IU has been named the country’s No. 16 party school in the 2011 Princeton Review survey released Monday.
Ohio University topped the list, knocking the University of Georgia down a slot from
last year. Ohio has made the list numerous times the past decade, but this is the first time it earned the No. 1 title.
IU has also been ranked in the top 20 party schools several times in the past 10 years.
In 2002, the University appeared out of left field to claim the No. 1 spot. IU was not on the list at all in 2001.
The placement was met with speculation and derision by campus officials at
“The notion of party school has become synonymous with alcohol, which is a perversion,” said then-IU Dean of Students Richard McKaig in August 2002.
Bill Stephan, vice president for public affairs at the time, told the Associated Press the school had been cracking down on partying following the 1998 alcohol-related death of a student. In 2000, five IU fraternities were suspended or expelled after violating alcohol policies.
“I think there are some serious questions about the methodology of the study and it really calls into question the credibility of the ranking,” Stephan said.
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