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Top party schools in every state

  • South Carolina: University of South Carolina

    South Carolina: University of South Carolina

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 29

    Location: Columbia, SC

    Acceptance rate: 68%

    Net price: $19,913

    Ahead of the University of South Carolina versus Clemson rivalry football game, students at the University of South Carolina gather for Tiger Burn, a rally and party where students set a giant Clemson tiger ablaze.

  • Rhode Island: Providence College

    Rhode Island: Providence College

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 51

    Location: Providence, RI

    Acceptance rate: 55%

    Net price: $35,238

    Providence, Rhode Island may be home to an Ivy League school, but it also is home to Providence College, which holds the title of the best party-scene in the smallest state. Students get especially rowdy at Golf Party, a day when students dress in their finest pastels and flood Eaton Street for all-day celebrations.

  • Pennsylvania: Penn State

    Pennsylvania: Penn State

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 8

    Location: University Park, PA

    Acceptance rate: 56%

    Net price: $25,055

    Though football is usually cause for celebration at Penn State, the school also loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the form of "State Patty’s." Students flock to local bars and downtown State College to day-drink.

  • Oregon: University of Oregon

    Oregon: University of Oregon

    Party scene grade: A

    National party scene rank: 68

    Location: Eugene, OR

    Acceptance rate: 78%

    Net price: $15,355

    Partying in the Pacific Northwest is done best at the University of Oregon, where students rally around Civil War, the aptly named football game against rival Ohio State University. Students also participate in Whistler College Weekend, a popular Canadian ski trip.

  • Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma

    Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma

    Party scene grade: A

    National party scene rank: 72

    Location: Norman, OK

    Acceptance rate: 71%

    Net price: $17,966

    At the University of Oklahoma, school spirit runs strong, with Greek life and football dominating the social scenes. Students start festivities early with “Thirsty Thursdays” before their weekends even start.

  • Ohio: Miami University

    Ohio: Miami University

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 3

    Location: Oxford, OH

    Acceptance rate: 65%

    Net price: $20,186

    With off-campus houses named Booze Barn, Tequila Mockingbird, and Menace to Sobriety, you can guess that Miami University in Ohio’s party culture is strong. This school’s biggest party is Green Beer Day, where students drink beer they dye green all day before spring break.

  • North Dakota: North Dakota State University

    North Dakota: North Dakota State University

    Party scene grade: A-

    National party scene rank: 170

    Location: Fargo, ND

    Acceptance rate: 93%

    Net price: $14,581

    Movies and TV shows weren’t the only thing that put Fargo, North Dakota, on the map. North Dakota State University’s party scene is the best in the state, with football and homecoming as the main focal points.

  • North Carolina: East Carolina University

    North Carolina: East Carolina University

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 23

    Location: Greenville, NC

    Acceptance rate: 70%

    Net price: $12,817

    East Carolina University throws down most nights of the week, but the Pirates especially love to party around Halloween and homecoming.

  • New York: Syracuse University

    New York: Syracuse University

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 27

    Location: Syracuse, NY

    Acceptance rate: 52%

    Net price: $31,823

    The biggest annual student party at New York’s Syracuse University is Mayfest, a giant outdoor concert held in the spring. In the fall, Syracuse rings in the new school year with Juice Jam, another large concert.

  • New Mexico: University of New Mexico

    New Mexico: University of New Mexico

    Party scene grade: B

    National party scene rank: 443

    Location: Albuquerque, NM

    Acceptance rate: 58%

    Net price: $11,230

    At the heart of the celebrations at the University of New Mexico is the Red Rally, held before the Lobos football versus NMSU Aggies rivalry football game. Students gather to burn the 25-foot tall Aggie, dance to musical performances, and cheer on their team.

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