Brigham Young University topped the list of stone-cold sober universities and colleges for the 14th year in a row.
The 2011 Princeton Review released yesterday ranked 376 schools listing Ohio University as the number one party and alcohol consumption school. BYU came in dead last. Ohio was ranked second last year but was able to bump Georgetown to claim the rowdy title for the first time in 12 years.
Rounding out the top five this year were No. 3 University of Mississippi, No. 4 University of Iowa and No. 5 University of California Santa Barbara.
BYU is privately owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The BYU Honor Code strictly prohibits consumption of alcohol both on and off campus. Students, faculty and staff are all expected to abstain from smoking and alcohol.
BYU spokesman Michael Smart said school officials are pleased the streak continues because it has become a source of pride with students. He said they will probably celebrate the rankings with root beer and Sprite.
“What started out as a novelty with the stone-cold sober ranking has grown into something the students are proud of,” Smart said. “One year President (Gordon B.) Hinckley was here speaking in the Marriott Center and he mentioned the ranking. The students all cheered and it’s something that the university community has a lot of fun with.”
Students are equally proud of the ranking.
“I’m glad that we can take it as a compliment that our school is stone cold,” said Kyra Moon, a master’s student studying electrical engineering. “I wonder why it has only been 14 years running instead of 127 years.”
Ohio State administration is on the other side of the spectrum since their campus is known for rowdy parties especially around Halloween time.
“We take seriously our responsibility to help our students succeed in all facets of their experience, including addressing high-risk behavior,” said Dean of Students Ryan Lombardi in a statement on Monday. “We are disappointed in the party school ranking as it is not indicative of the overall experience of Ohio students and does not match the data we have collected.”