is when everyone leaves and goes to the bars, and then late nights of course. There is a street going through Uptown with great shops/restaurants (go to sushi nara for sake bombs and la pinata for the dirty pinata), there are also about 10 bars.
On Fridays and Saturdays the bars are packed by noon (for beat the clock and broken clock). During the fall and spring there are outdoor day parties. If you were to walk down a mile long street you would see at least 15, spilling out into the street or in the backyard. There are usually 75-200 people at day parties. Six until ten on Saturday is usually nap time.
To really understand how hard Miami goes though, you have to come to syllabus week. Once you wait in line at bagel and deli for over an hour at 2:30am on a Tuesday morning you'll get it. There are thousands of students out, stumbling around. It's as packed as a music festival. It can be quite a shock to a Freshman's system."
"But honestly who doesn't love a campus wide "holiday" that celebrates green beer, drinking for 24 hours straight and a big middle finger to the administration?
The entire campus walks up at 2 AM on the Thursday before Spring Break to go to frat houses and drink green beer and eat scrambled eggs. The only break you have from drinking from 2AM Thursday to 2 AM Friday is your rally naps. No classes. Fuck classes, green beer is more important.
And not only is Miami the best because of Green Beer Day but also because most of our bars are 18 and up. As well as well have you seen the people who go to Miami? Not only are they going to go places in the world and make lots of money, just like their parents but "Beautiful People" should be our theme song. Have you ever seen so many hot guys and girls in the middle of nowhere? No matter who you end up with in your bed you won't wake up in the morning with any regrets.
And last but certainly not least - Home of the Frat."
"J. Crew U is a 'a work hard, play hard school,' where the fraternity and bar scenes are both awesome, as well as a ton of house parties. Students here put their grades first, but still know how to let their hair down. Greek life is a big part of the scene, as Oxford is know as The Mother of Fraternities for giving rise to Beta Theta Pi, Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Chi, along with Delta Zeta and Phi Kappa Tau."
49. SUNY Buffalo - Buffalo, New York
BroBible Party School Score: 45.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2003)
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: St. Patties Day, Fall Fest, Spring Fest
"4 a.m. bar closings, rage at the crib on either side of that. Unless you wanna go try your hand with questionable randos at the Downtown Club Scene. Whatever, Buffalonians know.
"For starters, we are located in New York State, the best state hands down. Toronto is about an hour and a half away. 4 a.m. bars, nuff said. And we have a proper winter around here, which tends to keep most of the 'cretons' indoors, while us wiley types get the run of the town. But hey, what is this a sociology paper? Solid music and srt scene around as well."
"Greek Life is a pretty small percentage of the overall student body at UB, but it's still there. The biggest scene is with the non-sanctioned off-campus fraternities, who easily rage the hardest. Sigma Alpha Mu, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Sigma, and Phi Delta Theta are all unrecognized and underground (made up of lots of brothers from Long Island), but rage hard. Like most colleges, there are quite a few pretty good house parties during rush at the beginning of the semster, but while they’re pledging there are a lot fewer of them. Everyone hits up the bars near South Campus, especially Northside (which is notoriously packed with freshmen), The Steer, Mojos, and Third Base. Basically some weekends are awesome and others consist of drinking in the dorms, which can be fun too."
48. Texas Christian University - Ft. Worth, Texas
BroBible Party School Score: 46
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2009), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football School Factor.
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Scene
"TCU is about 40% Greek, which drives the social scene.The local bars are dirty and also filled with frat stars. It's a preppy Texas school, so if you're a lazy bastard, poor, and for some reason hate football, TCU would be a shitty place to go. Our girls are some of the hottest in Texas, so you definitely have to be a frat star gentleman to get laid."
47. Plymouth State University - Plymouth, New Hampshire
BroBible Party School Score: 47
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2011, 2010, 1987), Newsweek Party School (2011)
Notorious Campus-wide Parties: Spring Fling
"Playboy had us at 9 in 2010 for a reason, we ski, we smoke, and we party. Plymouth State is also known as Party State to some. We go harder then anyone else in New Hampshire, and anyone in New England."
"Playboy called PSU 'Chock full of phys-ed majors and future nail pounders' in its very first party school issue. Only 5% of the student body makes up Greek life, so it's not really a big thing. However, there's a healthy mix of Bros and stoner chicks looking to drink, party, and hook-up."
46. New York University - New York City, New York
BroBible Party School Score: 47.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2003, 2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: New York City
"NYU is sort of an underground party school. There are even the rare frat/house parties (so fun), and of course the endless bars and clubs, with Still Bar being (one of many) an NYU favorite." via.
"People who absolutely love NYU fit into a few categories. They LOVE NYC and urban living, hate everything about the typical college experience (frats, quads, sports, nature, etc), are in Stern/Tisch, want to get ahead with internships and other opportunities presented in NYC, are extremely outgoing and can make friends in the often isolating & hostile social environment, are incredibly, incredibly independent, usually like fashion, and don't mind jumping into a social scene that is entirely motivated by money (clubs, bars, hookah, etc takes major cash people...kids on average probably spend over $130/weekend)." via.
"Not for someone looking for a 'true college experience' and school spirit, but it depends on what you want in life. NYU is far from the typical college party school, but that doesn't mean it's not social. The Greatest City in the World is your playground. Hot chicks everywhere."
45. Lehigh University - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
BroBible Party School Score: 50
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2007, 2006, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012), Playboy Party School (2009, 2002).
Notable Campus-wide Parties: The Rivalry (Lehigh-Lafayette Football Game).
"Frat, frat, frat. Lehigh frats harder than most. It's all about going Greek and partying on The Hill."
"The Lehigh and Lafayette football teams met in Easton, Pa., on Lafayette's campus for one of the oldest-standing college football rivalries' 146th meeting. Could I tell you who won the game or what the records were coming into the game? Not a chance. We headed down after catching word that it was one of the best tailgates around. Students and alumni from both schools packed March Field with a few objectives: to get f*cked up, hook up, listen to Electronica Oasis, and to not go to the game." via.
44. University of Oregon - Eugene, Oregon
BroBible Party School Score: 52
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2005), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Weekends
"There's only like three bars in Eugene that students go to, but Oregon's party scene is all about football, a lot of hot girls, and a lot of people who like trees. Everyone is pretty chill."
43. University of Delaware - Newark, Delaware
BroBible Party School Score: 55.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Newsweek Party School (2011), BroBible Editorial Selection
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Warm-weather day drinking, St. Patrick's Day
"You need a 3.5 to get into UDel, so most of the kids there are real smart, we all see on eye-level intellectually so there are never any fights or problems with parties getting broken up. Delaware students work every day to better themselves, but know life isn’t complete without a good time. Every Saturday -- at least when the weathers nice -- you can expect to wake up to bass of a nearby day drink. Delaware is in a college town, and everything the University has to offer is in walking distance, this allows us to get as hammered as we like without worrying about transportation. Most upper classmen live in off-campus houses, so they can literally throw massive parties with no rules (exception to UDPD). Parties are thrown every night, but the good ones are usually Thurs-Sun. Sunday Fundays are thrown by athletes who aren’t allowed to party on weeknights. I don’t know why, but our girls are extremely hot, all our sororities are packed with models and dancers. We are real close to big cities, so there’s always a nearby concert or game that we rent buses (to pregame on) and to go to. Every night a different main street bar has an event: Tuesday, Kildare’s karaoke; Thursdays, Rooney’s/Kate’s; Fridays, Timbo’s, ect. The school is fucking awesome. Sucks if you couldn’t get in."
"UDel hits a solid trifecta of sweet sports programs, frat life, and plentiful hot chicks from Jersey, Long Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the D.C. 'burbs. Newark's bar scene on Main Street is booze-friendly, too, with Grotto, Catherine Rooney’s, Deer Park, and Kildare’s all within walking distance of campus and most student housing. Only thing that sucks is the 1 am closing time."
42. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
BroBible Party School Score: 58
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2003), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Pregames, Welcome Week, Greenwood, Block Party, Mud Bowl, Hash Bash
"Not just limited just to frats, though there's plenty of those. Skeeps is legendary on Thursdays and Saturdays and Rick’s American Cafe is where everyone goes on Friday nights looking to hook-up after pre-gaming. Watch the Pregaming with Pat videos for how hard we go during football season."
"My favorite spot in Ann Arbor isn't the view from a frat house roof on a Football Saturday chanting "can't read, can't write" to future McDonald's employees (talking to you MSU), nor is it sitting on top of the Union on Thursday nights shotgunning beers while watching freshman flit betwen frat houses on Hill Street like horny moths to a dick flame. My favorite spot is the corner of South University and Church, where you can simultaneously view four of the best, and cheapest, bars on campus: Rick's American Cafe, Good Time Charley's, The Brown Jug, and The Blue Leprechaun. You might even see a dude dressed as a werewolf playing the violin who looks more like Gerard Butler after a shark bowl and a couple drunk texts. Two of these four bars have basement levels that promise SoCo lime shots on special and stairs you will only ever remember going down. Welcome to a college town where girls can wear heels all night, without having to take a campus bus from their sorority house to the bar, and back to your house. Bar scene not your thing? Worry not, ugly girls and guys, who wear all-white New Balance sneakers and cargo pants—besides being known for producing leaders, Michigan students are known for their open parties, darties, pregames and late nights. You can walk into any house during Winterfest, Mud Bowl, Greenwood Block Party, Nightmare on Elm Street, or any given Tuesday night and drink for free. Won't see any geeds walking around with a backpacks full of red solo cups and five dollar bills here. You might have to drink out of a some tupperware or a construction hat but we will get you drunk, and probably laid, all on top of making it to the Final Four." via.
41. DePauw University - Greencastle, Indiana
BroBible Party School Score: 59
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2004), Newsweek Party School (2012)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Monon Bell Weekend, Little 500
"Greek life is synonymous with your social life at DePauw. The school is like 75% Greek, so all the party action happens in the fraternity houses. We're also home to a smaller version of IU's Little 500."
41. Washington State University - Pullman, Washington
BroBible Party School Score: 59
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2009, 2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Life, The Dunes
"A.K.A.: Wasted State University. There is nothing to do in Pullman besides drink, which is why the Cougs are one of the best schools to rage your face off in the Northwest. Easily the fratiest public school in this part of the country."
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