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Picking the right college to attend is a daunting task. I remember going through the process, and it wasn’t easy, although living close to one of the biggest universities in the country made it a bit easer, as I picked Michigan State University.

Some students really want to have fun in college. I mean, having fun is important, but my little bit of advice is to pick a school that has a good record in your chosen program and where you think you’ll be able to grow both academically and socially.

That said, the staff at Barstool Sports has put together a list of the Top 50 Party Schools in the country. I don’t really see a metric behind why these schools were chosen, but Barstool is known for their party-happy web content, so they must have done some kind of research. As it turns out, Michigan has two of the top party schools in the U.S. Michigan comes in at No. 39 on the list, and Michigan State is No. 27. I actually think both schools have great academics, too, so maybe the mantra is work hard, play hard.

My buddy Joe Winner over at ESPN Florida first posted this story, noting that this is quite a comprehensive list. Read on for the full scoop on the top 50 party schools in the U.S., and best of luck in your college search!

  • Top 50 'Party Schools' in the U.S.

    This list is via Barstool Sports. My buddy Joe Winner over at ESPN Florida first posted this story, noting that this is quite a comprehensive tally. Read on for the full scoop on the top 50 party schools in the U.S., and best of luck in your college search!

  • 50. Kentucky

  • 49. University of Pennsylvania

  • 48. Florida Atlantic University

  • 47. FGCU

    Florida Gulf Coast University | Turning Ideas Into Impact

    FGCU is a public, 4-year university in Fort Myers, Florida, offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. We are an NCAA Division I school.

  • 46. Jacksonville

  • 45. UCLA

  • 44. LSU

    Welcome to LSU, a top research university | Baton Rouge, La.

    LSU is an elite research university tackling global challenges, with a unique culture, top academic programs, and a rich and rewarding educational experience.

  • 43. Florida

  • 42. Oklahoma

  • 41. Texas

  • 40. Ohio State

  • 39. Michigan

  • 38. Santa Barbara

  • 37. James Madison

  • 36. UNC

  • 35. University of Missouri

  • 34. University of Kansas

  • 33. Howard University

  • 32. UAB

    The University of Alabama at Birmingham | UAB

    UAB is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education.

  • 31. Bucknell

    Welcome to Bucknell University | Bucknell University

    Make a decision that will change your life for the better, every day. Choose Bucknell, a place where your faculty will inspire you to take bold steps in learning as you innovate, lead, prepare for your career and form friendships for life on our campus in

  • 30. Cincinnati


  • 29. Tennessee

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    There's something for everyone at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. We can't wait for you to call our campus home sweet home!

  • 28. CU Boulder

    University of Colorado Boulder

    The University of Colorado Boulder is a bold, innovative community of scholars and learners who accelerate human potential to solve the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of our time. Come to CU Boulder and discover what you can be.

  • 27. Michigan State

    Spartan excellence and our will to make a difference are making a better tomorrow for all.

    Spartan excellence and our will to make a difference are making a better tomorrow for all.

  • 26. San Diego State


    Since its founding in 1897, the university has grown to become a leading public research university, and a federally-designated Hispanic-serving Institution. Dr. Adela de la Torre is the current president of San Diego State University (SDSU).

  • 25. Delaware

    University of Delaware

    The University of Delaware is a diverse institution of higher learning, fostering excellence in research. UD has eight colleges, providing outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional education, serving the local, regional, national and international communities.

  • 24. U Miami

    University of Miami

    A private research university with more than 16,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.

  • 23. Wisconsin

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

    The University of Wisconsin is a top-ranked research institution located in Madison, Wisconsin, providing exceptional education opportunities to undergraduates, graduate and professional students.

  • 22. Maine

    The University of Maine

    UMaine is the state's premier public university and is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast.

  • 21. Southern Cal

    University of Southern California

    USC is one of the world's leading research universities. At USC, the human spirit is cultivated through learning, research and creativity.

  • 20. University of Mississippi

    University of Mississippi | Ole Miss

    Build your legacy at Ole Miss. Explore our programs, research opportunities, and campus life at olemiss.edu.

  • 19. Syracuse

    Syracuse University

    Syracuse University, founded in 1870 and comprised of thirteen schools and colleges, is a private research university in the heart of New York State.

  • 18. Dayton

    University of Dayton : University of Dayton, Ohio

    The University of Dayton is a top-tier national Catholic research university with a mission of service and leadership in community.

  • 17. Ohio University

    Welcome to Ohio University

    Ohio University offers more than 250 programs, including undergraduate and graduate-level study with outstanding professors. At OHIO, you'll gain knowledge, skills, and experiences for career success.

  • 16. East Carolina

    Home - East Carolina University

    Official site of East Carolina University (ECU), Greenville, NC-innovative academics, vibrant campus life, commitment to success.

  • 15. Illinois

    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    Information for students, alumni, and parents from Illinois flagship public university, a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement.

  • 14. U. South Carolina

    University of South Carolina

    Remarkable academics. World-changing research. Welcoming student life. Experience all that's possible at the state's flagship university.

  • 13. Chico State

    Chico State

    Chico State offers a high-quality, high-value education through more than 100 degrees in undergraduate and graduate studies.

  • 12. Indiana

    Indiana University Bloomington

    Founded in 1820, IU Bloomington is the flagship campus of IU's eight campuses and is known for innovation, creativity, and academic freedom.

  • 11. Miami of Ohio

    No. 3 Public for Undergrad Teaching

    Miami University is nationally ranked as a top public university and located in Oxford, Ohio.

  • 10. Arizona

    University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

    The University of Arizona: Recognized for outstanding academics and a student-first outlook filled with wonder.

  • 9. UMass

    UMass Amherst

    UMass Amherst is the largest public research university in New England distinguished by top-ranked academics, innovative research, and programs. Be Revolutionary.

  • 8. Iowa

    The University of Iowa | The University of Iowa

    Ranked among the top 5% of universities in the world. 200+ areas of study. Located in one of America's best college towns. Come see what it means to be a Hawkeye.

  • 7. Florida State

    Florida State University

    FSU, designated a preeminent university in the state of Florida, is one of the most respected research and learning institutions in the country.

  • 6. Penn State

    Penn State University

    Penn State is a major, public, research-I university serving Pennsylvania and the global community. Learn more about our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs.

  • 5. Georgia


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  • 4. Tulane

    Home | Tulane University

    Tulane University is a comprehensive research university in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tulanians see challenges as opportunities, and strive to improve the lives of others in our own community and around the globe.

  • 3. Arizona State

    ASU Homepage | Arizona State University

    New programs for all ages Ambition, curiosity, creativity and passion don't fit in any one box. No matter who you are or how you learn, ASU is ready to serve learners at every stage of life.

  • 2. WVU

    West Virginia University

    WVU is a family of distinctive campuses united by a single mission: to provide a quality and affordable education. No matter who you are, you'll find your niche here.

  • 1. Alabama

    The University of Alabama

    Official Web Site of The University of Alabama. Founded in 1831 as the state's flagship university, UA is a student-centered research university and academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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