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U Of I Ranks Fourth Among Top Party Schools

Photo Of The Quad At The University Of Illinois. (U Of I Photo)

Photo Of The Quad At The University Of Illinois. (U Of I Photo)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is making headlines – but not for its academics.

In the latest edition of the Princeton Review rakings, the U of I ranks at No. 4 among the top party schools in the country. The ranking is based on survey questions relating to the use of alcohol and drugs, the number of hours of studying done each day, and the popularity of fraternities and sororities at the school.

The U of I rose from No. 11 last year in the ranking.

Topping the party school list was West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V.; followed by the University of Iowa in Iowa City, and Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

The 22,000-student West Virginia University also ranks at the top of the “lots of beer” list.

Back in 2009, Penn State was at the top of the party school list, and its notoriety sparked an entire episode of the radio program “This American Life.” But this year, Penn state ranked No. 11.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison came in at No. 13 on the party school list.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, the Princeton Review also released a “stone cold sober” list where the students are least prone to partying.

With regard to that list, it might be high time for University of Chicago students to rethink that old slogan, “Where fun comes to die.” Generations of U of C students have taken it as a point of self-deprecating pride that a 1993 survey ranked the school at No. 300 – dead last – among “fun” schools, five spaces behind Brigham Young and one behind the U.S. Military Academy.

But the U of C is nowhere to be found on the “stone cold sober” list in the Princeton Review.

An Illinois school did rank high on the list, though.

Wheaton College, the alma mater of evangelist Billy Graham, comes in second among the “stone cold sober” schools on the Princeton Review list. The school was topped only by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, which has topped the “stone cold sober” list for the past 15 years.