Jen O'Leary is tossed in the student section after the Rutgers Scarlet Knights scored a touchdown during a college football game against North Carolina Central Eagles on September 1, 2011 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Choosing the college that’s right for you is a big deal. Cost is always a factor, along with location, and of course, academics. But all of that is really secondary if you’re looking for the best party school. And as a Florida resident, it’s certainly cheaper to stay in-state.

Let me be a little too honest here. Very little of what I learned in college was actually useful when it comes to my current job. I think employers just want to see if you can finish something. Like getting that degree. You’re also ‘learning how to learn’. Which is important.

But what about the times when you’re not in class, and you’re not studying? College parties. Here’s some more honesty. The parties that you go to in college? You’ll likely never experience that again after you graduate. So really, you need a blend of academics, and best party school.

Niche is out with it’s list of the 2024 Top Party Schools In America. And it’s quite comprehensive. I’m not surprised to see a Florida school ranked so highly. What I am surprised by is that only one Florida school is ranked in the Top 20.

The 2nd Best Party School In The Country

Coming in second place in the entire country for party schools in Florida State. Looking for a spot to hit up after class? Try Recess, Potbelly’s, The Strip, Clyde’s, The Warehouse or Baja’s. Greek Life is also a source for parties. FSU has 18 fraternities and 17 sororities.

Add in all of that and that Florida State really just feels like an amazing college campus. Asthe second best party school in the U.S., going to see a game at Doak S. Campbell Stadium is just magical. There’s just a vibe around the campus that’s hard to explain.

Florida State University the 2nd best party school in the country

Florida State University in Tallahassee


The Top 10 Party Schools

Here’s a quick rundown of the Top 10, then we’ll see where other Florida Schools stack up.

  1. University of California – Santa Barbara
  2. Florida State University
  3. Tulane University
  4. The University of Alabama
  5. Syracuse University
  6. University of Southern California
  7. University of Georgia
  8. University of Wisconsin
  9. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  10. Howard University

Only 1 Florida school in the Top 10 seems a little strange to me. I live in Florida, I know how we are. The truly astounding part is that the next highest ranked Florida school doesn’t even crack the Top 20.


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