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August 04, 2010 10:00 AM Whose Party?

By Daniel Luzer

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A male college student has the option of attending one of two holiday parties. One of these parties will take place at the Playboy Mansion. The other one will occur at the corporate headquarters of the Princeton Review, in a suburban office building in Framingham, Massachusetts. Knowing no other information, which party will he attend?

Now which institution should decide which colleges have the best parties?

By the Princeton Review’s annual college rankings the University of Georgia is the top party school of 2010. This, understandably, makes UGA a little nervous.

The school responded, rather lamely, with this statement:

UGA has been on the Party School list for a while, but it’s one we prefer not to lead…. The University of Georgia takes student alcohol education programs very seriously and will continue to do so.

It’s probably not worth worrying about it so much. The Princeton Review is not much of an authority on this matter. As the Chronicle of Higher Education points out, Princeton Review actually ranks colleges in some 62 different categories, including decidedly ambiguous things like “fire safety honor roll” and“Birkenstock-Wearing, tree-hugging, clove-smoking vegetarians.” The Princeton Review, in fact, is just a company that will rate anything as long as there’s any potential someone might be interested.

The definitive party college ranking is done annually by Playboy. Playboy’s number one party school is the University of Texas, Austin. That school is, as far as College Guide is concerned, the top party school in the United States. Who do you trust to figure this sort of thing out?

Georgia, incidentally, doesn’t even rate on the Playboy list. [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