For the sixth time in its 58-year history, Playboy magazine has released its list of Top 10 Party Schools. The much-talked-about rankings, featured in the magazine’s May 2011 issue (on newsstands and online at www.playboydigital.com Friday, April 15) were determined by Playboy’s editors with input from students, fans of Playboy’s social media pages, alumni, feedback from Playboy campus representatives at schools across the country, and interviews with countless others. Additionally, other factors that were taken into consideration for the schools that made the list include their male-female ratios, academics, and the winning percentage of their sports teams, as well as their proximity to beaches, ski slopes and lively music scenes.
The following schools have earned a spot on Playboy’s 2011 Top 10 Party Schools list:
University of Colorado at Boulder
Pennsylvania State University
Arizona State University
University of Western Ontario
University of Texas at Austin
University of Wisconsin
University of Georgia
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
University of Central Florida
University of California, Santa Barbara
In addition to its Top 10 rankings, Playboy’s May issue also features a “Class Act” list which crowns 17 additional schools as category winners. Awards include “Most Coveted Dorm Room” (Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s old dorm at Harvard), “Best College Sports Bar” (The Swamp Restaurant in Gainesville, FL), and “Hottest Sorority” (San Diego State’s Alpha Phi chapter). A complete list of all of the winners can be found at www.playboy.com/partyschools.
Playboy last published its Top Party Schools list in May 2010 with the University of Texas at Austin crowned as the champion. The magazine’s first list, Top 40 Party Colleges, appeared in the January 1987 issue with California State University-Chico taking the #1 spot. Party school rankings have also appeared in the magazine’s November 2002, May 2006, and May 2009 issues.