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Playboy ranks ASU No. 1 party school

Sun Devils top first list in 15 years

 by Meagan Pollnow
 published on Friday, September 27, 2002

ASU took first place for best party school in the nation according to a Playboy ranking in the November 2002 issue./issues/campusnews/283962
ASU took first place for best party school in the nation according to a Playboy ranking in the November 2002 issue.


ASU took the top spot as best party school in the nation, according to a ranking done by Playboy magazine.

The magazine complied the top 25 schools based on more than 1,500 e-mail votes.

"We looked for interesting stories and schools that had the most write-ins," said Playboy spokesperson, Theresa Hennessey.

ASU president Michael Crow said he was watching TV when saw the ranking on the news Wednesday night.

"I thought it was a joke," Crow said. "I don't think the ranking is very significant."

Alison Prato, associate editor for Playboy compiled the list.

"It was all in good fun," Prato said of the rankings. "We had been getting e-mails from a bunch of college students who wanted to know where their school ranks, so we decided to put together an updated list."

The party school ranking was the first conducted by Playboy magazine in 15 years.

In 1987, California State University-Chico ranked number one; ASU made the number 13 spot.

Prato said the pornographic video, "Shane's World #29: Frat Row Scavenger Hunt 3," filmed at ASU approximately one year ago did not contribute to the rankings.


  1. Arizona State University

  2. California State University-Chico

  3. Rollins College
    (Winter Park, Fla.)

  4. Louisiana State University

  5. West Virginia University

  6. University of Colorado

  7. University of Wisconsin

  8. University of Connecticut

  9. University of Kansas

  10. San Diego State University

  11. University of Georgia

  12. Ohio State University

  13. Iowa State University

  14. Florida State University

  15. Colorado State University

  16. University of Florida

  17. Tulane University
    (New Orleans)

  18. Washington State University

  19. East Carolina University

  20. Michigan State University

  21. University of Mississippi

  22. University of California-Santa Barbara

  23. Lehigh University
    (Bethlehem, Pa.)

  24. Vanderbilt University
    (Nashville, Tenn.)

  25. James Madison University
    (Harrisonburg, Va.)

Courtesy of Playboy Magazine

"This article has been in the making for the past three months," Prato said.

According to a statement released by ASU, this is a ranking "no one should take seriously," and the University is a "serious academic institution, as indicated by the quality of research we do, our faculty, and our students."

The statement also pointed out that ASU is "one of the nation's leaders for enrolling National Merit Scholars."

Religious studies senior Tom Englert said ASU has been receiving a bad name for the "party reputation."

"But it's true," Englert said. "You can go anywhere and find a party."

ASU alumnus Steve Kushnir graduated in 1998 with a justice studies degree, and said ASU has improved its image since the late '80s.

"It isn't much of a party school due to the downfall of many fraternities and a decrease in bar business because of the smoking ban," Kushnir said.

Clinical lab science freshmen Dafney Ortega said she didn't choose to go to school because of the party school reputation.

"I think it's a pretty fair ranking," Ortega said. "But I don't really go to parties often."

The ranking was released less than two weeks after the 2003 Princeton Review rankings did not show ASU as a party school.

Broadcast sophomore Keller Schuler said she doesn't think ASU is a big party school.

"I know it used to be," Schuler said. "But I think there are a lot more freshmen here now and not as many upperclassmen who are 21 and can go out and drink."

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Andrew Bernick contributed to this story.

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