Alyssa Thorne
August 29, 2016 4:39 pm
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Founded when Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848 and remaining the official state university up to this day, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has more going for it than just a coveted public Ivy education and being really, really old.

University of Wisconsin-Madison is now, officially, the biggest party school in the United States, according to the Princeton Review.

Beating out last year’s reigning champ, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, this is the first time the University of Wisconsin-Madison has achieved this honor in a decade.

Let’s all pour one out for all of the hungover students in Madison who sacrificed their Sundays and their livers to make this dream a reality.

Many other schools achieved similar, if lesser, honors. To make it easier for you to pick out where you want to go to college, or where you want to transfer to, below is the Princeton Review’s top 20 party schools as provided by Seventeen. (Or, if your parents ask, we’re making it easier for you to pick out where you don’t want to go…)

  1. University of Wisonsin-Madison
  2. West Virginia University
  3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  4. Lehigh University
  5. Bucknell University
  6. University of Iowa
  7. University of Mississippi
  8. Syracuse University
  9. Tulane University
  10. Colgate University
  11. University of California―Santa Barbara
  12. University of Delaware
  13. University of Rhode Island
  14. Wake Forest University
  15. College of Charleston
  16. University of Maine
  17. University of Vermont
  18. University of Florida
  19. University of Colorado―Boulder
  20. Florida State University

According to the Huffington Post, the Princeton Review has been rating the top party schools in the country since 1933. They base the rankings on student surveys given to 143,000 students at 381 different colleges, so we’re inclined to believe them.

On the flip side, Brigham Young University has been ranked the most sober college for an incredible eighteenth year in a row.

We’re thinking BYU parties look something like this.

But, y’know. We’re kinda into that.

Whatever you’re into — parties so infamous that nobody can speak of them above a whisper or call them by name, or smaller get-togethers with less music and more conversation — this list is a great resource for scoping out what college has the scene most suited to you.

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