The Princeton Review’s annual “Best Colleges” book is out for the 2017-18 school year. It surveyed almost 140,000 college students from campuses across the country to rank 20 colleges in 62 different categories.
“We know applicants need far more than an academic rating or ranking to find the college that will be best for them,” Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief and the book’s lead author, said in a press release. “We created our 62 ranking lists to help narrow that search. They are based entirely on data we gather beyond academics that gives insight into what the school’s enrolled students say about their professors, administrators, school services, campus culture, and student life. In the end, it’s all about the fit.”
The “Top Party Schools” list is one of the most popular. This year, New Orleans’ Tulane University takes the No. 1 spot. Tulane was No. 1 on Princeton Review’s party list only once before: In 1992, when the very first list was published for the 1993 edition.
“People are definitely partiers. If you’re not going out at least twice a week you’re in the minority,” reads a student quote from the 2018 edition. “Intelligence is well respected. What do we do for fun? We party. But we don’t just get drunk. We party with a purpose.”
The Louisiana school has regularly made it to the top of party school lists over the years.
“Every holiday is on a whole other level,” then-freshman Oliver Duke told College Magazine in 2015. “Bourbon and Frenchman [Streets] are always wild and are very popular for Jazz Fest, Halloween and all the Mardi Gras festivals. Classes are a joke [during Mardi Gras] week and we even get a Mardi Gras break because the school knows what the students are doing.”