Two Mass. Colleges Make ‘Top 20 Sober Schools’ List

Gordon College students headed to a required chapel service on January 22, 2014.
Gordon College students headed to a required chapel service on January 22, 2014. –Pat Greenhouse/ The Boston Globe

The most recent college rankings of the top party schools and “sober schools’’ were revealed on Monday. Guess which half Massachusetts showed up on?

According to The Princeton Review’s 2015 rankings, two Massachusetts schools are among the “Top 20 Sober Schools.’’ Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., is apparently the 7th most sober school in the country, and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass., is 14th. The US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., also appeared on the sober list at number 9.

University of Vermont is the only New England college or university listed as one of the top party schools. However, lots of Massachusetts and New England schools were included in the review’s overall “Best 379 Colleges’’ list, so it seems the region is doing something right (or wrong, depending on whom you ask).


Here are the full sober and party school rankings:

Top 20 Sober Schools

1.Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

2.Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

3.U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

4.Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

5.Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California

6.College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri

7.Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts

8.Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania

9.U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut

10.City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York

11.City University of New York-City College, New York, New York

12.Wesleyan College (Georgia), Macon, Georgia

13.U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

14.Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Massachusetts

15.City University of New York-Queens College, Flushing, New York

16.Mills College, Oakland, California

17.St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota

18.University of Houston, Houston, Texas

19.Nazareth College, Rochester, New York

20.University of Dallas, Irving, Texas

Top 20 Party Schools

1.Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

2.University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

3.University of California-Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

4.West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

5.University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois

6.Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

7.Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

8.University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

9.Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

10.University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

11.Miami University (Ohio), Oxford, Ohio

12.Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida


13.Ohio University-Athens, Athens, Ohio

14.DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana

15.University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

16.University of Mississippi, University, Mississippi

17.Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

18.University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

19.University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

20.University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

The Princeton Review created their lists by surveying “tens of thousands of college students on hundreds of campuses.’’ The process takes place directly on campuses across the nation, and sometimes takes several days. This year’s surveys reportedly averaged about 125 students per campus.

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