AirTalk for August 12, 2013

Top party schools unveiled: did your alma mater make the list?

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How does a high ranking on a 'party school' list affect its image?

The University of Iowa is ranked the number one party school in the country as part of the latest Princeton Review rankings. Last year, Princeton Review ranked West Virginia University number one, but this year WVU dropped to fourth place. University of California, Santa Barbara, is ranked number two. On the other end of the spectrum, the Princeton Review also ranked the top sober schools, with Pepperdine University coming in at number 17.  

 Princeton Review's Top 10 "Party Schools" for 2013-2014
1. University of Iowa
2. University of California at Santa Barbara
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4. West Virginia University
5. Syracuse University
6. University of Florida
7. Ohio University at Athens
8. University of Wisconsin at Madison
9. Pennsylvania State University at University Park
10. Lehigh University

If you’re a parent, would you care if the school your son or daughter went to a school on the top party schools list? Is your alma mater a party school? Do rankings like this help or hurt a school’s reputation? How much do these rankings matter?


Rob Franek, publisher, The Princeton Review

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