Playboy's annual ranking of the top party schools placed Ohio University, the University of Iowa, and Florida State University at the top of the heap for 2015.
"Athens is home to one of the country’s largest Halloween block parties — a drunken fete so epic it attracts such sponsors as the infamous caffeinated alcohol Four Loko," the publication wrote
"Court Street, which connects the campus to Athens’s dining district, is a barhopper’s dream: The tiny half-mile stretch boasts 18 bars. And thanks to statewide decriminalization of marijuana possession, students frequently toke up at the appropriately named Bong Hill."
Ohio dethroned last year's party champ, the University of Pennsylvania, which didn't even make the top 10 this year.
Playboy based its rankings on "a variety of factors . . . including access to nightlife and musical events, and creativity when planning social gatherings." According to WCPO Cincinnati
, the publication also pulled data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, and the U.S. Economic Census.
Writing about the University of Iowa, Playboy gave credit to the local bar scene for keeping the party raging.
"The biggest enablers have always been Iowa City’s bars, which grant entry to anyone 19 and over — but only until 10 p.m. Then, last year the Union Bar, home of the stickiest floor in the Midwest, found a legal loophole: If an establishment declares itself an 'entertainment venue,' all ages are welcome until closing time," it wrote.
As for FSU, Playboy noted that the Seminoles are "one of the nation’s top football teams" and also that, "Booze is plentiful and cheap, with specials every night."
Playboy began ranking the top party schools in January 1987. The Princeton Review also releases an annual list of party schools, and this year included Syracuse University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Iowa.
Here is the complete top 10 list, according to Playboy:
1. Ohio University
2. University of Iowa
3. Florida State University
4. Tulane University
5. University of Illinois
6. University of Texas
7. Syracuse University
8. University of Wisconsin
9. University of Mississippi
10. University of Michigan
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