Making the top 20 of the most sober universities in the country is sure to please school administrators and parents footing tuition bills, so kudos are in order for two Texas schools that just said no to partying and yes to studying.
University of Houston clocked in at No. 18 in the new most sober rankings, compiled by the Princeton Review. The University of Dallas, in Irving, Texas was the only other Texas school to rank on the sober list, coming in at No. 20. They join a band of small private, religious universities for the respected, if not slightly boring, honor. The rest of the list is comprised primarily of liberal arts colleges and military academies.
Not surprisingly, Brigham Young University, a school owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was named the most “stone cold” of the bunch. BYU’s website posted a picture of BYU Creamery chocolate milk, inviting students and school supporters to toast its top no-party ranking for the 17th consecutive year.
After BYU, Wheaton College in Illinois, the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California rounded out the top five list of sober schools. Syracuse University in New York state was deemed the No. 1 party school in the nation. No other Texas universities ranked on either the top party schools or the most sober schools lists.
The Princeton Review determined the rankings by visiting campuses across the nation, asking an average of 125 students per campus questions pertaining to partying, studying and other elements of college life. An estimated tens of thousands of college students participated in the study.