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Apr162011

Playboy's Top 10 Party Schools: Who Ranked Highest?

Creatas/Thinkstock(BOULDER, Colo.) -- Playboy has declared the University of Colorado at Boulder the No. 1 party school in America, citing "reefer madness," the town's four breweries and several local distractions that tempt the school's students. It is followed by Penn State University and Arizona State University, which rank second and third respectively.

According to Playboy, the rankings are determined via Playboy on-campus Facebook pages, surveys and other interviews with students. They consider the male to female ratio, the winning percentage of sports teams, vicinity to beaches and ski slopes, and the music scene.

The University of Colorado's ranking was in part due to its vicinity to medical marijuana dispensaries and the annual turnout of about 24,000 undergrads to an April 20th smoke-out on school grounds.

"Literally dozens of world-class ski resorts are a drive away," Playboy said on its website. "You know Boulder is a party school because whenever you tell someone that you went there, the first thing they ask is, 'Did you graduate?'"

The University of Colorado at Boulder says they don't take this ranking seriously.

"It's a joke rating," said Bronson Hilliard, a spokesman for the university. "It's not meaningful, it doesn’t measure anything important...it measures perception and it's unfortunate."

Playboy started listing the top party schools in January 1987 and the rankings have appeared sporadically in various issues over the past decade.

Here's the full list:

  1. University of Colorado at Boulder
  2. Pennsylvania State University
  3. Arizona State University
  4. University of Western Ontario
  5. University of Texas at Austin
  6. University of Wisconsin
  7. University of Georgia
  8. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  9. University of Central Florida
  10. University of California, Santa Barbara


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