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Top Sober Schools: Brigham Young, Wheaton, College of Ozarks

By Michael Mullins   |   Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013 07:08 AM

The top sober schools in the United States are Brigham Young University, Wheaton College, and the College of the Ozarks, with several military schools rounding out the top ten, according to The Princeton Review in its 2014 edition of "The Best 378 Colleges" book released on Monday.

Known for its standardized test preparation and college admission counseling, The Princeton Review also releases an annual college rankings list in the form of a book that features 62 categories including:

• Best-Run College - Claremont McKenna College (CA)

• Most Beautiful Campus - University of Mississippi (MS)

• Best Campus Food - Bowdoin College (ME)

• Best Athletic Facilities - Kenyon College (OH)

• Most Conservative Students - Auburn University (AL)

•Most Liberal Students - Bennington College (VT)

Parents and more scholarly students might focus on categories such as "Great Financial Aid," "Best College Library," and "Most Accessible Professors," but other eyes will likely drift to the two categories receiving the most attention among media circles: "Top 20 Party Schools" and "The Top 20 Stone-Cold Sober Schools."

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The Mormon school of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, took first place in the sober school category while the University of Iowa is considered to be the top party school in the nation, followed by the University of California in Santa Barbara, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The Associated Press reported.

A complete list of the "Top 20 Party Schools" and "The Top 20 Stone-Cold Sober Schools," is at the end of this article.

The rankings in "The Best 378 Colleges: 2014" edition are based on surveys from 126,000 students attending what The Princeton Review considers to be the 378 top colleges in the U.S, according to its press release.

Penn State received the honor for "Best Career Center Services." Students at Swarthmore College gave their school the highest satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

"The Best 378 Colleges" book is available on The Princeton Review's website for a list price of $23.99.

Top 20 Party Schools

1. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2. University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.

3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.

4. West Virginia University, Morgantown W. Va.

5. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

6. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

7. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

8. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

9. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

11. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

12. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

13. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

14. University of Mississippi, University, Miss.

15. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

16. Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio

17. University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

18. Tulane University, New Orleans, La.

19. University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

20. University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

Top 20 Sober Schools

1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

3. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.

4. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif.

5. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

6. Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.

7. Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.

8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.

9. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

10. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

11. City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.

12. City University of New York-City College, New York City

13. City University of New York-Queens College, Flushing, N.Y.

14. Mills College, Oakland, Calif.

15. Agnes Scott College, Atlanta/Decatur, Ga.

16. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.

17. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

18. Simmons College, Boston

19. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.

20. Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

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