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U. of Illinois named third top party school, Iowa tops list

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The University of Iowa may top the list of the nation's top party schools but the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign isn't far behind.

The owner of Martinis, one of the most popular bars in Iowa City, told FOX 32 News it's not just the nightspots, there are more reasons that Iowa ranks number one.

"I know tailgating, we're super famous for our before football game tailgates and that magic contributes to the party ranking as well," says Josh Erceg, general manager of Martinis.

Illinois' flagship university comes in at No. 3 on the list that The Princeton Review released on Monday. The list is determined by a nationwide survey.

The campus' party reputation is enhanced by a single annual event, Unofficial St. Patrick's Day-- or, simply, Unofficial. It's when thousands converge for a day of drinking at parties and in bars. Local police ticket hundreds every year.

"I think we've gained some notoriety with "Unofficial," which is a drinking holiday, essentially, which has become a U of I tradition," says Tracy, who attends the University of Illinois. "And people actually come from other universities, to the U of I just to party."

Students age 19 can enter bars in Champaign and age 18 in Urbana.

At Northern Illinois University last fall, freshman David Bogenberger died from excessive drinking. 22 fraternity members have been charged in connection with the alleged hazing death. So does the party scene play a role in choosing a college?

"I like to think no, but I think it's a definite yes," says Bailey, a student. "You hear a certain reputation about a school, like, I just want to be involved with it. Be cool to go there, it's kind of this hierarchy of the party school, just happens, I guess."

The Princeton Review also released its "stone-cold sober schools" list -- led again this year by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah; and followed by Wheaton College in Wheaton.



1. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2. University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, Calif.

3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Ill.

4. West Virginia University, Morgantown W. Va.

5. Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

6. University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.

7. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

8. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wis.

9. Penn State University, University Park, Pa.

10. Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

11. University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

12. Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla.

13. DePauw University, Greencastle, Ind.

14. University of Mississippi, University, Miss.

15. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

16. Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio

17. University of Maryland, College Park, Md.

18. Tulane University, New Orleans, La.

19. University of Vermont, Burlington, Vt.

20. University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.



1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.

3. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.

4. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif.

5. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

6. Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.

7. Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.

8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.

9. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

10. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.

11. City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.

12. City University of New York-City College, New York City

13. City University of New York-Queens College, Flushing, N.Y.

14. Mills College, Oakland, Calif.

15. Agnes Scott College, Atlanta/Decatur, Ga.

16. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.

17. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

18. Simmons College, Boston

19. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.

20. Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

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