The Princeton Review asks questions like, "how many nights a week do you drink alcohol," "how many drinks do you have in one sitting." etc. What college kid who drinks any kind of alcohol or does any drugs answers those questions honestly? None. This poll is stupid at best and can only be considered credible if there is a disclaimer that reads, "All students surveyed are expected to lie to some extent so the results reflect universities with students who exaggerated the most ."
Maybe the SEC should have extended an invitation to West Virginia after all. According to The Princeton Review, WVU is the #1 best party school in the United States. Alas, the SEC’s loss is the Big XII’s gain — if you choose to look at it that way.
Still the Southeastern Conference accounted for a fourth of the 20 schools on the list:
14. Ole Miss
17. South Carolina
In case you’re wondering, stodgy ol’ Jim Delany’s high-brow Big Ten had four schools make this year’s list (Iowa, Illinois, Penn State and Wisconsin). No doubt the folks up north are scowling in response.
The Princeton Review surveyed people from 377 different American campuses. The journal says: “Schools on the ‘Party Schools’ list are those at which surveyed students’ answers indicated a combination of: low personal daily study hours (outside of class), high usages of alcohol and drugs on campus and high popularity on campus for frats/sororities.”
Naturally, West Virginia tried to put a little PR spin on the fact that their school had been tabbed as this year’s version of Faber College: “The schools on this list are mostly large, public universities with strong academic and research profiles, as well as highly successful athletic programs. But in the big picture, clearly this list has no real credibility.”
Well, if WVU fans respond to The Princeton Review in the same manner in which they responded to any mention on this site of the school’s perceived so-so academic reputation last year, the people at The Princeton Review are being inundated today with emails detailing Rhodes scholars and famous Mountaineers of the past.