UGA slips a bit on annual party list, but still in top 5

Amid all the discussion this weekend about college rankings in light of the Emory scandal, here is one list where administrators hope for a low ranking: Top party schools in the country.

The University of Georgia ranks No. 5 on the annual Princeton Review list, which is informed by student surveys.

This list is essentially meaningless when you consider the size of the campuses involved. The top contenders are major universities with thousands of students. That Agnes Scott, a school with 880 students, ranks low on the partying count, and UGA, with 26,000 undergrads, ranks high should surprise or influence no one.

According to the AJC:

UGA comes in at No. 5 in rankings released Monday by the Princeton Review’s 2013 edition of “Best 377 Colleges,” the Associated Press reports, behind West Virginia University, the University of Iowa, Ohio University and the University of Illinois.

Georgia was No. 1 on the Princeton Review list in 2011 and No. 2 in 2012.

The rankings are based on surveys of 122,000 students who answered 80 questions about academics, administration, campus life, student body and themselves, AP reports.

Rounding out the top 10 party schools are the University of Florida, University of California-Santa Barbara, Florida State University, Miami University of Ohio and Syracuse University.

Two Georgia schools were ranked among the most “stone cold sober” campuses — Wesleyan College in Macon and Agnes Scott in Decatur.

Here are the rankings:

Party Schools

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.

11. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

12. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

13. University of Wisconsin-Madison

14. University of Mississippi

15. University of Texas-Austin

16. University of Maryland, College Park

17. University of South Carolina, Columbia

18. James Madison University, Harrisonburg Va.

19. University of Maine, Orono

20. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Stone-cold sober schools

1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

3. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

4. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.

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.

11. City University of New York-City College

12. City University of New York-Queens-Hunter College, Flushing, N.Y.

13. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.

14. Agnes Scott College, Atlanta-Decatur, Ga.

15. Simmons College, Boston

16. U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

17. Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif.

18. Becker College, Worcester, Mass.

19. Cooper Union for the Advancement of New York

20. California State University-Stanislaus, Turlock, Calif

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

31 comments Add your comment


August 20th, 2012
3:42 pm

Well, 3 of my four colleges are on there. Whew, I am glad UGA kept its ranking! One less thing to worry about, you know?

My daughters graduated from Wesleyan and Agnes Scott. Glad to hear things are so sober there!

Hillbilly D

August 20th, 2012
3:48 pm

A large number of people, back in my day, went away to college to party on Daddy’s dime and put off adulthood for 4 years. Guess that will never change.


August 20th, 2012
3:50 pm

@ Sky's Place

August 20th, 2012
4:08 pm

Better than the gators…again. Go Dawgs!!!


August 20th, 2012
4:49 pm

I don’t want to hear a word about student loan forgiveness from any student or parent associated with a top party school! Party on your own dime.

Good ole Boys at the Gold Dome

August 20th, 2012
5:03 pm

Number 5 in party school,number 6 in the AP football ranking.All I care about is number 1 in the BCS at the end of the season.GO DAWGS!!!!

Woofy One

August 20th, 2012
5:52 pm

Dang we slipped !


August 20th, 2012
6:02 pm

Bet there is cheating on this ranking too.


August 20th, 2012
6:03 pm

Athens is a great town. I have been to lots of college towns in the southeast and they just dont compare to Athens.


August 20th, 2012
6:22 pm

At least our education system excels at something beside cheating, corruption, and drop outs.


August 20th, 2012
6:33 pm

Nothing like Cheering On a PROUD LIST Of DRUNKS!

May they MAIM and INJURE only themselves, as they DRIVE to and FROM in their DRUNKEN STUPOR!


August 20th, 2012
6:56 pm

The tradition continues in Athens, Georgia. What does Yarborough call it…”The classic city of the south”. LOL

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

August 20th, 2012
7:36 pm

My alma mater is fifth-ranked in partying and sixth-ranked in football. But what’s UGA’s ranking in graduate contribution to our society? Is a drunken, Greek tail wagging our Dawg?


August 20th, 2012
7:44 pm

@ Digger. That is really funny!!

Mary Elizabeth

August 20th, 2012
7:57 pm

Both of the colleges that I attended are on the “Stone-cold sober schools” list, so I guess the list is pretty valid!

Judge Smails

August 20th, 2012
7:59 pm

I meant Bernie…Whatever.


August 20th, 2012
8:09 pm

I remember my Freshman year in college, a Saturday football game, students dressed in 3 piece suits and fancy prom dresses. One gentleman in a three piece suit was carrying his jpassed out date, who was dressed in a prom gown, over his shoulder, heading for his dorm room. It was raining, both were sopping wet, and had mud on their fancy clothes. I have no idea who was playing the game! Watching the fans was much more fun.

Fred ™

August 20th, 2012
8:20 pm

Woo Hoo. We FINALLY beat the Gators at something………

Old Physics Teacher

August 20th, 2012
10:32 pm

Just think, somewhere there’s a UGA grad with a 3.8 GPA interviewing for a job against an Agnes Scott grad with a 3.8 GPA with a recruiter who just read this article. How do you think he feels about the Princeton Review?

William Casey

August 20th, 2012
11:00 pm

I feel the same way about “partying” as I do about “education.” If that’s what you’re about, you can find it at ANY school.


August 21st, 2012
5:52 am

Why can’t the UGA President request that our school be left off the list? This is nothing to proud of. It’s sad how many young alcoholics are created by this “party” environment.

Pardon My Blog

August 21st, 2012
6:20 am

@Bernie – you seem so angry and so full of hate on this blog and others. Remember, what we wish on others usually will come back to hurt us the most.

@William Casey – well said and so true. It all depends on the group you hang around with. Don’t tell the Rugby players they don’t know how to party!

Howard Finkelstein

August 21st, 2012
7:44 am

Thank goodness they stayed in the top 5…*WHEW*

Another view

August 21st, 2012
8:26 am

Is this a BCS ranking by a computer?


August 21st, 2012
8:41 am

The age was 18 when I was at UGA, and all this getting arrested/sent home etc. was for the birds. As a matter of fact, the Pandora in ‘78 or ‘79 had an opening statement: “The #1 sport at UGA is not football!” Then it went on and showed pictures of different mixed drinks and how to make them. The age still should be 18……..keg parties in the dorm and all. What a crock it is now…..acting like college kids ain’t gonna party. And yes, some of us went out into the real world and did okay……….


August 21st, 2012
11:58 am


DeKalb Conservative

August 22nd, 2012
10:59 am

I love the arrogance of Baby Boomers passing judgement. If I’ve learned anything from my parents and grandparents it is that everyone has stories.

I am often critical of Gen Y, but now, I’m not as sure. Many have a “work hard / play hard approach” to life. They are probably just out in the open a little more than their parents were. I’ve often found that members of Gen Y get into significant trouble over things that their parents would have had swept under the rug.


August 22nd, 2012
8:33 pm

Good to see UGA ranked in the national top ten in SOMETHING! I do think as a party school though, Georgia Southern deserves at least an honorable ( ? ) mention!


August 22nd, 2012
10:43 pm

Pardon My Blog @ 6:20 am – May you see them coming headlong to you in the wrong lane and only then you will see the wisdom of my words!


August 22nd, 2012
10:46 pm

Heika @ 11:58 am – May You see the humor of your words as the EMT’s cut you from the wreackage of one the many ones who have be drinking excessively, after a long night of partying…..and you will LIVE!


August 22nd, 2012
10:48 pm

Judge Smails @ 7:59 pm – I will say the same of you…after reading your OBITUARY after your chance run in into ONE of them on HWY-78, one dark, late weekend evening….