LOS ANGELES — For the first time, West Virginia University sits at the top of Playboy’s Top Ten Party Schools list this year.

The list, which is featured in the October issue of Playboy, is as follows:

1. West Virginia University

2. University of Wisconsin

3. University of Colorado

4. University of Southern California

5. Florida State University

6. University of Texas

7. Louisiana State University

8. University of Georgia

9. Arizona State University

10. University of Maryland

Staffers with the magazine said, to compile the list, they used data from resources including the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, the U.S. Economic Census and feedback from social media users.

Last year, the University of Virginia held the top spot.

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  • cutty77

    WVU has earned this over along period of time. Well deserved WVU. lol

  • DH

    I question the validity of this poll... how does the University of Virginia go from 1st last year to dropping out of the poll? Seems strange to me...

    • Habib Haddad

      Have you been to Charlottesville? Better to stay on I-64 and end up in Richmond. Now that's a party town with multiple colleges.

  • ConservativeRealist

    "...to compile the list, they used data from resources including the National Center for Education Statistics, the NCAA, the U.S. Economic Census..." - The NCAA helps track this?-?-?

    At least now all of you Mountaineer die-hards can boast that your are ranked in the top-ten of at least one (1) NCAA poll...

  • DonaldH

    My gosh, how many of you people have lived in Morgantown-- It's grey, cold, wet and ugly 80% of the school year-- who wouldn't stay stoned or drunk under those conditions!! And look at the alternative for in-state schooling-- You could send your kids to Huntington for an education were they would run the risk of being shot while pumping gas in the cross fire of gang violence....

    • J the C

      I spent seven years in Motown and loved every minute. When I received my second degree, although anxious to start earning a living, I reflected on how I could extend my stay.

    • WVU 74

      "My gosh, how many of you people have lived in Morgantown--" Born there, raised there, left there.
      At one time in the 1970s, WAJR had a DJ that went by the name of "Bill Fox".

      He always referred to Morgantown as, "The wretched little village" on his afternoon program. True then, true today ....

  • CaptainQ

    Gee, when did colleges stop being centered on academics and become more focused on partying and athletics?

    Is this first place standing a source of pride, or of shame?

    • J the C


    • Guardian

      I suggest you go back and look at that list closely - we are grouped with some pretty serious academic institutions there. I am not advocating a desire to be ranked as a party school, but in this group of 10 we are included with some schools that don't have any worries about academics.

  • WV Patriot

    Look at this in a positive note, at least we are number one in something. I'm tired of my home state being 47-48 in everything else.

  • Bandit

    a fictional list with fictional research. No college publishes information on the partying of their students,it doesn't exist. This is about selling copies. Every school has its share of parties. Some of the wildest parties I attended as a student were at an ivy league school. This is a non story. As an undergrad I did my share of fun but so do students at every school. 18-22 year olds without parental supervision for the first time are going to sow some oats. Some of the biggest partys at just about any school are held by 40-50 somethings who use sporting events as an excuse to spend all weekend drinking.

    • Miles

      You think WVU being the top party school sells copies?

  • WVU_93

    Finally, we have reached the top of the mountain. All the years of hard work have paid off. Well Done!!

  • pc

    Ah, our "Flagship U". Anyone really wonder why this state sits at number 50 in any meaningful ranking of states, and number 49 moves farther ahead of us with each passing day?

  • WVU 74

    YES !!! The tradition continues,

  • Coalwiz

    I'm a pround alumnus of our great school.....but I will admit that while our school is no community college as far as academics go, the party reputation is well deserved. I've seen it and lived it first-hand. And I attended several colleges and none of them had a social scene like WVU. I'm just shocked that with the law changes the number one party school wasn't the University of Colorado. Seemed like an easy pick to me.

    • Wowbagger

      I've been watching this from a nearby place for a long time. WVU is actually a lot like a Community College during the first year. After all, they have no real admissions standards. If you have the money or can borrow it and have a diploma they will take your money and you can attend.

      After the first year some of the party school survivors (generally those who know how to study and reject a lot of the really heavy duty partying) distinguish themselves to faculty and start to be recognized as serious students. Then their real education begins.

  • GregG

    Hey, we beat Maryland!! Too bad we couldn't beat them this past Saturday.

  • So Tired

    Don't they just pick the same schools every year? How much "research" do they actually do? It's much easier to sit in their offices and choose the same schools every year because no one is going to question it anymore. I bet the "professionals" at the magazine don't even know where WVU is located. Somewhere near Richmond, right?

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  • Mac

    Unbelievable, but then again, the party-hearty crowd carries a lot of swag, even though they don't represent the majority of our hard-working students. Seeing how our football team is headed to the toilet, this may be our ONLY source of recognition.

  • Desperate

    So proud.....sigh.....