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Put another nail in the coffin of Arizona’s “party-school reputation.”

For better or worse, no Arizona universities appeared on the Princeton Review’s list of the top 20 “party schools” in the U.S., released this month as part of a package on “The Best 382 Colleges 2018.”

Instead, the top three spots this year go to Tulane University in New Orleans, West Virginia University and Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. 

That makes six years in a row the list has been Arizona-free.

The last time any of them made The Princeton Review’s party-schools list was in 2011, when Arizona State University was No. 17 for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Disappearing across many lists

In 2014, Playboy ranked UA as its No. 4 party school, thanks to its pool parties and Tucson’s Fourth Street bar scene. ASU was No. 9 in 2013; none placed in 2012 and ASU was No. 3 in 2011.

In 2015, neither ASU nor UA made Playboy’s annual list of Top 10 Party Schools for the first time since 2012. It appears Playboy has not released another list since. 

It’s a notable change; ASU was Playboy’s No. 1 party school in the nation in 2002, according to the student-run State Press.

Another high-ranking website,, named ASU No. 55 on its 2017 “Top Party Schools in America” list, followed by UA at No. 57. 


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Crackdown on fraternities

ASU’s party reputation took a turn when the school condemned the fraternity housing on Alpha Drive in Tempe in 2011, and the last fraternity moved out in 2012

In 2013, Rolling Stone named ASU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon “The Most Out-of-Control Fraternity in America.” It was one of the four fraternities that ASU banned that school year

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Fraternity incidents have slowed at ASU, but earlier this year, a UA fraternity was kicked off campus for allegedly hazing pledges, physically assaulting one member and serving alcohol to minors at a party. 


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