Playboy has released its annual list of Top 10 Party Schools for 2013 and what a difference a year makes. The 2012 edition of Playboy's party list included Fort Worth's very own Texas Christian University as the No. 9 party school in the entire country and Southern Methodist University in Dallas was ranked as the top school for nightlife.
Granted, the highly publicized TCU drug bust that included several players on the Horned Frogs football team was fresh in everyone's mind and since it has turned out that no major cartels are in operation on the campus, it's party reputation has cooled off.
As for this year's list, the big winner is TCU's fellow Big 12 Conference member, West Virginia University. Among the reasons that West Virginia topped this year's list was the pure chaos that ensued following their victory over the University of Texas Longhorns last season. Texas was the other Big 12 school to make the list as it came in at No. 6. LSU, who made a trip to DFW earlier this season to play TCU at AT&T Stadium was No. 7 to take bragging rights in the SEC. The remainder of the top 10 is (2) Wisconsin, (3) Colorado, (4) USC, (5) Florida St., (8) Georgia, (9) Arizona St. and (10) Maryland. Last year's champion Virginia failed to make this year's list.
Of note, the Princeton Review released its annual list of party schools was released last month with Iowa topping the University of California-Santa Barbara. Neither Iowa or UCSB placed on Playboy's rankings while Playboy's title holder West Virginia placed fourth on this list. The Princeton Review list also includes the most sober schools and, as is usually the case, Brigham Young topped that group.
Playboy magazine based its rankings on data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, the U.S. Economic Census and Playboy's over 12 million social media fans. This is the eighth time the magazine has published the list and the first time West Virginia has taken the top prize.
The rankings are featured in Playboy's October 2013 college issue.
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