West Virginia University is known as a party school where no one would be surprised if someone there tweeted out a video of students flipping a car or lighting a couch on fire. But they might be surprised to learn that students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seem to post more tweets about drinking.
The analysis counted alcohol-related tweets that were made within 3 miles of the campus center, and then calculated the rankings by applying the number per capita, based on the school's enrollment. The tweets were collected during the 2014-15 school year, and included those with keywords like "drunk," "drinking," "alcohol," "booze," "beer" or "wine."
The ranking for large schools includes some known party schools like WVU and Ohio University. Among the Ivy League, Brown University is considered the school where students talk the most about drinking on Twitter, followed by Yale University. The University of Pennsylvania, which was somehow ranked the No. 1 party school in 2014 by Playboy magazine, lands in third among the Ivies on the drunk tweet countdown.
One caveat to note is that this looked at geolocated tweets, so it's possible that they included non-student posts. But many of them are residential campuses, suggesting that the non-student impact is minimal.
The top 10 "Large Schools," where enrollment exceeds 15,000, that have the most per capita drinking tweets:
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- West Virginia University
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Ohio University
- California State University, Chico
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- University of South Carolina
- Boise State University
- Eastern Michigan University
- Bowling Green State University
The top 10 "Midsized Schools," where enrollments ranges from 10,000 to 15,000, that have the most per capita drinking tweets:
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- College of Charleston
- Johnson & Wales University
- Tufts University
- Strayer University
- University of Southern Maine
- Yale University
- University of Michigan - Flint
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
(A note about CollegeStats.org: It features a prominent box that purports to help website visitors find where to get a degree in three steps, but it leads you to their "Sponsored Schools," which are primarily for-profit colleges. If you would like to know why those types of schools are problematic, head to this page for our previous coverage.)