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The Princeton Review: Top Party Colleges or Where I Don't Want My Kid to Go

Hitting the Beer Instead of the Books

I am a fuddy-duddy. Not in all aspects of my life, but when it comes to my daughter I have a slew of unreasonable and irrational fears. But that seems to be par for the course for us parents, or so my friends tell me.

Although my young daughter is just six, I can’t help but envision her life spanning out before her from elementary school to high school and then the big day when we send her off to college. The biggie in my mind is her selection of a college, where I daydream of her being immersed in books, getting into deep discussions with her fellow students and studying, studying, and doing even more studying. Yes, I have some pretty ridiculous dreams but I do hope that she goes for a college based on what is best for her planned major and interests rather than adhering to a list like this one the top 20 party schools. This is a list that the Princeton Review puts out each year and the new rankings were released this week in their Best 377 Colleges 2013 Edition, so what schools made the top ten?

1. West Virginia University, Morgantown
2. University of Iowa, Iowa City
3. Ohio University, Athens
4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5. University of Georgia, Athens
6. University of Florida, Gainesville
7. University of California-Santa Barbara
8. Florida State University, Tallahassee
9. Miami University of Ohio, Oxford
10. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

West Virginia University has quite a reputation to uphold: they’ve been on the list 12 times in last 21 years. They also came in number one in 2007 and 1997. But the title of being the number one party school doesn’t seem to be something that WVU is proud of. “If you look at the schools on this list, they are mostly large, public universities with strong academic and research profiles, as well as highly successful athletic programs,” WVU spokeswoman Becky Lofstead said. “But in the big picture, clearly this list has no real credibility.” She went on to defend the school adding, “as always, we focus on celebrating and supporting WVU’s long history of academic achievements. Our students, faculty, alumni, parents and friends have made it clear that is their focus as well.”

As for the most sober colleges, here are the top 10 for teetotalers:

1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.
3. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
4. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut
5. Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.
6. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
7. City University of New York- Brooklyn College
8. Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.
9. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
10. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Brigham Young University has the honor of coming in at number one for the 15th straight year, but really, that isn’t much of surprise, is it?

Would you steer your child away from attending a “party school” or would that not be an issue in your family’s decision making process?

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