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Picking the right college to attend is a daunting task. I remember going through the process, and it wasn’t easy, although living close to one of the biggest universities in the country made it a bit easer, as I picked Michigan State University.

Some students really want to have fun in college. I mean, having fun is important, but my little bit of advice is to pick a school that has a good record in your chosen program and where you think you’ll be able to grow both academically and socially.

That said, the staff at Barstool Sports has put together a list of the Top 50 Party Schools in the country. I don’t really see a metric behind why these schools were chosen, but Barstool is known for their party-happy web content, so they must have done some kind of research. As it turns out, Michigan has two of the top party schools in the U.S. Michigan comes in at No. 39 on the list, and Michigan State is No. 27. I actually think both schools have great academics, too, so maybe the mantra is work hard, play hard.

My buddy Joe Winner over at ESPN Florida first posted this story, noting that this is quite a comprehensive list. Read on for the full scoop on the top 50 party schools in the U.S., and best of luck in your college search!

  • Top 50 'Party Schools' in the U.S.

    This list is via Barstool Sports. My buddy Joe Winner over at ESPN Florida first posted this story, noting that this is quite a comprehensive tally. Read on for the full scoop on the top 50 party schools in the U.S., and best of luck in your college search!

  • 50. Kentucky

  • 49. University of Pennsylvania

  • 48. Florida Atlantic University

  • 47. FGCU

    Florida Gulf Coast University | Home

    FGCU is a top ranked public university in Southwest Florida that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. FGCU students can graduate in four years with degrees including business, engineering, arts, sciences, health, nursing, education and more. FGCU is accredited by SACS and provides big opportunities with a small university feel.

  • 46. Jacksonville

  • 45. UCLA

  • 44. LSU

    Welcome to LSU

    Join the ranks of a vibrant community of students and scholars collectively dedicated to help you explore your ambitions, pursue your dreams, or advance your career. LSU's academic enterprise provides access to higher education for learners at every stage of life.

  • 43. Florida

  • 42. Oklahoma

  • 41. Texas

  • 40. Ohio State

  • 39. Michigan

  • 38. Santa Barbara

  • 37. James Madison

  • 36. UNC

  • 35. University of Missouri

  • 34. University of Kansas

  • 33. Howard University

  • 32. UAB

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham | UAB

    UAB is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education.

  • 31. Bucknell

    Welcome to Bucknell University | Bucknell University

    Make a decision that will change your life for the better, every day. Choose Bucknell, a place where your faculty will inspire you to take bold steps in learning as you innovate, lead, prepare for your career and form friendships for life on our campus in

  • 30. Cincinnati


    The University of Cincinnati offers 300+ majors and 100+ certificate programs including our world-renowned co-op program. Visit UC virtually. Push forward during these uncertain times. Request more information about the University of Cincinnati. Apply to UC or confirm your admission today!

  • 29. Tennessee

    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Learn how University of Tennessee Volunteers light the way for others. Request information, visit campus, or apply for admission.

  • 28. CU Boulder

    University of Colorado Boulder

    The University of Colorado Boulder is a bold, innovative community of scholars and learners who accelerate human potential to solve the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of our time. Come to CU Boulder and discover what you can be.

  • 27. Michigan State

    Michigan State University

    Skip navigation links Spartan excellence and our will to make a difference are making a better tomorrow for all. We're driving discoveries to address global challenges, educating the next generation of leaders and partnering with communities to create healthier, more sustainable futures for Michigan and the world.

  • 26. San Diego State


    Discover a spirited community that dares you to learn more, do more, be more. Our Programs The heartbeat of San Diego State University lies within those who are a part of our vibrant campus community. Hear from the Aztecs who call SDSU home.

  • 25. Delaware

    University of Delaware

    The University of Delaware is a diverse institution of higher learning, fostering excellence in research. UD has eight colleges, providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional education, serving the local, regional, national and international communities.

  • 24. U Miami

    University of Miami

    A private research university with more than 16,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.

  • 23. Wisconsin

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    "We believe the great state University of Wisconsin should ever encourage that continual and fearless sifting and winnowing by which alone the truth can be found." - 1894 Wisconsin Magna Carta

  • 22. Maine

    The University of Maine

    The University of Maine advances learning and discovery through excellence and innovation in its academic and research programs while addressing the complex challenges and opportunities of the 21st century through research-based knowledge. UMaine is the state's only public research university.

  • 21. Southern Cal

    University of Southern California

    The University of Southern California is a leading private research university located in Los Angeles - a global center for arts, technology and international business. It is home to the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 21 exceptional academic schools and units.

  • 20. University of Mississippi

    University of Mississippi | Ole Miss

    The Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy operate on both the Oxford and Jackson campuses. The Schools of Dentistry, Health Related Professionals and Medicine, and the Health Sciences Graduate School, are based in Jackson only. (Additional healthcare programs are available through the School of Applied Sciences on the Oxford campus.)

  • 19. Syracuse

    Syracuse University - Syracuse.edu

    Felisha Legette-Jack '89 named head coach of the women's basketball team. Stay Safe The current COVID level is YELLOW. Visit the Stay Safe site for masking guidance. of Syracuse University students receive some form of financial support totaling more than $411 million. majors and 100+ minors within 13 schools and colleges.

  • 18. Dayton

    University of Dayton : University of Dayton, Ohio

    Here, we don't just imagine a world of possibilities. We create it. Our Mission in Action Faith Diversity and Inclusion Arts As a Catholic, Marianist university, we're deeply committed to the common good. Our faith is a beacon that guides us - and leads us to act.

  • 17. Ohio University

    Ohio University

    Ohio University offers more than 250 programs, including undergraduate and graduate-level study with outstanding professors. At OHIO, you'll gain knowledge, skills, and experiences for career success.

  • 16. East Carolina

    East Carolina University

    GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina faced its first ranked opponent of the campaign Wednesday, falling in both ends of a doubleheader to No. 10 Duke Wednesday eve...

  • 15. Illinois

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Information for students, alumni, and parents from Illinois flagship public university, a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.

  • 14. U. South Carolina

    University of South Carolina

    Groundbreaking academics. World-changing research. Welcoming student life. Together we are The Remarkable We.

  • 13. Chico State

    California State University, Chico

    Discrimination and inequities in our society have unjustly impacted communities of color and people of varied sexualities, gender identities, religions, ability, body size, and many other intersectional identities. Because of this, historically underserved populations have not had equal opportunity for educational success.

  • 12. Indiana

    Indiana University Bloomington

    Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU's eight campuses and is known for innovation, creativity, and academic freedom.

  • 11. Miami of Ohio

    A Top 50 Public University

    Miami University is nationally ranked as a top public university and located in Oxford, Ohio.

  • 10. Arizona

    University of Arizona

    Student Life Discover life at Arizona - join one of the 600+ student clubs, enroll in a class outside your major, or join in on the many campus activities that will help you be your best self.

  • 9. UMass

    Homepage | UMass Amherst

    Skip to main content Pause Background Video Play Background Video Learn more about the remarkable journeys, perseverance, and achievements of women all month long. U.S. News & World Report ranking among national public universities Academic disciplines ranked among the Top 200 programs worldwide At UMass Amherst, we welcome you to join our diverse, inclusive community of dreamers, innovators, creators, and doers.

  • 8. Iowa

    The University of Iowa

    Ranked among the top 5% of universities in the world. 200+ areas of study. Located in one of America's best college towns. Come see what it means to be a Hawkeye.

  • 7. Florida State

    Florida State University

    Florida State University's graduate and professional programs continue to rank among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

  • 6. Penn State

    Penn State University

    With undergraduate and graduate campuses within 30 miles of every Pennsylvanian and globally online, Penn State's world-class education is available to meet students where they are. Penn State is a top-ranked research university and Pennsylvania's sole land-grant institution, founded with a mission of high-quality teaching, expert research, and global service.

  • 5. Georgia


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  • 4. Tulane

    Tulane University

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  • 3. Arizona State

    Arizona State University | ASU

    At Arizona State University, you'll join a community that will help you explore your interests and learn new skills. Through quality academics, enrichment opportunities, and support from friends and faculty, you'll graduate prepared to accomplish your goals throughout your life.

  • 2. WVU

    West Virginia University

    As soon as I first stepped foot on the WVU campus, I knew it was the place for me. WVU has so much to offer through educational opportunities such as research, and this university has many extracurricular activities for you to participate in through involvement in student organizations.

  • 1. Alabama

    The University of Alabama

    Official Web Site of The University of Alabama. Founded in 1831 as the state's flagship university, UA is a student-centered research university and academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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