University Of Illinois Crowned Top Party School By Princeton Review

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the new top party school, according Princeton Review's annual ranking. 

The University of Iowa is the runner up for the second year in a row, after taking the top party school crown in 2014. The University of Wisconsin-Madison, ranked No. 1 in 2006, came in third this time around. Last year's top party school, Syracuse University, fell to fifth place in the 2015-16 ranking. 

This year marks the first time Illinois has taken the top spot on the annual party rankings, released Monday by Princeton Review to go with the publishing of their new "Best 380 Colleges" book. 

UIUC did not provide comment. 

Rankings are determined through a survey administered to 136,000 students at 380 top colleges to produce 62 different lists. Students are asked 80 questions about their school's academics, administration, student body and themselves, according to the Princeton Review.  

The top 20 party schools ranked by Princeton Review for 2016 are listed below.

  • 20. College of Charleston
  • 19. Miami University of Ohio
  • 18. University of Vermont
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  • 17. DePauw University
  • 16. Ohio University
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  • 15. Florida State University
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  • 14. University of Florida
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  • 13. Penn State University
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  • 12. University of Mississippi
  • 11. Lehigh University
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  • 10. Colgate University

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  • 9. Tulane University
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  • 8. University of Georgia
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  • 7. West Virginia University
  • 6. University of California-Santa Barbara
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  • 5. Syracuse University
  • 4. Bucknell University
  • 3. University of Wisconsin - Madison
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  • 2. University of Iowa
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  • 1. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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