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Top party schools in every state

  • New Jersey: Rutgers University

    New Jersey: Rutgers University

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 46

    Location: New Brunswick, NJ

    Acceptance rate: 57%

    Net price: $15,614

    Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Rutgers University’s Rutgers Day is an event in which students can enjoy hundreds of free performances, crafts, art shows, and other activities.

  • New Hampshire: Keene State College

    New Hampshire: Keene State College

    Party scene grade: A-

    National party scene rank: 209

    Location: Keene, NH

    Acceptance rate: 83%

    Net price: $18,647

    The hallmark event of the year at Keene State is undoubtedly Pumpkin Fest, during which the small town broke world records for the most lit jack-o’-lanterns in one place. But the partying at Keene State became so out-of-hand that the festival had to be cancelled in 2014. It’s now back, on a smaller scale, for students and Keene residents to enjoy.

  • Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno

    Nevada: University of Nevada - Reno

    Party scene grade: A

    National party scene rank: 115

    Location: Reno, NV

    Acceptance rate: 83%

    Net price: $15,022

    When the University of Nevada - Reno goes up against the University of Nevada - Las Vegas for their annual football showdown, parties erupt all around campus. Despite their athletic record, the Wolf Pack shows up to flaunt their school spirit.

  • Nebraska: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

    Nebraska: University of Nebraska - Lincoln

    Party scene grade: A

    National party scene rank: 83

    Location: Lincoln, NE

    Acceptance rate: 75%

    Net price: $16,462

    The University of Nebraska - Lincoln gets most excited about football games, Halloween, and their homecoming parade. However, students can find some celebration or another throughout the week.

  • Montana: University of Montana

    Montana: University of Montana

    Party scene grade: A

    National party scene rank: 146

    Location: Missoula, MT

    Acceptance rate: 92%

    Net price: $13,894

    A special event that distinguishes the University of Montana is Foresters’ Ball, a tradition held in the first week of February. According to the official event site, “the gymnasium is converted into a turn of the century logging town complete with a saloon, general store, jail, chapel, chow hall, and museum.” All proceeds go to scholarships for students.

  • Missouri: University of Missouri

    Missouri: University of Missouri

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 33

    Location: Columbia, MO

    Acceptance rate: 75%

    Net price: $16,317

    Partying at Mizzou starts early, with Syllabus Week kicking off the debauchery on campus. This is the time in which classes first start, so teachers usually hand out syllabuses for the semester and end class early. Homecoming is also a popular time to get rowdy at the Columbia, Missouri school.

  • Mississippi: University of Mississippi

    Mississippi: University of Mississippi

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 15

    Location: University, MS

    Acceptance rate: 78%

    Net price: $14,678

    The University of Mississippi tops the state in its ability to party, and also is 15th among schools around the country. Football season in the fall is when the party scene really lights up.

  • Minnesota: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    Minnesota: University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

    Party scene grade: A

    National party scene rank: 70

    Location: Minneapolis, MN

    Acceptance rate: 44%

    Net price: $16,242

    Every year, students look forward to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Spring Jam, a festival complete with musical performers, food and, carnival rides. This year, rapper Lil’ Yachty is slated to perform.

  • Michigan: Michigan State University

    Michigan: Michigan State University

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 20

    Location: East Lansing, MI

    Acceptance rate: 66%

    Net price: $14,970

    From Wednesday through Saturday, students can find parties of all kinds and sizes at Michigan State University. Few, however, can rival MSU’s celebrations around their rivalry games against the University of Michigan.

  • Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts - Amherst

    Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts - Amherst

    Party scene grade: A+

    National party scene rank: 56

    Location: Amherst, MA

    Acceptance rate: 60%

    Net price: $20,093

    The Irish roots of many of those from Massachusetts are celebrated fully during Blarney Blowout, the University of Massachusetts - Amherst’ biggest event of the year. Students spend Blarney celebrating St. Patrick’s Day the weekend before spring break by day-drinking in local bars.

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