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New Princeton Review rankings name top party school in the U.S.

by Allison Slater Tate / / Source: TODAY Contributor

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A great "party school" might not be top on most parents' priority list when looking at colleges for their children, but it's still good to know which schools rank high in that category. The Princeton Review just released its 2018 rankings "The Best 382 Colleges," and the (perhaps obvious) results are in: for partying, Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, is number one.

The Princeton Review compiles its rankings every year based on surveys of 137,000 college students — roughly 358 students per campus — who attended the 382 colleges featured in the book during the past few school years.

Categories range from "Best College Food" (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) to "Most LGBTQ+-Friendly" (Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania) and "Most Beautiful Campus" (University of San Diego in California).

This year, the "Happiest Students" were at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee, which also ranked high in the category "Great Financial Aid" and "Best-Run Colleges." Clemson University topped the list for "Best Career Services," where 75 percent of their 18,000 students receive internships each year.

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Princeton Review editor-in-chief Robert Franek visited the TODAY Show studios to discuss the new rankings. "What I tell the students is that there is a best-fit college out there for everybody," Franek told Al Roker. "Academically, campus culture, great campus food, great financial aid as well."

And if students and parents are looking for the opposite of a party school, they might want to head farther north and west: Brigham Young University in Utah was named the top "Stone-Cold Sober" school.

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