It can be either the best or the worst day for parents who are sending their children away from home to attend college. Some might be thankful to have the house free to themselves for the first time in forever, while others can't help but worry about what will happen to their beloved kids once they leave the nest and venture into the world alone. Luckily, many famous campuses have great reputations, you just won't find those ones on this list. What you will find here are the names of campuses renowned for parties, alcohol, misbehaving and general crazy culture. It's up to you if you want to avoid letting your children attend these places, or you could purposefully send them to one of these to teach them a lesson or two in rough living.
I'm sure that not everyone who attends these fine establishments are out-the-gate alcoholics, but you will need to know what to expect and prepare for what college life can do to a person.
10 University of Texas – Austin, Texas
The culture at UT is well known for having a somewhat unquenchable thirst. With a large part of the downtown area devoted to bars and night clubs, people still feel unsatisfied, and as a result house parties and fraternity parties are very common and very big.
One particular party, which occurred in 2015, turned a few heads simply for its theme. Hosted by the Fiji Fraternity who claimed the party was of an ol' western theme, droves upon droves of people turned up wearing ponchos, sombreros or construction uniforms combined with name tags stating “Hi, I'm Pablo”.
9 Tulane University – New Orleans, Louisiana
8 Penn State University – University Park, Pennsylvania
Featuring the world's 4th largest football stadium, it's no surprise that Penn State has a very serious football culture. Well, you know what goes hand in hand with that don't you? Alcohol! What separates this college from many other “party colleges” is its absolute commitment to the sport. Here, the parties are always cranking when there is a football game going on, often with the party moving into the street.
7 University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia
Unfortunately UGA had a dark start to the year in 2015 with a number of student deaths, two of which were due to drugs and alcohol, highlighting the dangers of partying too hard but the University of Georgia was known for having a hardcore drinking culture before these events.
6 University of Wisconsin – Madison, Wisconsin
Not only was UW ranked as number 1 on the Princeton Review list a few years ago, but in 2013 it was also ranked as the second best party college by Playboy Magazine.
5 University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
According to the Princeton Review, this university ranked no.1 as the main party university in the U.S.A. The university is better known for having a crazy party culture than for having outstanding students known for academic achievement. Nevertheless if what you’re looking for is a university where you can have fun, then look no further, the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign is the place to be if you want to have fun. You might as well get a bachelors degree in between all of the partying while you're there.
4 West Virginia University – Morgantown, West Virginia
I'll start off by saying that WVU doesn't have restrictions on students drinking in the stadium which is just the best idea ever, so if you wanted to be a spectator at one of the sporting games then you could park up with a box of beers. What other reason do you need to want to go there?
3 Pi Kappa Alpha, Florida International
For our remaining three, we are also going to focus on specific frat houses who earned themselves very distinctive reputations which are a little more extreme to what you've read so far.
2 Alpha Delta, Dartmouth College
This frat house has been known to promote drinking like a fish and supplying minors with alcohol, but the straw that broke the camels back and caused their suspension was when they decided to brand a number of new pledges for initiation, which is a more extreme extension of the frat party culture.
1 Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Arizona State University
There exist many tales of irresponsible partying from ASU and in particular the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. A couple of years ago, during a party involving heavy spirits, one member began to throw up due to alcohol poisoning from the last twenty shots of tequila he had sunk. Once his friends took him to the hospital, they simply left him, passed out in a wheelchair and a post-it note.
The Epsilon frat was also infamous for their pool parties, hiring Djs and having regular events to keep everyone both entertained and drunk. In May they usually have their “Jungle Party”, a tropically themed pool party which they blow the most money on.
Sources: princetonreview.com, rollingstone.com, brobible.com, gawker.com, digitaljournal.com, elitedaily.com
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