UF No. 6, FSU No. 8 on 'Party School' list

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The University of Florida is a bigger party school than its rival to the northwest, according to the Princeton Review’s latest rankings.

UF placed No. 6 in this year’s rankings of top party schools, released today. Florida State University was ranked No. 8, with West Virginia University taking the top spot.

UF had been slowly dropping down the list since its No. 1 ranking in 2008, last year falling to No. 9 and below Florida State. But UF officials aren’t celebrating this year’s jump in the rankings, with one questioning the validity of the Princeton Review’s use of online surveys in determining them.

“It’s not something that I usually put a lot of stock or credence in, given the unscientific method of the survey,” said Maureen Miller, an alcohol and other drug prevention specialist and director of UF’s GatorWell Health Promotion Services.

But she added, “It certainly emphasizes the fact that our work will never be done regarding addressing high-risk drinking and all the issues that go along with it.”

The Princeton Review based the rankings on online surveys from 122,000 students at 377 colleges. They’re part of the 2013 edition of its book, “The Best 377 Colleges.”

Schools on the party schools list are those at which surveys indicated high usages of alcohol and drugs on campus, low daily study hours outside of class and high popularity on campus for fraternities and sororities.

Here’s the complete top 20:
1. West Virginia University
2. University of Iowa
3. Ohio University
4. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
5. University of Georgia
6. University of Florida
7. University of California, Santa Barbara
8. Florida State University
9. Miami University
10. Syracuse University
11. Penn State University
12. DePauw University
13. University of Wisconsin-Madison
14. University of Mississippi
15. University of Texas at Austin
16. University of Maryland-College Park
17. University of South Carolina
18. James Madison University
19. University of Maine
20. University of Tennessee

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