Iowa Finally Wins Something, Named Top Party School

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 5, 2013

Nov 12, 2011; Iowa City, IA, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes fans with body paint during the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Kinnick Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
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Take a bow, Iowa Hawkeyes—that is, if you aren't too buzzed to do so. 

The program may be coming off a 4-8 season, but there is reason to hold up your red plastic cup filled with Natty Ice and toast to some tremendous news. 

The Princeton Review, wanting to rank every conceivable portion of the college life, released its annual rankings for "party" and "sober" schools. 

Here's the top five from each list thanks to The Associated Press (via The Washington Post). 


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.


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.

My fellow Cal Bears need to get cracking on the late-night debauchery, because they are as vacant from this ranking as they are from football polls. 

Personal slights aside, we have to doff our caps to Iowa students, who are no doubt celebrating a rare No. 1 spot atop the collegiate world. 

Yes, we know the Hawkeyes won the Outback Bowl and the Insight Bowl as recently as 2010, but nailing the top spot on this list is far bigger than any BCS victory. 

Since that time, the program has gone 11-14 in two seasons, with only some of its fans noticing in between stupors. But it's all to the good, because they can now throw a victory parade for something truly remarkable. 

Even the Oregon Ducks look foolish with their No. 20 party-school ranking. Perhaps those go-getters in Eugene should put the books down and head out to a frat party or two. 

The AP (via USA Today) has a full report on rankings it says come from 126,000 students who answered a nationwide survey. 

As it notes, stick-in-the-mud Iowa officials will shun the ranking, but it's clear that Iowa students know how to let their hair down. 

Packed Iowa City bars blaring dance music, off-campus house parties and tailgating before Hawkeye football games are as much a part of Iowa's culture as the cornfields that surround the city. Fraternities and sororities also contribute to the party atmosphere.

Not to bring you all down, but the report does state Iowa is far more sensible than it has been in recent years. 

But the No. 1 spot seems out of step with national data released this year showing fewer Hawkeyes are drinking and engaging in high-risk drinking. The percentage of Iowa students who reported drinking in the last 30 days (75 percent) was the lowest in 20 years of studies, even if it was above the national average.

Go ahead and spread the news, and start printing those No. 1 T-shirts, because Iowa reigns supreme. 

Now, someone wake it up in time for football season. 


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