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Published: Aug 5, 2014
Top party schools of 2015; New champion crowned
by Tashi Singh


Top party schools of 2015; New champion crowned, A new champion tops The Princeton Review's annual list of best party schools, up from fifth place last year.

Syracuse University is No. 1 among top party schools, the first time the school has led the annually list.

Syracuse dethrones the University of Iowa, which took the runner-up slot. University of California-Santa Barbara moved to No. 3, and West Virginia University held on to fourth place.

Syracuse officials released a statement regarding the school’s top party ranking, saying the designation is "disappointing" and that the university in upstate New York doesn’t aspire to be a party school.

“We are disappointed with the Princeton Review ranking, which is based on a two-year-old survey of a very small portion of our student body,” the school said. “Syracuse University has a long-established reputation for academic excellence with programs that are recognized nationally and internationally as the best in their fields.

“We do not aspire to be a party school,” the statement continued. “With new leadership, we are very focused on enhancing the student experience, both academically and socially. Students, parents, faculty and the full Syracuse University community should expect to see important and positive changes in the year ahead that will improve and enhance the student environment in every aspect.”

The list is derived from a survey that asked 130,000 students at 379 top colleges to rate their schools on several topics and report on their campus experiences. 62 rankings are included in The Princeton Review's annual college guides.

Here are the top 10 party schools in the country, according to The Princeton Review:

Syracuse University
University of Iowa
University of California, Santa Barbara
West Virginia University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lehigh University
Penn State University
University of Wisconsin — Madison
Bucknell University
University of Florida

Go here for more from Princeton Review.

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