LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Playboy magazine on Friday named the University of Miami as the top party school in the United States based on five criteria that included a nod to brainpower.
The adult magazine, which has only occasionally published the party college list in the past but will now turn it into an annual feature, ranked the schools on campus life, sports, sex and academics, or “brains,” as Playboy put it.
As a last criteria, Playboy included “bikini” which combined weather, guy-to-girl ratio and cheerleaders.
But absent from the credentials were college bars and parties that exist on the fringe of campus life.
“In order to make the list, you had to be a school where fun happens, so we threw that out and went to other criteria,” said Playboy Assistant Editor Rocky Rakovic.
Rakovic also said it was hard to quantify just exactly what made a good bar scene from campus to campus, because each location had its specific attributes.
“You can’t say keg party at Arizona State is much better than bar crawl at (University of) Wisconsin,” he explained.
On the subject of brainpower, Rakovic said that criteria was important because, after all, “you are in college for a reason, to get an education.”
Judging the intelligence of U.S. university students turned into a rather scientific equation, too, using things like grade point averages, freshman retention and Princeton academic reviews, then giving them a numerical weight and averaging results.
The one surprise, Rakovic said, could be the No. 6 school University of Wisconsin because the “bikini” ranking favored schools with warm weather climates.
Playboy began ranking party colleges 20 years ago. The full list is in the magazine’s May issue and on the Internet at www.playboy.com/partyschools09.
The top 10 party schools are below in order of rank:
1) University of Miami
2) University of Texas (Austin)
3) San Diego State University
4) University of Florida
5) University of Arizona
6) University of Wisconsin (Madison)
7) University of Georgia
8) Louisiana State University
9) University of Iowa
10) West Virginia University
Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte