Playboy's top party school list is B1G heavy
Well, so much for polite midwestern values.
The Big Ten was represented more than any other conference on Playboy’s annual list of Top 10 Party Schools. In all, four Big Ten universities were represented. None, apparently, hold a candle to Ohio University. That’s Ohio University, NOT Ohio State University.
Here’s what the publication had to say about each Big Ten school that cracked the list.
10. University of Michigan
Oh, “the Michigan difference.” The haughty catchphrase works because it’s true: Wolverines study hard and party harder. At “the Pit,” a shared backyard between frat houses and an epicenter for Saturday-morning tailgating, students get advanced degrees in Wolverine superiority, still going strong almost 20 years after its last football championship. House parties abound in Ann Arbor; if one gets shut down, students roll the kegs to the party down the street. Win or lose, Michiganders still booze.
8. University of Wisconsin
When it comes to Madison, we’ll say it again: Beer, cheese and frigid climes equal a good time. On Football Saturdays, Breese Terrace transforms into house-party central, and the beer gardens on Regent Street are packed with Badgers fans. Although the Mifflin Street Block Party lost city sponsorship in 2013, students are keeping the 46-year-old tradition alive. And new traditions are forming: The two-year-old Revelry Music and Arts Festival helps keep the party options plentiful.
5. University of Illinois
Like Iowa, Illinois offers a similar platter of partying (gargantuan Greek life; legal bar entry at 19) with some extra cultural perks. The Pygmalion Festival has a music lineup (Run the Jewels, Zola Jesus, Tune-Yards) that rivals SXSW, and bars such as the Highdive and the Canopy Club host the best acts that swing through Chicago. But come March, all hell breaks loose for Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day, when thousands of students skip class to start drinking at dawn—and the streets are dyed green with vomit.
2. University of Iowa
When the 2014 Princeton Review knocked the University of Iowa from the number one party slot, students set their sights on reclaiming the throne. The biggest enablers have always been Iowa City’s bars, which grant entry to anyone 19 and over—but only until 10 P.M. Then, last year the Union Bar, home of the stickiest floor in the Midwest, found a legal loophole: If an establishment declares itself an “entertainment venue,” all ages are welcome until closing time. The resulting evidence of the Union’s Halloween bash is enough to make a Playboy editor blush.