Though it slipped from its rank of No. 1, the University of Delaware remains a top party school, according to the Princeton Review.
The university fell to the No. 3 party school this year in the Princeton Review’s annual college rankings, with Syracuse University in New York taking the lead, followed by the University of Alabama.
“We have never considered their survey to be a reliable indicator of our campus culture,” Peter Kerwin, a spokesman for UD, said in a written statement. “UD’s surveys and statistics tell a different story. Our annual participation in the College Risk Behavior Survey has shown declining binge drinking rates since 2014. Binge drinking on campus is at its lowest rate ever, and 22 percent of students report they don’t use any substances. Our Office of Student Conduct has also seen a decrease in incidents.”
For its annual guide to colleges and universities across the country, Princeton Review surveyed 140,000 students at 385 schools.
According to the Princeton Review’s website, the survey asks students 80 questions in four sections about administration/academics, life at their college, fellow students and themselves.
Party schools are determined by student ratings on the use of alcohol and drugs, hours spent studying each day outside of class time and the popularity of fraternities/sororities at their school.
Since the university took the top place last year, the administration has chafed at the ranking.
Responding to questions from state legislators in January, Provost Robin Morgan noted that to combat the party culture, the university’s student life department is hosting events Thursdays through Saturdays to provide late-night alternatives so students have options other than “behave in ways that are not responsible,” she said.
“I’m not going to tell you there aren’t a few students at the University of Delaware who are very proud that it’s a big party school,” she continued. “But we’re not proud of that. And we have many, many students who are embarrassed by that designation and want to promote UD as a place of hope, a place of building one’s future.”
UD partying has been a frequent topic of conversation in Newark this year, as residents of Old Newark lobbied city council to pass a new law targeting so-called “super parties” in their neighborhood. Council passed the law in March, prompting thousands of UD students to sign a petition against the law, which they said would ruin UD’s “rich history” of partying. Two weeks later, students raised money to fly in internet celebrities Chad Kroeger and JT Parr to “fight for the right to party” in a farcical speech to council.
The university also saw a few differences in its other listings, as it was ranked No. 10 for Lots of Beer, compared to No. 9 last year; No. 3 for Lots of Greek Life, down from No. 1 last year; No. 5 for Lots of Hard Liquor, where it was No. 1 last year; and No. 5 for Most Popular Study Abroad Program, compared to No. 7 last year.
The is the third year UD has ranked among the top 10 party schools.