Playboy Releases Its List of the Top 10 Party Schools in America

texaschapsFor only the fifth time in its 57-year history, Playboy magazine has released its list of America’s Top 10 Party Schools. The much-talked-about rankings, featured in the magazine’s May 2010 issue (available on newsstands and at on Friday, April 16), were determined by Playboy’s editors, with input from the magazine’s campus representatives, models, photographers, online voters, and student readers.

The following schools have earned a spot on Playboy’s 2010 Top 10 Party Schools list:

1. University of Texas at Austin
2. West Virginia University
3. University of Wisconsin-Madison
4. University of Miami
5. East Carolina University
6. Arizona State University
7. Rollins College
8. University of California-Santa Barbara
9. Plymouth State University
10. University of Iowa

In addition to its Top 10 rankings, Playboy’s May issue also features a “Best in Class” list which crowns 23 additional schools as category winners. Awards include “Hottest Cheerleaders” (USC), “Best College Sports Bar” (The Houndstooth in Tuscaloosa, Alabama), and “Best Halloween Party” (Ohio University). A complete list of winners, along with additional party pictures and video clips, can be found on

In celebration of Playboy’s party school rankings, the magazine will throw two legendary parties sponsored by Playboy Fragrances for Men. The first party will be held on Thursday, April 22 in Austin to honor the University of Texas as America’s top party school. A second bonus party will be held on Saturday, April 24 in Tempe to award ASU students for their longtime commitment to partying and for making Playboy’s Top Party School List 5 times (1987, 2002, 2006, 2009, and 2010). In addition, Playboy’s editorial team voted ASU’s co-eds the hottest of 2010. Both bashes will take place at a bar near campus and will include Playmates, Playboy models, giveaways, magazines, and a special award honoring each school’s partying prowess.

Playboy last published its Top Party Schools list in May 2009 with the University of Miami 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 and May 2006 issues.