UF No. 6, FSU No. 8 on 'Party School' List

By: Jim Turner | Posted: August 21, 2012 12:00 PM
Gators Rank 5th in Nation for Party Schools
It’s a national ranking administrators don’t highlight to parents, but is sure to raise a few cheers across campuses and from some alumni.

The University of Florida and Florida State University have landed, once again, in the top 10 among Princeton Review’s list of ‘Party Schools.’

Florida colleges, private and public, are scattered across the latest lists by the Princeton Review, an educational services company based in Farmingham, Mass., and not affiliated with Princeton University.   But the one list that is going to get everyone’s attention -- positively for some, negatively for others – comes for what happens outside of class and usually with an intoxicant or two, or six.

For those insisting on bragging rights, the Gators topped the Seminoles on the ‘Party School’ list, sixth place to eighth.   

And for the record, FSU and UF are on other lists by Princeton Review involving intoxicants.

“A top-tier research institute” that “is full of bright students who still know how to have fun,” the Princeton Review wrote of the University of Florida.

Florida State was noted for strong academics but that students tended to choose the school for its sports teams.

“Florida State University is ‘a large, sports-oriented, research-intensive state school that has a niche for everybody, as long as you are willing to search,’” the Review wrote.

The party school ranking is mixed with all sorts of other lists -- ranging from academics, quality of life and campus life to social scene, extracurricular and town life -- intended to help students and parents make their college selections as part of the 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges.”

The rankings, released Monday, are based upon surveys of 122,000 students in the prior school year.

Students at UF and FSU were also high on intramurals, watching the intercollegiate teams and, it shouldn’t come as a surprise, doing the least amount of studying. FSU may need to brush up on the not-studying because here they topped the Gators, yet somehow it didn't translate into improved partying.

Florida Southern College in Lakeland, which is the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, topped the national list for ‘Most Beautiful Campus.’

The University of South Florida in Tampa was placed on a list that should require the most introspection from administrators: ‘Least Accessible Professors.’

FSU Tailgating
While UF and FSU took the stereotypical slant as jock/party schools, New College of Florida, the state’s honors college in Sarasota, went another route.

The liberal arts college scored top 20 placements in categories that included: ‘Most Liberal Students,’ ‘Most Politically Active Students,’ ‘Nobody Plays Intramural Sports,’ ‘Class Discussion Encouraged.’ ’Best Food,’ and ‘Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians.’

Yes, ‘Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians’ was an actual category.

By the way, West Virginia University topped the ‘Party School’ list, followed in the top 10 by the University of Iowa, Ohio University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Georgia, UF, University of California-Santa Barbara, FSU, Miami University of Ohio, and Syracuse University.

Florida schools top 20 rankings

University of Florida, Gainesville

Party School, No. 6

Lots of Beer, No. 5

Lots of Hard Liquor, No. 17

Everyone Plays Intramural Sports, No. 16

Students Pack the Stadium, No. 3

Students Study the Least, No. 19

Best Career Services, No. 6

Jock Schools, No. 2

Florida State University, Tallahassee

Party School, No. 8

Greek Life, No. 18

Lots of Beer, No. 11

Everyone Plays Intramural Sports, No. 20

Students Pack the Stadium, No. 4

Students Study the Least, No. 7

Jock School, No. 7

New College of Florida, Sarasota

Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians, No. 9

Best Food, No. 2

Most Politically Active Students, No. 5

Most Liberal Students, No. 19

Nobody Plays Intramural Sports, No. 2

There’s A Game? No. 5

Class Discussion Encouraged, No. 20

Great Financial Aid, No. 3

Flagler College, St. Augustine

Best Food, No. 14

Florida Southern College, Lakeland

Most Beautiful Campus, No. 1

Everyone Plays Intramural Sports, No. 11

University of South Florida, Tampa

Least Accessible Professors, No. 7.

Reach Jim Turner at jturner@sunshinestatenews.com or at (772) 215-9889.

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