MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Madison topped a list of the nation’s best party schools released Monday despite a decade-long effort by the university to reduce its reputation for heavy drinking.
Meanwhile, Brigham Young University led “stone cold sober” schools for the eighth straight year.
The rankings are based on survey responses regarding alcohol and drug use, hours of study each day and the number of students in fraternities and sororities.
UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley dismissed the report as “junk science that results in a day of national media coverage.”
But the chairman of the campus student government said many students would take pride in the ranking considering the university’s other reputation as a top academic institution. U.S. News and World Report magazine ranked UW-Madison No. 34 among national universities in its annual survey last week.
“It just shows that we work hard, but we play hard also,” said Eric Varney, of the Associated Students of Madison.
The list is based on online surveys of more than 110,000 college students and is included in the Princeton Review’s “Best 361 Colleges.”
Other Top 10 party schools were Ohio University-Athens, Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, University of California-Santa Barbara, State University of New York at Albany, Indiana University-Bloomington, University of Mississippi, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Loyola University New Orleans.