Playboy’s Top 10 Party Schools (The Video Evidence)
Playboy Magazine is out with its annual Top-10 Party Schools list, so we searched the web to find the best video evidence of hard charging extra-curricular activity at each college to validate the rankings (props to BLS Favorite I’m Shmacked for putting out tons of great college party videos). The kids away at school sure know how to get after it these days as you’ll witness in the videos below. Luckily I spent a large portion of my 20s touring around America playing music, so I’ve actually experienced a number of these spots first hand. I’ll offer up my thoughts on each spot as we review this year’s best spots to get a degree in debauchery.
PLAYBOY’S TOP PARTY SCHOOLS 2014
1. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
I’ve been to Philly a couple of times but have never been on campus at Penn. It’s hard to imagine an Ivy League school could win the honor of Playboy’s top party school over some of the less academically focused institutions.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Epic Bash: Spring Fling
2. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN
I can validate that the home of the Badgers is easily a Top-5 party college. I’ve had endless beers at State Street bars and enjoyed some drunken spring days and nights in Madison. Weather is obviously a bit of a drawback that far north in Wisconsin.
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Epic Bash: Mifflin Street Block Party
3. WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
I watched a few episodes of the show Buck Wild on MTV and based off what happened on that disaster I will validate that the kids in Morgantown like to tear it up on a regular basis. West Virginia was #1 on this list last year.
Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
Epic Bash: Football GameDays
4. UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA
I lived in Phoenix for a year and would often travel down to Tucson to party on the weekends. I played a couple of parties with the band O.A.R. one weekend at 2 fraternities at U of A and from my experience I would put the Wildcats up against any school in terms of party production and coeds.
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Epic Bash: Sigma Alpha Epsilon Jungle Party
5. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Iowa has always just been a state I’ve driven through when traveling from Omaha to Chicago, but the University of Iowa is where Vodka Samm turned in one of the most prolific drinking performances of all-time, so for that alone, Iowa deserves this spot on the list.
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Epic Bash: House Parties on the Prairie
6. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ
Mary Jane is the star of the party scene at this gorgeous University on the Northern California coast. I’ve been going to Santa Cruz all of my life and celebrating 420 like the Banana Slugs for at least half of it.
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Epic Bash: 420 Celebration
7. UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
Every time I’ve been to Miami I’ve had an absolute blast. I’ve never been on campus in Coral Gables, but I have attended the Ultra Music Festival and Winter Music Conference on South Beach and Downtown. To say South Florida is a party is an understatement.
Location: Coral Gables, Florida
Epic Bash: Ultra Music Festival
8. COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY
I’ve only driven through Fort Collins, but with Colorado State’s green friendly attitude, I’m sure it’s a good time.
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Epic Bash: The House Party
9. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
I’ve been to Austin numerous times and done numerous shows at some of the legendary music clubs on and around Sixth Street. The combination of sports, music and partying that goes down at the University of Texas in Austin makes it one of my favorite spots in all of America.
Location: Austin, Texas
Epic Bash: SXSW
10. SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
I’ve never been to Syracuse University and I don’t think I’d make it through one cold winter in Upstate New York.
Location: Syracuse, New York
Epic Bash: MayFest