So the announcement was made yesterday that UGA was named the No. 1 party school in the USA by the Princeton Review.
It’s made the list many, many times in the past. The school is not happy about it and would rather tout its awards for top value or environmentally friendly school.
“The college has landed on the top 20 party list compiled by the Princeton Review for 10 of the past 13 years, but this is the first time it finished in the top spot. Students, channeling their inner “Bluto” Blutarsky from “Animal House,” posted “We’re No. 1!” on Facebook and Twitter. A few wondered how this national title would fit in the trophy case.”
“University leaders took the Dean Wormer approach, viewing the list as sobering news. After all, this isn’t the top-ranking leaders were hoping for. Especially as administrators have worked for years to cut down on underage drinking by throwing offenders in jail or calling their parents following a first offense.”
” ‘UGA has been on the party school list for a while, but it’s one we prefer not to lead,” spokesman Tom Jackson said in a statement. ‘We’d rather focus on the Green Honor Roll listing as a top environmentally conscious campus or the top 50 ‘Best Values’ listing.’ (Both those rankings also came from the Princeton Review.)”
“It’s hard to shake the party image in Athens, where nearly 100 bars are located. Beyond the bars, there are countless house parties where drinking games reign. For example, beer pong enthusiasts throw pingpong balls across a table, trying to land them in cups of beer at the other end. The loser drinks the remaining beer in the winner’s cups.”
“ ‘UGA does have a party atmosphere, there’s always a party going on,’ said Catherine Hobbs, a senior with a double major in finance and sports management. ‘This list is funny. It sounds crazy, almost like a cool factor. But people need to understand the parties go on at night. We do actually go to class and study.’ ”
Lots of questions on this one:
So does this list help the “cool” factor of the school? Would it actually attract teenagers to want to come to Georgia for this reason?
On other hand would this type of “honor” actually ward you off from a school? Would you not want your child to go to a school known for its partying?
Do you think they actually party less at other schools or there would be less risk of party-related problems at other colleges?
Are 18-year-olds even aware this list exists? Do they care about any of the titles, honor or awards schools actually win?
What more could Georgia do to shed that party image?