Students party hardy on Del Playa Drive in 2010

Paul Wellman (file)

Students party hardy on Del Playa Drive in 2010

UCSB Ranked #2 Party School in Country

Campus Also Featured in Princeton Review’s Top 10 Lists for ‘Lots of Beer,’ ‘Lots of Hard Liquor,’ and ‘Reefer Madness’

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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Despite concerted efforts to buck its reputation as an especially hard-partying college — like cracking down on the massive and infamous Halloween and Floatopia blowouts — UC Santa Barbara was ranked #2 in The Princeton Review’s 2014 list of top 20 party schools in the country. UCSB, which was listed eighth last year, came in second to the University of Iowa, but edged out other notoriously boozy schools like West Virginia University, Syracuse University, the University of Florida, and Ohio University.

The rankings are determined by annual 80-question surveys given to current students at colleges across the United States. On average, 333 students at each school respond to the questionnaire that’s divided into four main sections: About Yourself, Your School’s Academics/Administration, Students, and Life at Your School. The Princeton Review has released its “The Best 378 Colleges” book since 1992 and features 62 separate lists on everything from quality of dorm food to faculty caliber to financial aid accessibility.

UCSB was included on a number of Top 10 lists, earning spots with Best College Newspaper (#9), Happiest Students (#5), Lots of Beer (#9), Lots of Hard Liquor (#3), and Reefer Madness (#5). It was also named a Best Western College and Best Value College by The Princeton Review, whose rankings have been both complimented as a gold standard of assessment and dismissed as subjective and arbitrary.

UCSB spokesperson George Foulsham issued this statement in response to the school’s #2 party ranking: “UC Santa Barbara was recently ranked Number 2 in the world (ahead of Harvard, Stanford and Yale) in terms of research impact by the prestigious CWTS Leiden Rankings, and is recognized as one of the Top 10 public universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The average high school GPA of our students is 3.98 and 98 percent of students graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class. In addition, this year’s incoming freshman class was the most highly competitive/selective in campus history. These figures and the world-class caliber of our faculty are true indicators of the quality of a UC Santa Barbara education.”


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you can't beat a well rounded education.

also, with academic and social stats like these, the athletic department should have no problem recruiting the best athletes in the fact, lets bring back football.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 12:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Isn't it in Princeton's interest to make all the other schools look bad?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 1 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why aren't we number one? Sissies. We must try harder.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 2:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I say let's make Rugby a varsity sport rather than bringing back football. Well done UCSB, well done indeed!

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Only if those party poopers at the Sheriff's dept. let them have floatopia, I bet we'd be #1 for sure!

Botany (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i'm down with the rugby too. in fact rugby and the UCSB lifestyle is a honeymoon fit.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 2:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Another vote for rugby. And please keep lacrosse the hell out of here while we are considering new athletic endeavors...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 3:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why does UCSB comments sound so defensive. Let's forget being one or the other, and relish that we are the smartest party school in the country, with the best soccer program in the NCAA.

jcsalas08 (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 5:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Defensive? I'd say dismayed.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 6:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Alcohol is a magic substance which can turn even the smartest, most intelligent, mindful, selfless, present and aware people into loud, incapable, incoherent, slobbering, boring, micro-cephalic morons. Just go down del Playa in Isla Vista on a weekend and you can get a ringside seat in the circus. It's... hilarious, sort of.

What's the attraction with puking, inability to think or speak coherently, risking losing your license or killing someone or yourself on the road, staggering around with the world spinning uncontrollably, headaches, hangovers, and then not being able to recall what kind of total idiot you made of yourself the previous night? OK, once is an experience - I've been there myself and watched the video - (argh) - and it doesn't get any better than that. It's amazing that people keep repeating the same action, and spending so much of their hard-earned money in the process - perhaps expecting something different or better to happen?

bloggulator (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We also have an awesome intramurals program to benefit the student body (pun intended). And it's one I wouldn't trade for a big money intracollegiate program, though it's nice to have a nationally-recognized soccer program. Study hard, play hard, party hard ... not every student will do all 3 but its nice to have the options.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
August 6, 2013 at 8:32 p.m. (Suggest removal)

And this is something to be proud of because.......??

Holly (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2013 at 1:16 a.m. (Suggest removal)

#5 Happiest students + #5 Reefer madness = Coincidence?

This is of course all very good news. College is in part about getting out on your own, drinking, adventures with your friends and socializing. It can be just as important as the education you receive, although not necessarily to your longterm financial success, money isn't everything you know.

I really can't fathom why anybody is so upset over having a party school that is fairly isolated in a small part of the community, especially when overall it is such an outstanding institution. It was also a party school way before it was an outstanding institution, so there's really no excuse to be upset.

And then you have people coming in from the outside and viewing the fringes of the party scene and then projecting that onto everybody in Isla Vista, like the guy who just puked in the bushes and is yelling at all the hot girls is the same as the guy kicking back at their buddy's porch on Sabado having a few beers and smoking a blunt. Get a life.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
August 7, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't get the UCSB experience

amyb (anonymous profile)
August 13, 2013 at 9:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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