The Princeton Review released its 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges” Monday and once again BYU is the country’s most “Stone-Cold Sober” university. Surprise, surprise.
The rankings are based on an 80-question survey taken by some 130,000 college students (average 343 per campus) in the U.S. Questions ask current university students about their school’s academics, administration, student body, and themselves. The ranking methodology (www.princetonreview.com/how-we-do-it.aspx) uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons.
While BYU has has had the “Stone-Cold Sober” category locked down for years, Syracuse University in New York ranked first as “Top Party School” in the 2015 edition.
Here is a list of other schools who claimed the top spot in specific categories:
- Most Beautiful Campus – Colgate University (NY)
- Best-Run College – Elon University (NC)
- Best College Library – University of Chicago (IL)
- Best Campus Food – Virginia Tech (VA)
- Best College Dorms – Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
- Best Health Services – Pennsylvania State University (PA)
- Happiest Students – Vanderbilt University (TN)
- Most Conservative Students – Texas A&M University (TX)
- Most Liberal Students – Sarah Lawrence College (NY)
- LGBT-Friendly – Stanford University (CA)
- Best Athletic Facilities – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL)
- Students Pack the Stadiums – University of Kansas (KS)
- Top Party Schools – Syracuse University (NY)
- Top Stone-Cold Sober Schools – Brigham Young University (UT)
- Their Students Love These Colleges – Claremont McKenna College (CA)