West Virginia University Named #1 Party School … School Administrators Red Faced


Well at least they are #1 in something. The Mountaineers of the University of West Drinking_collegeVirginia have been named the #1 Party School of 2007 according to The Princeton Review. With the staggering increase of college tuitions these days,

To the disappointment of school administrators — and the pride of some students — West Virginia University is No. 1 on The Princeton’s Review’s annual list of the top 20 party schools.

The school has made the list seven times in the past 15 years, despite efforts to curb underage drinking and rowdy behavior.

But not since 1997 have the Mountaineers taken the top spot. Last year, WVU was No. 3, bested by the University of Texas at Austin and Penn State, both of which remain in the top 10 this year.

Senior Katie O’Hara, 22, said WVU is No. 1 because “no matter what kind of party you want it’s here — bars, fraternities, house parties. … If you want to take shots all night, there’s a bar; no matter what you want to do, it’s there.”

Incoming school president tried to put forth his best spin stating that the students he met were interested in other things rather than drinking. Of course President Garrison that’s what the students said “you met”, the others you did not meet were off drinking.

Incoming WVU President Mike Garrison focused on the positive rather than the rankings, saying the students he met over the weekend and on the first day of classes Monday are more concerned with their futures “and with the great year we have ahead” than with partying.

“I’m focused on the way this university changes people’s lives, the research that we do and the service we provide to the state of West Virginia,” said Garrison, who officially replaces David C. Hardesty Jr. on Sept. 1. “This is a special place, and the whole state is proud of it.”

Posted August 21, 2007 by
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    9 Responses to “West Virginia University Named #1 Party School … School Administrators Red Faced”

    1. kate on August 21st, 2007 1:09 pm

      “Well at least they are #1 in something…”

      Hey, this is my school! Be nice! My husband and I both graduated from WVU. One of my sons received a wonderful education in Morgantown(full ride scholarship in journalism – YEA!). Even better, he actually did it in 4 years, which seems to be rare these days.

      WVU does get a bum wrap for being a HUGE party school, when in actuality, it’s like any other university of comparable size. Plus, remember, it’s in a small city in the middle of nowhere. What are kids going to do? Party! Some too much!

      BTW, if you haven’t been to Morgantown in the last 5 years, you wouldn’t recognize it. It’s growing in every direction. In fact, it’s one of the fastest growing areas in WV.

      Besides, the Mountaineer football team is preseason ranked #3 (should/will be #1). Woo-hoo!!!

    2. amillerwvu on August 21st, 2007 2:47 pm

      It is my school as well!…and my dad’s! I received a wonderful education…and had a fun time. I also have a well paying job because of my WVU degree!

      If you look at many of the universities, you will see that they all party to some extent.

      If I had to do it all over again, I would be right back at WVU! It’s a beautiful campus! My husband, son and I are going there to visit in September…we LOVE it! Go Mountaineers!!!

    3. Scared Monkeys on August 22nd, 2007 1:01 am

      Kate … not making fun of WVU, just can’t imagine that in this day and age with the cost of a college education that drinking can be done in the same way it was in the past.

      So much for the crack down on campus.


    4. Scared Monkeys on August 22nd, 2007 1:03 am

      #1 & #2,

      Trust me, Red is no tea toddler. Especially in college. I played Rugby, enough said.

      The point is there is a difference between partying and being proclaimed #1 party school. Big difference.

    5. kate on August 22nd, 2007 11:57 pm

      That’s OK, Red. It is a party school, and we know it. Couch burnings after the ball games aren’t tolerated anymore. So, that’s one party that’s been eliminated.

      WVU isn’t for all students. I have two kids who weren’t allowed to consider WVU because we KNEW the school wouldn’t be an environment “condusive to their needs”. They would have hit ALL the parties because they used to “host” their own when their dad and I went out of town (until the neighbors ratted them out)!

      But, I know countless individuals, of all ages, who experienced a top notch education at WVU. And, the school is full of kids from the northeast and Florida.

      Let’s go-o-o-o Mountaineers!

    6. amillerwvu on August 23rd, 2007 12:10 am

      Oh…I wasn’t really complaining. I just wanted to say that a good education CAN be attained…even at a party school:) I by no means am saying it’s not one…it is. WVU is not for everyone…but it was for me!

      Go Mountaineers!!!

      (and I love SM, too:) )

    7. Skyboxx on August 23rd, 2007 2:37 pm

      Sung to the tune of the Beverly Hillbilly theme song

      Come listen to a story about a mountaineer school
      They all get drunk and they think they’re pretty cool
      Then one day they were drinking on a binge,
      ‘ next thing you know, they’re featured on CNN.

      Party School, Moonshine, 100 proof

      Well the first you thing you know everyone is up arms
      Kinfolk said this is good cause for alarm
      Said REHAB is the place you oughta; be
      So they loaded up the bus and they moved to Beverly.

      Promises, Pop Tarts and Movie Stars……..

    8. Skyboxx on August 23rd, 2007 2:40 pm

      Try to make me go the REHAB, and I said NO, NO, NO
      Yes I’be been black, but when I come back, you’ll know, know know……

      Will this be there new School Song?

      Heh, heh

    9. kate on August 23rd, 2007 4:55 pm

      You been into that moonshine again, Skyboxx?

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