BroBible's ranking of the best party schools in the country. For more about our methodology and rankings, read this post.
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25. University of Vermont - Burlington, Vermont
BroBible Party School Score: 103
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2012, 2005, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012, 2011), Playboy Party School (1987)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: 4/20, Naked Bike Ride, Springfest
"We're not really known for our drinking scene, since it's pretty underplayed by the pot scene, but the house parties are sick. Kegs, thirties, bottles. EVERYWHERE. Best DJ's in any campus (Pierce Fulton went there), so everyone's always raging."
24. University of New Hampshire - Durham, New Hampshire
BroBible Party School Index Score: 106
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Priceton Review Party School (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2012),
Notable Campus-wide Parties: N/A
"Put 15,000 college kids in the middle of no where and UNH quickly becomes known as drUNHk. Though Greek Life is only about 10% of the total student population, UNH's Frat Row is one of the finest college party hotspots in the nation."
23. San Diego State University - San Diego, California
BroBible Party School Index Score: 112
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2009, 2006, 2002, 1987)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Sigma Chi's Reggae Sunsplash Party
"It's Cali, so everyone smokes. Pool parties and SoCal sunshine everywhere. Weekend day drinking at Pacific Beach bars on the beach. Also, there's Sigma Chi's famous Reggae Sunsplash Party that Playboy ranked one of the best parties in the country a few years ago. One year it had two pools, two swim up bars, two cabanas, a shipwrecked boat, 10 stages, and a shit load of sand. Oh: 14,003 women and 10,587 men. The odds are seriously stacked in your favor, Bro."
22. University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tennessee
BroBible Party School Index Score: 116.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002), Playboy Party School (2011, 2006)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Greek Life
"Wine enema butt-chugging. 'Nuff said."
21. Tulane University - New Orleans, Lousiana
BroBible Party School Score: 127
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2010, 2009, 2006, 2003, 2002), Playboy Party School (2012, 2002), BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Mardi Gras, SAE Cowboy Christmas, KA November Rain, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Voodoo Experience
"Because it is in New Orleans. We have Mardi Gras, the Saints, Greek Life, hot sloots from the Northeast with absolutely no moral compass, and a general citywide disregard for enforcing the law (sorta). Most importantly, the acceptance rate is lower than Boston College's, so the student population is generally mentally competent, with the exception of the occasional shitstain who orders Molly to his fraternity house."
20. University of Southern California - Los Angeles, California
BroBible Party School Score: 132.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Newsweek Party School (2011), Playboy Party School (2012), Football School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays, Fountain Run, Greek Life
"Pretty much a bigger University of Miami in Southern California. Girls are hot and rich. Our frat castles are some of the best in the nation."
"At USC there may not be bloody riots or mass mobs of intoxicated co-eds, but what we lack in size we more than compensate for in quantity. At no other university in the country will you have Formal Invites to Catalina Island on a private chartered yacht with all the glorious alcohol you can drink, the Playboy Suite rented out for your Spring Vegas formal accompanied by rooms at the Palms Hotel, 4-star reservations in San Francisco for the yearly weekender (when we play either Cal or Stanford and the campus migrates north), or go on invites and exchanges with sororities (filled with undeniably the most attractive women in the country) to top clubs and venues throughout the greater L.A. area where a premium open bar awaits. Bottom line is that no one is getting the experience we are. As a kid from the Midwest, I love gloating to my friends about what we do on a weekly basis, all of whom go to schools on the various top party school lists and most of whom are ranked higher than me.
Given the opportunity I know for a fact that any single one of them would leave their frigid schools and head back to Cali in Notorious B.I.G. fashion. Friends and brothers of my house have guests from out of town come all the time and almost 90% of the time the kids come from other 'top party schools' and can't make it past our pre-games and end up passed out fetus position in some random house. No where else in the country are people having the partying experience that we live week in and week out. And I didn't even talk about the registers or tailgates. Also Andy Enfield and his smokeshow of a wife are our new basketball coaches. Instead of paying players in benefits from boosters, he's just gonna front the whole thing now (get it? 'Cause he's worth over 100mill)."
"Fountain Run is insane. All the seniors get drunk and run through all the fountains around campus. There's like 30 or 40 fountains or something and things get pretty ridiculous."
19. University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
BroBible Party School Index Score:154
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2004), Newsweek Party School (2011), Basketball School Factor
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Unoffical
"When thinking about the University of Illinois nightlife the first thing that comes to mind with students on campus is the bar scene. The bars are always active, the main ones being Red Lion, Joes, Clybournes, and Kams. The one aspect that I believe makes our campus such a great party school are these bars, and the fact that the admittance age is only 19 (still 21 to be served alcohol). With other campuses, many underage party seekers are forced to resort to house parties and smaller apartment parties. While there are still many house, apartment, and fraternity parties, the bars are by far the most popular hangouts.
"Another aspect that creates a great party atmosphere is the large Greek involvement. Not only do the fraternities and sororities here party very hard, but they also basically run the bars. Almost every person working at the bars is in a sorority or fraternity, which draws large crowds of Greeks. On any given week night certain bars are packed, and Thursday-Saturday every bar is extremely crowded."
"Unofficial is the phrase commonly used to describe the Friday prior to St. Patrick's day at The University of Illinois. The holiday began when students realized St. Patrick's Day was falling on Spring Break, and they would not be able to celebrate it. The day is marked by bars opening at 8 in the morning, kegs on front lawns, students from nearly all Big Ten schools flooding the campus to celebrate by drinking obscene amounts of alcohol. It has been said that more drinking occurs on Unofficial at U of I than occurs at many other school's entire years. People go to class and take quizzes wasted, campus police guard the large lecture halls, city police guard the residence halls, and best of all, the drinking goes on ALL DAY LONG. God bless America."
18. University of Miami - Coral Gables, Florida
BroBible Party School Index Score: 167
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Playboy Party School (2010, 2009, 1987), Football School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties:
Testimonial #1, via Waffles McButter:
"Like most able-cocked young gents, I didn't give a shit about prestige; I went to school there because on my initial visit I saw a bevy of hot chicks all wearing next to nothing, and to an impressionable young man that was really all the convincing I needed. Miami is one of the most expensive schools in the country, so unless a chick is on scholarship you can assume her daddy's pockets are deeper than Jenna Jameson's vag*nal socket. Girls represent the majority of the student body (by a narrow margin) and they come from all ends of the earth and all parts of the country. On top of all that, if you are looking for a college experience where promiscuity is the norm, the females at University of Miami can certainly help to fulfill all your carnivorous needs.
"Sorority life at Miami is f*ckin' weak. Its mediocrity can most likely be attributed to Miami being a private school with roughly 10,000 undergrads and an abundance of foreigners who attend the school and have no real interest in Greek life. But to be blatantly honest, Greek life at UM, in general, is sub-par.
"Partying at The U is an experience most incoming freshman are ill-prepared for. Fraternity parties and off-campus ragers are few and far between thanks to the ample nightlife surrounding University of Miami's Coral Gables campus. At best, those parties serve as ample pre-game before you head out. There is a reasonably decent bar scene in Coconut Grove (e.g. (Tavern, Sandbar, Mr. Moes) on some nights, but starting around 2005 a vast majority of the partying at the University of Miami started taking place at clubs, bars, and lounges on South Beach, which is located less than 20 minutes from campus. Suffice it to say, it helps to be of age if you want to experience all that The U's party scene has to offer."
17. University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Alabama
BroBible Party School Index Score: 174
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2011, 2009, 2008, 2003, 2002), Newsweek Party School (2011), Football School Factor, BroBible Editorial Pick
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays
"Because we celebrate National 'Fuckin' Championships annually now.... anything else?"
"Although it lacks the glitz, glamour, and club scene of colleges located in major metropolises, Alabama is a mammoth party school and the students tend to conduct their merrymaking in the same manner as Lionel Richie. All. Night. Long. In terms of house parties, anything great goes through a fraternity house first, and the biggest shit fests are always fraternity related. When students are in the mood to head to the bars, they usually go to the Strip or downtown T-town. Some bars frequented by students include: The Back Porch, The Yard, Cheap Shots, Buffalo Phil's, Harry's, and The Houndstooth. In the SEC it is nearly impossible to find a school that doesn't have a first-class Greek system and 'Bama is no exception. While fraternities aren't the only social scene, they play a major role and that's in large part to the fact that all good frat houses on campus aren't dry -- making them the perfect breeding grounds for constant boozing. The fraternities on campus can be fractioned into two groups: Old Row and New Row. Old Row has bigger houses, more money, and more bros, so naturally they pull the best ass on campus and throw down the hardest. DKE, SAE, Sigma Nu, and KA are the big four on Old Row while Theta Chi, Sigma Chi, Pike, and Lambda Chi also throw down pretty hard and get a respectable share of ass."
16. University of Mississippi - Oxford, Mississippi
BroBible Party School Index Score: 184.5
Notable Party Reputation Accomplishments: Princeton Review Party School (2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005), Newsweek Party School (2011), Playboy Party School (2002)
Notable Campus-wide Parties: Football Saturdays at The Grove, The Greek Scene, Double Decker Weekend
"Tailgating at the The Grove is an experience like no other. For starters, it's nothing like you're typical tailgate up in Yankeeland. This is a classy, dressed up affair. Secondly: No beer allowed. There's a county law that prohibits beer but not liquor, so on Gameday everyone is throwing back Solo cups of Bloody Marys and Makers."
"No school has more hot girls who can rock the hell out of a sundress quite like Ole Miss."
"Greek scene is one of the finest in the South."
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