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Top Party Schools: University of Maryland Ranks 17th on Princeton Review's 2013-14 List

The University of Iowa topped the list.

The University of Maryland was named the 17th best party school by the Princeton Review. (Credit: Flickr/carmichaellibrary, CC BY 2.0)
The University of Maryland was named the 17th best party school by the Princeton Review. (Credit: Flickr/carmichaellibrary, CC BY 2.0)

The University of Maryland is the 17th best "party school" in the nation, according to a list released Monday from the 2014 edition of the Princeton Review's The Best 378 Colleges.

The University of Iowa tops the list, followed by the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Maryland is just behind Miami University of Ohio, which came in at no. 16.

The standings are based on surveys asking students about alcohol and drug use, the popularity of fraternities and sororities on campus, and the amount of time they spend studying outside of class. Those on the "party school" list rank high in the first two categories and low in the last.

Maryland has made it onto the board before, coming in at no. 17 in last year's rankings, as well.

The Princeton Review is a test prep and admissions consulting company. It publishes an annual set of college rankings, measuring everything from academics to extracurriculars to campus food.

Here's full rundown of the top 20 "party schools:"

1. University of Iowa
2. University of California
3. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
4. West Virginia University
5. Syracuse University
6. University of Florida
7. Ohio University
8. University of Wisconsin-Madison
9. Penn State University
10. Lehigh University
11. University of Georgia
12. Florida State University
13. DePauw University
14. University of Mississippi
15. University of Texas at Austin
16. Miami University of Ohio
17. University of Maryland
18. Tulane University
19. University of Vermont
20. University of Oregon

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