It's the age-old question: Is the University of Miami a party school? Sure, it's located near one of the nightlife capitals of the world, and a lot of students certainly take advantage of that fact. But there isn't necessarily a lot of partying happening on and immediately around the campus in prim and proper Coral Gables.
According to the latest Princeton Review rankings, UM is not party central. Both the University of Florida and Florida State University made the list, but UM was left out.
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign took top honors this year, but the Florida schools held their own. UF and FSU came in back-to-back on the list at 14th and 15th. Incidentally, the other Miami University, the one in Ohio, snuck onto the list at 19th.
Aside from listing party schools, Princeton Review also ranks colleges based on a number of other factors. UF and FSU made the top ten for the "Lots of Beer" factor, at number four and number seven. UF was also 16th for "Lots of Hard Liquor." That probably means if there were such a category, the Gators could have snagged a spot on "Lots of Hangovers."
UF also found itself ranked for "Best Alumni Network," "Best College Newspaper," "Best Health Services," and "Colleges That Pay You Back — Without Aid."
FSU was 18th for "Students Pack the Stadiums" and 13th for "Students Study the Least," which seems apt.
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The University of Miami got less ranking love. It came in 12th for "Lots of Race/Class Interaction," which is something that should appeal to any potential applicants with an active Tumblr account, so that's great. It also came in 17th for "Is That a Dorm?" indicating the school's student accommodations are lacking. UF came in at 18th on that list.
One other interesting note: Despite being a private school that accepts a smaller class, the University of Miami actually gets more applicants than FSU and UF.
Last year, 31,607 students applied to the University of Miami, of which only 38 percent were accepted. FSU received 30,266 applications (and accepted 55 percent) while UF received only 27,852 (and accepted 47 percent).