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University of Texas Ranks No. 15 on Party School List

No Texas schools made the Princeton Review's sober schools list



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    College students consider the University of Iowa the nation's best party school according to the Princeton Review.

    While Iowa nabbed the top ranking Monday on a list determined by 126,000 students in a nationwide survey, the University of Texas at Austin ranked 15th on the list.

    The organization also released its "stone-cold sober schools" list -- led again this year by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; and followed by Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. No Texas institutions made the top 20.

    The rankings are based on surveys in which an average of 333 students per campus are asked 80 questions about a range of subjects in the last three school years. Its methodology uses a five-point scale, allowing for school-to-school comparisons.

    But the No. 1 spot seems out of step with national data released this year showing fewer Hawkeyes are drinking and engaging in high-risk drinking. The percentage of Iowa students who reported drinking in the last 30 days (75 percent) was the lowest in 20 years of studies, even if it was above the national average.

    The Princeton Review senior vice president Robert Franek said its lists are based completely on students' opinions, and that Iowa's ranking does not diminish the Review's "great respect" for the school's academics or progress it's made regarding alcohol issues on campus.

    The privately held education services company has published "The Best 378 Colleges" book annually since 1992. It includes 62 lists, such as the best-run college -- Claremont McKenna College in California -- and best college library -- Columbia University in New York City.

    Top 20 Party Schools

    1.University of IowaIowa City, Iowa
    2.University of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, Calif.
    3.University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbana, Ill.
    4.West Virginia UniversityMorgantown W. Va.
    5.Syracuse UniversitySyracuse, N.Y.
    6.University of FloridaGainesville, Fla.
    7.Ohio UniversityAthens, Ohio
    8.University of Wisconsin-MadisonMadison, Wis.
    9.Penn State UniversityUniversity Park, Pa.
    10.Lehigh UniversityBethlehem, Pa.
    11.University of GeorgiaAthens, Ga.
    12.Florida State UniversityTallahassee, Fla.
    13.DePauw UniversityGreencastle, Ind.
    14.University of MississippiUniversity, Miss.
    15.University of Texas at AustinAustin, Texas
    16.Miami University of OhioOxford, Ohio
    17.University of MarylandCollege Park, Md.
    18.Tulane UniversityNew Orleans, La.
    19.University of VermontBurlington, Vt.
    20.University of OregonEugene, Ore.

    Top 20 Sober Schools

    1.Brigham Young UniversityProvo, Utah
    2.Wheaton CollegeWheaton, Ill.
    3.College of the OzarksPoint Lookout, Mo.
    4.Thomas Aquinas CollegeSanta Paula, Calif.
    5.U.S. Military AcademyWest Point, N.Y.
    6.Grove City CollegeGrove City, Pa.
    7.Wesleyan CollegeMacon, Ga.
    8.U.S. Coast Guard AcademyNew London, Conn.
    9.U.S. Naval AcademyAnnapolis, Md.
    10.Calvin CollegeGrand Rapids, Mich.
    11.City University of New York-Brooklyn CollegeBrooklyn, N.Y.
    12.City University of New York-City CollegeNew York City
    13.City University of New York-Queens CollegeFlushing, N.Y.
    14.Mills CollegeOakland, Calif.
    15.Agnes Scott CollegeAtlanta/Decatur, Ga.
    16.Franklin W. Olin College of EngineeringNeedham, Mass.
    17.California Institute of TechnologyPasadena, Calif.
    18.Simmons CollegeBoston
    19.Wellesley CollegeWellesley, Mass.
    20.Xavier University of LouisianaNew Orleans

    Associated Press writers Scott Bauer in Madison, Wis., and David Mercer in Champaign, Ill., contributed to this report.