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Party on, Gators! Party on, Seminoles!

The University of Florida and Florida State University placed 16th and 18th, respectively, on the Princeton Review’s 2020 ranking of the top 20 party schools in the country.

Syracuse University ranked No. 1.

In 2019, Florida ranked 18th and Florida State ranked 19th, according to Princeton Review.

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The New York-based college admission services company’s 62 annual college rankings are based on what students attending the schools in its Best Colleges book tell Princeton Review about their colleges and their experiences.

Each ranking reports the top 20 colleges (of the 385 in the book) in a specific category. Other annual lists include schools with the best libraries, dorms, food and happiest students.

For the top party school ranking, Princeton Review surveys students on the use of drugs and alcohol, the number of hours students spend studying outside of class and the popularity of fraternities and sororities.

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Florida State University and University of Florida football fans watch the annual rivalry game Nov. 28, 2015, at Seville Quarter in Pensacola. Florida State won 27-2. Florida ranked No. 16 and Florida State ranked No. 18 on Princeton Review’s list of 2020 top party schools. (Photo: Jody Link/

Here are 2020’s top 20 party schools, according to Princeton Review:

  1. Syracuse University
  2. The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
  3. University of Delaware
  4. West Virginia University
  5. Tulane University
  6. University of California, Santa Barbara
  7. Colgate University
  8. Wake Forest University
  9. Bucknell University
  10. University of Rhode Island
  11. University of Maine
  12. Union College (New York)
  13. University of Wisconsin
  14. University of Vermont
  15. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  16. University of Florida
  17. Sonoma State University
  18. Florida State University
  19. University of Dayton
  20. University of Connecticut

Florida also ranked seventh on the lots of beer list; 13th on the best value colleges without financial aid list; 14th on the is that a dorm? list; 16th on the best career services list; and 17th on professors get low marks list, according to Princeton Review.

Florida State also ranked first on the best college athletic facilities list; seventh on the best college theater list; eighth on the lots of Greek life list; ninth on best college health services list; 10th on everyone plays intramural sports list; 13th on the most active student government list; and 14th on students pack the stadium list.

For more information on Princeton Review’s college ranking methodology, go here.

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Maureen Kenyon is TCPalm’s trends reporter, keeping Treasure Coast residents updated on hot topics and happenings. Do you have a story to tell? Want to start a conversation? Send an email to, call 772-221-4249 or follow her on Twitter @_MaureenKenyon_.


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