University At Albany No. 1 For Partying

  University At Albany No. 1 For Partying

Posted by CN Staff on August 16, 2004 at 11:24:46 PT
By The Associated Press  
Source: Associated Press  

Albany, N.Y. -- The State University of New York at Albany returned to the top of the list of party schools in the nation, while Brigham Young University kept its place as the country's "stone-cold sober" school, according to the latest Princeton Review's survey.The "Best 357 Colleges" survey is based on responses from more than 110,000 students at U.S. campuses. The review, which has no affiliation with Princeton University, has been conducting the study since 1992.
It's the ninth time the University at Albany has been on the party school list. It was No. 1 in 1998 and No. 14 last year. The report ranked Albany seventh in the use of hard liquor and marijuana, ninth in beer drinking and first in "students (almost) never study."Campus officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment."It's pretty crazy," said Matt Kazimir, 21, a recent Albany graduate from Danbury, Conn. "There's always a party."Still, some students say Albany's ranking isn't deserved."I wouldn't agree it's No. 1," said junior Brian Fessler, 20. "There are certainly a lot of opportunities to party, but it's also a great institution with some top programs. There are great academic opportunities, as well."Brigham Young was ranked the top "stone-cold sober" school, according to the study, while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the toughest to get into. The happiest students overall were at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.Students most likely to vote for President Bush are in the Republican's home state at Texas A&M University, while those most likely to vote for Democratic challenger John Kerry are at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.The "party school" category is based on questions focusing on the amount of alcohol and drug consumption, the amount of time students spend studying, and the popularity of fraternities and sororities.A Harvard study showed about 44 percent of college students nationwide binge drink. The American Medical Association has criticized party school listings, saying they legitimize high-risk drinking and portray alcohol as an essential part of student life.Robert Franek, lead author for the survey, disagrees and says the survey accurately reflects college life -- for better or worse -- and can be a vehicle for change."I think we do a great service for college-bound students, being in a very unique position to get onto the 357 best college campuses and ask students tough questions," Franek said. "We are going directly to college experts, college students on the campuses."Other top 10 party schools were Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.; the University of Wisconsin-Madison; West Virginia University, Morgantown; Ohio University, Athens; Florida State University, Tallahassee; University of Texas-Austin; University of Georgia, Athens; University of Colorado-Boulder; University of Mississippi.Complete Title: Study Ranks University At Albany No. 1 For PartyingSource: Associated Press Published:  August 16, 2004Copyright: 2004 The Associated Press Related Articles:CU Ranked No. 1 Party School Right To Party

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Comment #5 posted by breeze on August 17, 2004 at 04:52:16 PT
THIS is TOTALLY unrelated
Time for some humor- check this thing out
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Comment #4 posted by mayan on August 16, 2004 at 17:11:37 PT
Souther Illinois University in Carbondale should have got the top spot! I guess they didn't allow professionals in their survey!
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Comment #3 posted by CorvallisEric on August 16, 2004 at 13:31:42 PT
More from Princeton Review
Top 5 "How widely used is marijuana?" : 1-Skidmore College --- 2-Lewis & Clark College --- 3-University of Colorado, Boulder --- 4-University of Wisconsin-Madison --- 	5-University of Vermont 5 : 1-United States Air Force Academy --- 2-Brigham Young University (UT) --- 3-United States Naval Academy --- 4-Wheaton College (IL) --- 5-Grove City College can access the top and bottom 20 but you need to fill out a very intrusive registration. Of course, the whole survey shouldn't be taken too seriously except as a crude guide. Still, I find it irresistible.
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Comment #2 posted by CorvallisEric on August 16, 2004 at 13:30:57 PT
Silly coincidence
Brigham Young was ranked the top "stone-cold sober" schoolThe recent, fairly decent article "End The Overkill for Marijuana" - - is from Provo, Utah, home of Brigham Young.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 16, 2004 at 12:21:55 PT

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CU Slips in Party School RankingsColorado schools vary on marijuana, alcohol useBy Rocky Mountain NewsAugust 16, 2004University of Colorado students may still party hard, but they're not partying as much as before — at least according to the annual Princeton Review, which listed the Boulder school as the No. 9 party school in the nation this year. CU ranked No. 1 in the country last year. The State University of New York at Albany took top honors this year.   
The rankings are based on student surveys that ask questions about academics, campus life, politics and dorm food, among other things. The Princeton Review surveyed 110,000 students at 357 top colleges. CU students also said they didn't study much (7 ranking out of 357 schools), drank lots of beer (15) and smoked marijuana frequently (16). Students at Colorado College in Colorado Springs also used marijuana (10 ranking), but played a lot of intramural sports (14). And while the relationship between CC and the city is strained (a No. 14 ranking in strained town-gown relations), Air Force Academy students say the military academy has good town-gown relations (20). AFA cadets also don't smoke much marijuana (2 ranking on low marijuana use) or drink (8 ranking as a stone-cold sober school) and are very politically active (6). They also score high (8) among students who are "most nostalgic for Ronald Reagan." Meanwhile, up north in Fort Collins, students at Colorado State University said class discussions were rare — a No. 15 ranking. And, campus life is not so good at the Colorado School of Mines, according to the survey. Campus food was rated the second-worst, the students were the seventh least happy and in the "dorms like dungeons" category, Mines ranked ninth. The University of Denver was profiled in the Princeton Review's book, but it didn't make any of the 64 top 20 lists. Other notable findings from the survey: The University of Chicago has the best academics. Wheaton (Ill.) College serves the best campus food. Pedderdine University in California boasts the best dorms. Students at Texas A&M in College Station are most likely to vote for President Bush. John Kerry would get the most support among students at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. 
The surveys, which ask students 70 questions about the school and campus life, are conducted on campuses and on the Princeton Review Web site.Copyright: 2004: The E.W. Scripps Co.,1299,DRMN_957_3114632,00.html
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