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July 21, 2015

20 Top Party Colleges

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, Illinois)

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is known for its incredible bar scene, drawing droves of students every single day of the week. If they’re not spending their money at the pub, wild coeds congregate at one of the campus’s many frat houses for some rousing drinking fun. When it comes to special events, UIUC students pull out all the stops, embracing St. Patrick’s Day and other holiday themes for daylong debauchery.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)

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After years of drinking with the frats and sororities at the University of Virginia’s campus, older coeds keep the party going at “the Corner.” The local town bars host cheap drink nights for eager students, and to save a few bucks, they can always head back to a Greek or rugby house party. Best of all, students getting an education near our nation’s capitol can take advantage of UV’s great football tradition. The Cavaliers love their tailgating.

College of Charleston (Charleston, South Carolina)

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It’s hard to avoid the party scene when you attend school at the beach! The historic city of Charleston is incredibly charming and quaint despite its notorious reputation for nightlife. Students get in on the action all four years of undergrad, moving from the many downtown house parties to mingling with locals at the city’s pubs and clubs. Greek life abounds, and it’s not uncommon for students to congregate for a fun-filled day on the sand.

Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

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Beyond its competitive football program, Lehigh University also enjoys some outlandish Greek life. For the underage crowd, the eastern Pennsylvania school is famous for its beer pong or “beirut” championships, and students will find a game going on every single day of the week. Football fans go crazy when Lehigh plays local rival Lafayette, an event that has spawned wild stories of coed indulgence and depravity.

University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin)

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Madison’s busy State Street is home to numerous bars catering to an eager drinking crowd at the University of Wisconsin. When they’re not hitting the club scene, Badgers are most likely tailgating a football game with the Divison I school’s legions of wild fans. It can get cold and snowy out in the Midwest, but happy students at UW say there’s always a party going on–you just have to look for it!

California State University – Chico (Chico, California)

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Among other West Coast schools, Cal State’s Northern Chico campus is known for its drinking debauchery. Students throw outdoor keggers in between classes, getting their stuyding done without missing out on the campus’s constant party scene. On Cesar Chavez Day, classes are canceled, letting pupils embrace Mexican heritage all in the name of guzzling alcohol. Having once topped Playboy’s list of the best party schools, dedicated Chico coeds get into the spirit with over-the-top sombreros and margaritas.

University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

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At the University of Alabama, students and alumni have always taken advantage of the Division I football program’s elaborate tailgaing events. But in the off season, wild coeds have no trouble finding a comparable bash at one of UA’s frat houses or local city bars. Upperclassmen go all out sponsoring some of the best parties replete with tons of booze and live bands. Tuscaloosa draws a crazy crowd, and Greek or not, there’s something to do 24/7.

Bucknell University (Lewisburg, Pennsylvania)

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Out in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, isolated Bisons have very little to do but party all through their four years of undergrad. Bucknell enjoys a very popular and active Greek life on its small campus, and the quaint atmosphere of the school is what students love most. Partiers report insanely fun get-togethers without the ridiculous crowds of other huge schools, giving Bucknell the best of both worlds.

University of Delaware (Newark, Delaware)

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People hardly remember Delaware exists, let alone that the tiny state is home to one of the wildest, craziest party schools in the country. Among residents of the Northeast, the University of Delaware is known for its riotous undergrads. Students get away with ridiculous ragers right in the campus’s dorms, and fraternity basements are known to pack in some huge crowds. For special events like St. Patrick’s Day, the streets of Newark become overloaded with eager coeds.

University of Texas – Austin (Austin, Texas)

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Wild coeds at the University of Texas at Austin can’t help but mention 6th Street when bragging about their school’s abundant nightlife. If students aren’t playing drinking games at a house or apartment at West Campus, they’re filling up the incredibly diverse downtown bars in Austin. From music venues to dive bars, upscale martini lounges to beer gardens, the college-friendly city helps studious attendees get their party on. There’s literally something for everyone.

Penn State University (University Park, Pennsylvania)

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Penn State’s isolated town of State College has been dubbed “a drinking town with a football problem,” and its nearly 100,000 enrollees certainly live up to that reputation. Tons of drinking events revolve around the school’s storied Nittany Lion football program. Since the rural Pennsylvania location lacks the nightlife of other urban areas, rowdy students keep the party going on campus, and resident fraternities are known to throw some major bashes.

University of Colorado – Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)

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The state of Colorado has a rather doobie-ous reputation since its legalization of marijuana, and their insanely popular University of Colorado at Boulder attracts hard-partying students from all over the country. Attendees can study and carouse in the relatively safe, clean city, and on days like 4/20, the crowds–and smoke clouds–become epic. Greek organizations host wild house parties on “the Hill,” inviting the younger student body if they can’t get into clubs downtown.

University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida)

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Students at the sorority- and frat-friendly University of Florida experience the typical college debauchery every night of the week. Apartments along the campus’s main drag host epic kegger parties, and given its sunny Southern locale, UF partiers can bring their raunchy exploits to the beach. Every year, droves of football fans migrate to Florida’s “Frat Beach” event, a seaside shindig commemorating the school’s game against intense rival University of Georgia.

West Virginia University (Morgantown, West Virginia)

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WVU’s Division I athletics draw lots of attention each school year, but nothing is more noticeable than the Mountaineers’ ridiculous commitment to partying. Nearly 30,000 enrollees flock to Morgantown for a competitive education while enjoying some of the unruliest get-togethers known to man. Beyond its downtown nightlife, WVU pays for numerous concerts throughout the year, appeasing their wild coeds.

Ohio University (Athens, Ohio)

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At Ohio University, the weekend is known to run from Wednesday night until Monday morning. The nightlife scene is wildly abundant, and coeds report always having something to do no matter the time of day. Crazy students also take advantage of “Fest” season, a springtime tradition in which the school sponsors a number of live events with huge names like Wiz Khalifa, Carnage, and Kendrick Lamar. Athens’ famous Court Street is home to abundant party celebrations, and undergrads have a generally rowdy reputation.

University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)

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Out in the farmlands of America, one school rivals all others in its dedication to rowdy partying and drinking all in the name of school spirit. At the University of Iowa, resident Hawkeyes are proud of their accomplished athletic program, packing thousands into the collosal stadium each week during football season. Students are known to guzzle tons of beer, and they can do so as part of Greek life or in one of the many downtown bars. The school even shuttles students around with their efficient transportation system, helping undergrads keep the party moving.

University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)

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Athens is a bustling college town, and at the University of Georgia, students definitely take advantage of the extensive bar and nightlife scene in the downtown area. The quaint city can get quite crowded, and if things seem quiet, you can expect to find droves of partiers at one of Georgia’s many fraternities or sororities. Best of all, football season creates one of the largest tailgate communities in the nation. The party atmosphere is incredibly contagious. But UGA is special with its diverse arts and culture, and it’s known for drawing eclectic musical acts to the Southern locale each year.

University of California – Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)

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Sunny California draws thousands of eager undergraduates from across the country each year, and the state’s university system boasts Santa Barbara as its hardest partying branch. Santa Barbara stands out among other campuses for its college town feel. It’s a place where you can walk down the street in broad daylight and see tons of enthusiastic partiers getting the drinking festivities going early. The downtown area caters to undergrads, and the nearby beach at Isla Vista brings study time to the tropics. UCSB’s annual Halloween festival draws ridiculous crowds of up to 40,000, and that’s just on one school night.

Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)

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Much of the partying at Syracuse stems from its competitive sports program, and their Division I men’s basketball and football teams have students bleeding Orange all year long. Syracuse has a wild fraternity scene, a strong nightlife showing in the downtown area, and a generally rowdy reputation to complement its well respected academics. Their annual Mayfest event commemorates the end of the spring semester with a school sponsored binge, featuring free food, drinks, and entertainment. Students at this upstate New York college really know how to rage.

Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana)

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Located in the heart of the Big Easy, Tulane University takes the cake when it comes to its hard-partying coeds. Students have access to the country’s hottest bars, clubs, and music venues, and the city’s reputation for its drunken shenanigans extends well past Mardi Gras. At Tulane, underage students mingle among the 21 and over crowd, often getting served while visiting the French Quarter and other famous party sites. They also receive a top-notch education, making New Orleans an incredible location for the complete college experience.

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