Top Sober and Party Schools in the U.S.

    August 5, 2013
    Lindsay McCane
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On Monday, The Princeton Review released its 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges”. Included in the book is the lists of the Top 20 party schools and the Top 20 sober schools.

The students who are attending the colleges were asked 80 questions about their college experiences, The Princeton Review said. A total of 126,000 students were surveyed. “Our purpose is not to crown one college ‘best’ overall, but to give applicants the resources and campus feedback they need to choose, get into, pay for, and graduate with a job from the college that’s best for them,” Robert Franek, the author of the book and The Princeton Review senior vice president, said.


1. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2. University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.

3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.

4. West Virginia University, Morgantown W. Va.

5. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

6. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

7. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

8. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

9. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

11. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

12. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

13. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

14. University of Mississippi, University, Miss.

15. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

16. Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio

17. University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

18. Tulane University, New Orleans, La.

19. University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

20. University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.


1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

3. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.

4. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif.

5. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

6. Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.

7. Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.

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

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

10. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

11. City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.

12. City University of New York-City College, New York City

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

14. Mills College, Oakland, Calif.

15. Agnes Scott College, Atlanta/Decatur, Ga.

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

17. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

18. Simmons College, Boston

19. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.

20. Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

  • http://Yahoo.com Shirley Boone

    I glad to finally see the top 20 Sober schools. I get tired of seeing the Top 20 Party schools knowing that there has to be those which do not have partying going on, just good old fashioned LEARNING going on in colleges. Isn’t that what colleges are supposed to do?

    • Regina

      Learning is important in the U.S. university system, sure, but my most valuable learning experiences had nothing to do with the curriculum. The highest ranked universities are missing from either of those lists. Does this indicate that a balance is the best option? You can definitely find or avoid parties either way. I attended a top ranked university and still found time to party between midterms and finals, and I think I’m better for it. Classifying schools as “party” or “sober” does not, in my opinion, degrade or inflate their reputations. It’s the individual that uses the advantages of the university to make his or her reputation.