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Princeton Review party schools of 2010 were announced Monday. University of Georgia is at the top of this year’s infamous party school list. UGA officials deflected the party school news by pointing out that the school finished high in other, more respectable categories of the Princeton Review college rankings. For the 13th straight year, Mormon college Brigham Young University was the anti-party college, topping the list of “stone-cold sober schools.

UGA no stranger to the party school list

Since the Princeton party school rankings started in 1992, UGA has made the list 10 times. The university claimed the top spot for the first time this year. The Associated Press reports that nearly 100 bars surround the UGA campus in the small town of Athens, Ga. From August to May each year, parties are a fact of student life. For many students the weekend begins on Thursdays and doesn’t end until class on Monday morning. The list is not one any school wants to lead, a UGA spokesperson told AP. He would rather emphasize the fact that other Princeton Review college rankings such as the top 50 “Best Values” list and the “Green Honor Roll” of the most environmentally conscious campuses included UGA.

Princeton party school list heavy on state universities

AOL News said that freshman boys and girls bound for UGA probably got a little more excited about the upcoming school year when the Princeton Review party school rankings were released. Most of the top 10 usually includes state schools and 2010 follows that pattern. Coming in just behind UGA was Ohio University in nearby Athens. UGA beat out the top Princeton party schools of the past three years: Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University and University of Florida.

UGA’s Princeton party school ranking well-deserved

Even though it started several initiatives to cut down on student drinking and temper the school’s party image, UGA rose to the top of the Princeton party school rankings. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that UGA has implemented harsh penalties for students busted for drinking and violating football game day tailgating rules.

After a September 2009 football game, UGA tailgaters trashed the school’s historic North Campus with about 70 tons of garbage. There were reports of intoxicated students urinating and defecating on campus buildings. To make matters worse, a drunken driving arrest last month forced athletic director Damon Evans to resign. Before Evans was arrested, he taped public service announcements for the university urging students not to drink and drive.

The 2010 Princeton party school list

Student responses concerning alcohol and drug use, hours spent studying and the popularity of Greek life were used by the Princeton Review to rank the top 20 party schools:

1. University of Georgia

2. Ohio University, Athens

3. Pennsylvania State University

4. West Virginia University

5. University of Mississippi

6. The University of Texas, Austin

7. University of Florida

8. University of California, Santa Barbara

9. University of Iowa

10. DePauw University

11. Florida State University

12. University of Wisconsin, Madison

13. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

14. Sewanee — The University of the South

15. Indiana University, Bloomington

16. University of Colorado, Boulder

17. University of Missouri

18. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

19. University of Maryland, College Park

20. Michigan State University


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