Turn out the lights, the party’s over.
The Princeton Review has released its annual list of best party schools and for at least the third year in a row, a Texas school has not made the Top 10.
Sixth Street in Austin? Weak. Northgate in College Station? Overrated. The, uh, cotton fields outside Lubbock? Lame.
Instead, we crown a new party king: The University of Delaware, home to 18,144 hard chargers. Other notables to make the list are No. 6 Lehigh University (Mountain Hawk pride!) and No. 9 Colgate University (alma mater of the co-inventors of Trivial Pursuit!).
And then there’s No. 2 West Virginia University, which we totally get. In fact, they’ve "won" three times since the Princeton Review started the rankings in 1993.
But you can still stand tall, University of Texas, you are the only Texas school ever to make No. 1 on the list -- 2007 national party champs!
The Princeton Review cautions that the rankings are strictly based on student survey responses and not anything like a professional party field analyst (which would be an excellent job, come to think of it). And students have been known to exaggerate to make themselves look cool, though we are totally not not accusing you, No. 15 Union College of Schenectady, New York (Official motto: "Under the laws of Minerva we all become brothers and sisters).
Officials at the University of Delaware are predictably holding the school’s title at arm’s length: The Top Party ranking is "another piece of the puzzle in how we look at alcohol and substance abuse on our campus," Dean Adam Cantley told Delaware Online this week.
That Delaware Online article linked to a 2013 story: Rugby team blamed for near riot at 'I'm Shmacked' event -- probably too long ago to influence this year’s ranking, but does add a little context.
For those who do not like to mix academics and keg stands, the Princeton Review offers an annual list of stone-cold sober schools. There’s little competition there: Brigham Young University has claimed the title for 20 straight years. Last year, BYU celebrated by giving away "a ridiculous amount of chocolate milk."