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Ole Miss ranked 7th top ‘party school,’ 19th ‘most beautiful campus’

University of Mississippi students walk across campus in Oxford, Miss. in 2010. Ole Miss came in number 7 this year on the list of top 10 party schools.
University of Mississippi students walk across campus in Oxford, Miss. in 2010. Ole Miss came in number 7 this year on the list of top 10 party schools. AP

The University of Mississippi again scored high on the Princeton Review survey of the top 381 colleges as both a beautiful campus and a party school.

Ole Miss ranked No. 7 for “Party Schools” and No. 13 for “Lots of Beer.” The Oxford university came in seventh for the college where “Students Study the Least,” eighth for “Town-Gown Relations,” 11th for “Lots of Greek Life” and 19th for “Most Beautiful Campus.”

Ole Miss and Millsaps College in Jackson were the only Mississippi colleges included in the overall list of The Best 381 Colleges. Millsaps was not on any of the Top 20 lists.

Tulane University is No. 1 in two very diverse categories — “Lots of Hard Liquor” and “Students Most Engaged in Community Service.” Tulane ranked second for “College City Gets High Marks,” sixth for “Best Quality of Life” and ninth for “Party Schools.”

Neighboring Loyola University didn’t make the Top 20 list in any of those categories but did come in 11th in “Town-Gown Relations” and 13th for “Lots of Race/Class Interaction.”

The survey asked 143,000 students at 381 top schools to rate their college experiences. Louisiana State University teachers did not impress their students, who ranked their school 17th for “Least Accessible Professors” and 19th for “Professors Get Low Marks.”

“We base our 62 ranking lists entirely on what the colleges’ customers, their enrolled students, report to us on our surveys,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior VP-publisher and lead author of the book. “As such, they provide unique insights into the campus cultures, aid offerings, services, and student body communities at these schools. In the end, it’s all about the fit.”

Among the schools that ranked No. 1 in the 62 categories:

▪  Party Schools: University of Wisconsin — Madison

▪  Stone-Cold Sober Schools: Brigham Young University (Utah)

▪  Most Beautiful Campus: Rhodes College (Tenn.)

▪  Happiest Students: Rice University (Texas)

▪  Their Students Love These Colleges: Virginia Tech

▪  Best Professors: Wellesley College (Mass.)

▪  Great Financial Aid: Vassar College (N.Y.)

▪  Best Campus Food: University of Massachusetts Amherst

▪  Best College Dorms: Washington University in St. Louis

▪  Students Pack the Stadiums: Syracuse University (N.Y.)

▪  Best Athletic Facilities: Pennsylvania State University

The rankings of the Top 20 colleges in dozens of categories were posted Monday and the Top 20 lists can be accessed for free with registration. The 25th annual print edition of “The Best 381 Colleges” goes on sale Tuesday and retails for $23.99. The e-book edition will be available Oct. 11.

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