Playboy Names University of Colorado At Boulder 'Top Party School'

Apr 14, 2011

Today, Playboy crowned the University of Colorado at Boulder as the nation's "top party school." University of Texas at Austin, which topped the list last year dropped to No. 5.

"You know Boulder is a party school because whenever you tell someone that you went there, the first thing they ask is, 'Did you graduate?'" Playboy's website says. (We'd link to it, but there are — as one might expect — some rather racy photos there.)

The Denver Post reports that the magazine gave CU the crown in part because of its "4/20 smokeout, as well as the city's numerous medical-marijuana dispensaries and its status as 'a beer drinker's paradise.'"

And lest you think there's no method to the way the magazine decides what's a party school, the Huffington Post explains the magazine exercises due diligence:

The rocking-est schools were picked by Playboy's editors, who considered feedback from readers, students, alumni, campus representatives and others. They also looked at factors like male-female ratios on campus, academics, athletic records and proximity to recreational hot spots in compiling the list.

The rankings will be published in Playboy's May edition, which will also note the top schools in categories like "most coveted dorm room," "hottest sorority" and more.

Pennsylvania State University came in second and Arizona State University was third. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit