2017 Top Party Schools in America

The 2017 Top Party Schools ranking is based on student reviews and nightlife statistics. Top party colleges have a vibrant and diverse party scene - they offer fun options both on and off campus and students rate their peers as being fun, friendly, and into partying.
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    Tulane University

    • New Orleans, LA
    • 1,415 reviews
    College Sophomore:I have loved going to school at Tulane University. It has allowed me to become a part of many different cultures due to the range of different types of students that attend. I have learned how to love people despite their differences. Most of the people that I go to school with are different than me, so I have learned about others. By being around people that are different from myself, I have also learned about myself.

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    University of Georgia

    • Athens, GA
    • 4,740 reviews
    College Junior:UGA is a really nice school and the city of the Athens is the best. There are so many people your age around you, so it's really fun and since it's a big school, there's literally something for everyone. There's even a furry's club and a medieval sword fighting club. That's how diverse the school is!

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    Miami University

    • Oxford, OH
    • 2,801 reviews
    College Junior:I have had a wonderful experience at Miami University. The professors and staff have always been helpful. I have had the wonderful opportunity of studying abroad and plan to do so again. I also belong to campus organizations and the equestrian team. The overall experience at MU has been very fulfilling. I would tell anyone to take a look at this university because there is something for everyone.

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    West Virginia University

    • Morgantown, WV
    • 2,414 reviews
    College Junior:Most of my teachers were very helpful and made it clear that they wanted to help me out in any possible way. Though some of my teachers made it clear to not come to their office hour times because they "don't like visitors". Some classrooms were huge, therefor I didnt really have any one on one time with the teacher

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    Florida State University

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 6,480 reviews
    College Freshman:Florida State is a great school. The academics are great; the football team is great; the students are great. I really like that FSU offers Freshman Interest Groups and Success Coaches. There are so many great programs for students to take advantage of here. Everyone's looking out for us and working to contribute to our success.

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    University of Texas - Austin

    • Austin, TX
    • 5,324 reviews
    College Sophomore:This university has it all. There are over 1000 clubs you can join so there is something for everyone if they want to get involved. There are such a wide range of majors that it's easy to find something that fits what you want to do. The professors are always so passionate about what they teach and you can tell they genuinely care about their students. They always make sure to explain things clearly and offer more than enough opportunities to reach them outside of class hours. The advisors on campus are life savers, I wouldn't have been able to navigate this far without their amazing help. This university really makes me feel like my needs are important instead of feeling like just another student out of 50,000. The people are friendly, the culture is fantastic, and the school is stellar. I couldn't see myself attending anywhere else.

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    University of Iowa

    • Iowa City, IA
    • 2,980 reviews
    College Sophomore:The University of Iowa is was by far the best school I visited. I knew as soon as I got on campus that this is where I belong. I refused to visit any other colleges after I visited because I knew that going to visit other schools was going to be a waste of time.

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    Indiana University - Bloomington

    • Bloomington, IN
    • 4,018 reviews
    College Sophomore:As I said before, Indiana University to me seem to be the best fit for any college kid who are looking for a great opportunities in a future careers. I love the professors we have becuase they are welling to work with us outside of class. A lot of people say "At big schools the professors do not know your name", while I feel like that is a myth. The professor I have had in the past all know my last name. They care about us as much as they care about themselves. I enjoy the nice clean rooms we have class at which motivates me to want to improve myself. I was always told in sports that if you look good you will play good. Same with learning. If it look clean and nice in the rooms, you will become clean and nice ready to learn something new.

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    Southern Methodist University

    • Dallas, TX
    • 1,344 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:I am a recent alumnus so I will be a bit biased but I will also as objective as possible with my review...

    First things first, I would honestly give this school a 4.5, or a 9/10... not a 10. Mostly for this upcoming reason.

    CONS:

    This school is CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY expensive lol. Was my degree worth it, the alumni network, prestige, job opportunities, etc? YES.. But SMU is still WAYYYY TOO expensive. This is the most expensive school in Texas and by a GOOD MARGIN actually lol(I believe it's around 8-10k more than TCU, 2nd most expensive lol). Thus, the "MRS" thing at SMU is fairly accurate lol.

    PROS:

    Where to begin...

    My whole family went to either UT or Rice, so I had pressure growing up to attend those schools. I chose SMU easily and (despite the CRAZY tuition) I would do it ALL OVER AGAIN.

    When you go to college you want to gain a few things:

    1. Life experience

    2. A solid education

    3. Friends/opportunities to last a lifetime

    4. Strong alumni network (SMU has a VERY STRONG one!)

    5. Degree weight/worth/value

    6. Opportunity

    7. A GOOD job

    You will get ALL OF THOSE at SMU. Upon graduation I had no trouble getting job offers, particularly in Dallas and ALL THROUGHOUT Texas. The other 2 major cities that come to mind: Houston and Austin, I had DOZENS of offers and meetings from those areas lol. It just came down to where I wanted to live in the end, honestly lol. They were ALL good jobs! The "recognition/prestige' of being SMU alumni is almost UNMATCHED in Texas. If you plan to stay in Texas after graduation, you will be JUST FINE(trust me) lol.

    The friends i've met, made, and kept from my days from all background SES, racial(SMU is more diverse than you think), Greek or NON Greek, I have and will keep for a lifetime. I also PERSONALLY know 2 people who got into Harvard Law and 1 to Harvard Med from SMU undergrad.

    SMU pushes you to bring the best OUT OF YOU, work hard, do right, do well, carry/present yourself well and Pony Up!

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    University of Wisconsin

    • Madison, WI
    • 2,807 reviews
    College Sophomore:This was my dream school and I know by the atmosphere it's where I belong. There are so many interesting courses to take and areas to explore. Overall, it is a fantastic school.

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    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    • Champaign, IL
    • 4,021 reviews
    College Junior:I personally enjoy my studies at the University of Illinois. I'm enjoying being independent and living on my own, and I also like the flexibility of choosing when my classes are.

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    Lehigh University

    • Bethlehem, PA
    • 776 reviews
    College Junior:The program I'm taking here is very hard to find at other colleges, and is one of the best out of all the schools that offer it. Additionally, being a bus and train ride away from home is really nice. And most of all the people that go here are all really great. I've made amazing friends here.

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    Penn State

    • University Park, PA
    • 6,118 reviews
    College Junior:Since I transferred from the University of Findlay, I have never been happier in my life. The atmosphere and curriculum is perfect for a college student.

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    University of Alabama

    • Tuscaloosa, AL
    • 3,913 reviews
    College Sophomore:I would never want to go to any other college. The University of Alabama is by far the best fit for me. Everything from the football to the clubs to the professors, is amazing. I have never once felt like I didn't have a place to fit into the school. Every professor I have had as made me feel like they truly care about my education and are willing to help me.

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    University of Mississippi

    • University, MS
    • 1,820 reviews
    College Freshman:Class sizes are exactly how they should be, given the class. You have just as much access to the teacher as you want due to teachers' office hours

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    Ohio University

    • Athens, OH
    • 3,157 reviews
    College Sophomore:Ohio University is amazing in so many aspects. From the beautiful campus, to the knowledgeable peers and professors. I have already learned so much during my short time here.

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    Syracuse University

    • Syracuse, NY
    • 3,079 reviews
    College Senior:It is pricey but if you talk to the right people and keep asking for aid they find ways to make it work for you. Based on this and the experience you gain plus the overall atmosphere it becomes a very beneficial environment to grow up and learn in.

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    University of Southern California

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 3,291 reviews
    College Sophomore:It feels extremely personal. There are opportunities everywhere and especially as an engineer we're encouraged to mix and match the parts of USC that matter to us. For me, I work on campus doing research, I'm head of a club, I'm a student ambassador, I'm in a design club and that's my life within the school. But someone else in my major is on the varsity hocket team, in totally different clubs etc. So life here feels extremely personalized and I like that. The school also has a ridiculous amount of resources for its students, at least within engineering. There is so much energy put into the well-being of the students that it always feels like you have a strong support network.

    Fight on!

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    Howard University

    • Washington, DC
    • 3,383 reviews
    College Sophomore:My overall experience has been amazing! It was a difficult adjustment at first, because Howard really is a world of its own with thousands of incredibly beautiful, talented, and intelligent individuals. So it can be a lot to suddenly be entered into, but once you get involved on campus, whether it's with a state club, dance team, service organization, or party group, you automatically feel at home. Our campus is unique because I believe it has some of the most driven student bodies of America. It's a place where students have their own businesses, websites, film companies, and so much more. The school itself can be stressful, but the experience you get here is like no other place.

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    University of California - Santa Barbara

    • Santa Barbara, CA
    • 4,035 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely love UCSB. I know I'm a little biased but I think the atmosphere is amazing and the people there are incredibly easy-going. The beach is ridiculously close and I met my boyfriend here :)

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    Providence College

    • Providence, RI
    • 728 reviews
    College Senior:Providence College, located in Providence, Rhode Island is a relatively small campus with around 5,000 undergrad. What makes it special going to a school this size, is that you will always see a familiar face when you are walking on campus. Providence has so much to offer and has so many clubs and activities for students to get involved with! PC is also located only a few minutes from downtown Providence and Federal Hill, which are main attractions for this small state! Nightlife at PC is also fun, and there are plenty of bars to head too in the city and there is even a bar on campus!

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    Vanderbilt University

    • Nashville, TN
    • 1,153 reviews
    College Sophomore:I love Vandy even though it's super hard and my first year was really tough. The classes are really challenging but the social life and the people you meet here make up for it.

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    Michigan State University

    • East Lansing, MI
    • 4,842 reviews
    College Sophomore:Moving into my second semester as a sophomore, I couldn't be happier with the choice I made to come here. I have met so many amazing people, and the endless opportunities to thrive make me feel like I am cared about here. The faculty and staff treat students as equals and work hard to ensure they understand the material in order to be successful. This summer I have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Europe, and I couldn't be more excited. Michigan State is an all-around fabulous school; I would highly recommend taking a tour and learning more about this university if you have an interest in attending.

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    Louisiana State University

    • Baton Rouge, LA
    • 2,867 reviews
    College Senior:LSU has provided me with so much more than just your "typical" college experience. My classes have been challenging, and my professors have always expected the highest quality of work from me and my peers. I would more than recommend this beloved school to anyone willing to listen. Take it from me, whose graduating class consisted of only 21 girls, LSU has become a home away from home. However, I am becoming increasingly aware of how quickly my time at LSU has come and gone. Make the most of it while you can! Geaux Tigers. Forever LSU.

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    University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    • Ann Arbor, MI
    • 3,738 reviews
    College Sophomore:Well I'm currently studying at the University of Michigan, which is known for its business and engineering programs. But I'm currently triple-majoring in Linguistics, Spanish, and Japanese. And I am constantly impressed by just how amazing our faculty is here. In almost every department, there is at least one professor that is a leading contributor in his/her field. I've taken several classes where the textbook that we use to structure the class was written by the professor him/herself.

    I personally have never attended another school, but I assume that this is very atypical for colleges. And it's something that I take pride in as a Wolverine. One of our slogans here is "the leaders and the best". Now I will admit that I can see the pride, and perhaps the arrogance as well, in this statement, but I find it to be quite fitting. I came to Michigan because it's a university taught by the best, for the best.

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