Aerial of Kirkland Hall and Vanderbilt campus. - Larry McCormack/The Tennessean
Vanderbilt University, usually a second (or third) fiddle to its SEC counterparts in party school rankings, turned up as No. 7 on Playboy's annual ranking of party schools.
The University of Virginia, founded in Charlottesville, Va., by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, took the top spot in Playboy's list.
"Raise a glass to UVA, whose students know a thing or two about raising glasses and everything important to this list," Playboy gushes.
Here's the full list.:
University of Virginia
University of Florida
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin
University of Georgia
Worst overall party school: SUNY College of Environmental Science of Forestry ("Excellent science program? Of course. Anything else? Not really.")
Methodology? Playboy is succinct. "We took America's top 100 colleges and ranked them across 900 data points in three categories: Sex Life, Sporting LIfe, Nightlife."
In a breakdown by category, in what was surely a rigorous, peer-reviewed statistical undertaking, the University of North Carolina ranks No. 1 in Sex Life (Tar Heel women, Playboy says, are "plentiful," "beautiful" and "progressive." ( Worst: Colorado School of Mines.)
In the Sporting LIfe category, Ohio State tops the list. "In Columbus, top-notch tailgating is rivaled only by the games themselves." (Worst: Yeshiva University)
And in Night LIfe, Southern Methodist University is No. 1. "At SMU, Dallas is your never-ending house party." (Worst: Brigham Young.)