An In-Depth Look at Party Life on College Campuses

An In-Depth Look at Party Life on College Campuses

Colleges across the nation are in full swing, and aside from their coursework, many students are beginning to engage in the vibrant social scene that occurs outside the classroom. A scene that can often wreak havoc on the academic careers of young people.

It’s no secret that colleges want to showcase the rich educational opportunities they offer to their students. Each year schools across the nation share information on acceptance rates, academic rigor, graduation rates, and even provide information on the high number of students who landed a job post-graduation. And, although these statistics can be impressive, there are some other figures associated with college life that prospective students may want to check out and those include the party atmosphere.

And the Winners Are…

Each year, the Princeton Review names the nation’s top party schools based on students’ responses to the high use of alcohol and drugs at their school, number of hours they spend studying outside of class, and the high popularity of fraternities and sororities.

The findings are reported below:

Top 10 Party Schools in the Nation

  1. University of Delaware
  2. West Virginia
  3. Tulane University
  4. Syracuse University
  5. Bucknell University
  6. Lehigh University
  7. UC Santa Barbara
  8. University of Wisconsin
  9. Colgate University
  10. University of Rhode Island

From a cold draft to scotch on the rocks, when asked what students like to drink, here’s what they reported:

Top 5 Beer Drinking Colleges

  1. Lehigh University
  2. University of Dayton
  3. University of Wisconsin-Madison
  4. West Virginia University
  5. Union College (New York)

Top 5 Hard Liquor Drinking Colleges

  1. University of Delaware
  2. Juniata College
  3. Connecticut College
  4. University of California–Santa Barbara
  5. Tulane University

The Nation’s Top Sober Schools

To be fair, not all students partake in the party scene. And the Princeton Review also released information on the nation’s top “Stone-Cold Sober Schools.”

This category is based on surveyed students’ responses to the low use of alcohol and drugs at their school, the number of hours they spend studying outside of class, and the low popularity of fraternities and sororities.

Here’s a look at the list:

Top 10 Stone-Cold Sober Schools

  1. Brigham Young University (Utah)
  2. College of the Ozarks
  3. Wheaton College (Illinois)
  4. Calvin College
  5. The United States Air Force Academy
  6. Gordon College
  7. Thomas Aquinas College
  8. Grove City College
  9. City University of New York-Baruch College
  10. City University of New York-Hunter College

The Campus Sex Scene

Aside from the booze, many college students hook up and engage in the sex scene. College Stats conducted a survey of over 2,000 current and former college students to get an idea of what goes on outside the classroom. The survey asked students about the frequency of intercourse, sexually activity, the number of partners, and whether they used protection.

Surprisingly, only 38% of college students reported that they always used a condom during intercourse. That’s a concerning statistic, considering sexually transmitted illnesses are on the rise in college students. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 20 million new STIs occur every year in the U.S. and about half of those are among young people aged 15–24.

College Stats also ranked the top ten nation’s schools according to sexual activity and the findings are listed below:

Top 10 Most Sexually Active Campuses

  1. Temple University
  2. Rutgers University (New Brunswick)
  3. Texas A&M University
  4. University of South Carolina
  5. Cornell University
  6. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  7. California State University (Los Angeles)
  8. Virginia Commonwealth University
  9. Michigan State University
  10. Florida State University

From drugs and alcohol to sex and partying, college students are exposed to a whole new world when they head off to school. A world that can quickly get them into a lot of trouble if they don’t make wise decisions. Fortunately, college officials know that most of their students are young and may encounter situations that require professional help.

5 Campus Resources Every Student Should Know About

It’s not easy for college students, especially first-year students, to strike a balance between the academic and social life. Fortunately, there are many wonderful on-campus resources available to students to help them succeed and many of them are free or low cost.

Here’s a look at five resources all college students should know about:

  • Counseling Services: Many college campuses offer counseling support services to students. These centers are staffed with professional counselors that are equipped to help young people cope with their psychological and emotional needs.
  • Crisis Centers/Hotlines: A lot of schools have hotlines to support students in a time of crisis. Whether it’s a sexual assault, suicidal ideation, or drug use there are trained people to assist young people in getting the help they need during critical times.
  • Health & Wellness Centers: Many campuses offer free or low-cost health and wellness visits for students. So, if students need to see someone for a physical or mental check-up these professionals are there to assist.
  • Legal Services: A lot of large universities have lawyers and legal professionals that can provide advice or legal consultation to students. Students may need to seek out this service especially if they get themselves into a sticky situation that needs legal attention.
  • Public Safety Services: In the event, students are out and about on campus late at night and need to arrive back to their destination safely many colleges have campus security or police and some even have on-campus escorts. Additionally, large universities may even offer shuttle or bus services.

Evaluating the Reputation of a College

Clearly, colleges and universities would prefer their reputation to be built around their academic credentials, not how often their students’ party. But before casting judgment on a college for being a party school, it’s important to take into account that alcohol, drugs, and sex occur on every campus across the nation.

No institution is unaffected. That’s why it’s important that we help students understand the repercussions of drinking, using drugs and engaging in unprotected sex at an early age.

Additionally, we need to teach students how to strike a healthy balance between their school work and social life. So, when they go to the school of their dreams, they are equipped to handle both the academic and peer pressure.

Most importantly, they are empowered to make wise decisions that will have a positive impact on their future.


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