The nightlife tends to be what you make it. Pre-parties are very popular, followed by a night on fraternity row. Pre-parties sometimes start at happy hour in Danville and then move back to campus, but for those 21 and under, they start on campus. The pre-parties tend to center around drinking games, while happy-hour excursions focus more on cocktails and gossip. Weekends and Wednesday nights are usually the big party nights, but there are ample opportunities throughout the week, like karaoke or birthdays. Fraternity parties are popular because anyone is welcome at any house. The five fraternities have very different vibes, and each one caters to a different crowd or mood. Depending on your taste, you can usually find a place that fits your scene. There is loud dancing on pool tables, poker games, or `80s mania, and parties can often last until 3 or 4 a.m.
Different cliques at Centre also throw different types of parties-the drama kids usually have their own parties, and seniors are more apt to host theme parties or loud pre-parties at their on-campus apartments. Off-campus parties tend to be wilder but never last as long as the parties on campus. Most of Centre tends to stay on campus, at least late into the night, because everyone else is there. The downside is that the fraternity parties can get old, especially by your senior year, but usually either you or a couple of your friends have apartments or houses. Date parties and theme parties are always good entertainment, and it's just fun to dress up.