University of Iowa claims top party school title

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa has the distinction of being the nation's top party school.

The Iowa City school, which for years has tried to curb student binge drinking, tops The Princeton Review's list for the first time. The University of California, Santa Barbara was the runner up.

Iowa has been on the list for nine straight years, and was ranked second last year. At that time, the school dismissed the rankings as unscientific and invalid. It also said recent data showed drinking is on the decline on campus.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison was ranked as the nation's eighth best party school.  Mark Woulf is a 2010 UW-Madison graduate who now serves as the city of Madison's food and alcohol policy coordinator.

He says, "It's always unfortunate to make the rankings in a negative way." He says students will never stop drinking on campus, but improvements can be made to better educate them to protect themselves and others.

Dr. Sarah Van Orman heads University Health Services on the UW-Madison campus. She says high-risk alcohol use remains a pressing public health problem.The Princeton Review's latest edition of "The Best 378 Colleges" was released Monday. Results are compiled from a survey of 126,000 students.

Brigham Young University is the first on the list of "stone-cold sober schools."

Here is a list of The Princeton Review's top ten party schools:

1. University of Iowa
2. University of California - Santa Barbara
3. University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
4. West Virginia University
5. Syracuse University
6. University of Florida
7. Ohio University - Athens
8. University of Wisconsin - Madison
9. Pennsylvania State University - University Park
10. Lehigh University

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