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September 28, 2012 10:00 AM UVA Wins

By Daniel Luzer

Ladies and gentlemen, the top party school list is here. Playboy, the leading authority on this matter, has released its annual list of the top schools.

By assessing America’s “top 100 colleges” (probably as determined by U.S. News & World Report) using 900 data points in sex, sports, and nightlife categories, Playboy has determined that the winners are:

1. University of Virginia
2. University of Southern California
3. University of Florida
4. University of Texas
5. University of Wisconsin
6. University of Georgia
7. Vanderbilt University
8. Tulane University
9. Texas Christian University
10. Ohio State University

UVA delivered a slightly grumpy response:

It’s far more important for the university to be known for our academic achievements in teaching and research, the extraordinarily high graduation rate of our students, and our commitment to providing financial support to all students who have demonstrated need.

Well being a top party school and demonstrating “academic achievements in teaching and research” aren’t actually in conflict, so maybe just embrace the party award, Cavaliers.

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“We are demanding a recount,” UVA spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren apparently told NBC News.

That’s not a good idea, Anderfuren. The best possible outcome under the recount plan would merely allow UVA to issue another press release letting the world know that UVA is actually the #2 or #3 party school in the nation, which hardly makes the institution appear more serious. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer