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UMd. Ranks 17th on 'Party School' List

The standings—published by the Princeton Review—measure alcohol and drug use, Greek life, and average study time.

The University of Maryland is the 17th best "party school" in the nation, according to rankings released this week by the Princeton Review.

West Virginia University tops the list, followed by the University of Iowa and Ohio University-Athens. Maryland is just behind the University of Texas at Austin, 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. 20 in last year's rankings.

By contrast, the nearby U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis was ranked no. 3 on this year's list of "stone-cold sober" schools.

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.

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