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The Princeton Review names Ohio University top party school in the U.S.

Wellesley College

The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com, 2012) this week published the results of a survey of 122,000 students at 376 top colleges, ranking the top 20 schools in 62 different categories. The results are available at The Princeton Review's Web site and in its guidebook, "The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition."

According to the survey results, the best professors are at Wellesley College, the most beautiful college campus is at Florida Southern College, the top "stone-cold sober school" is Brigham Young University--and the top party school in the U.S. is Ohio University-Athens.

Ohio University president Roderick J. McDavis, unhappy with the ranking, sent an e-mail yesterday to all faculty and staff. "This ranking is not indicative of the overall experience of Ohio students and does not match the data we have collected," he wrote. "We take seriously our responsibility to help our students succeed in all facets of their experience, including addressing high-risk behavior."

The Princeton Review's other top listings include the following:

Best College Library: Harvard College

Best Dorms: Bryn Mawr College

Best Financial Aid: Swarthmore College

Best Career Services: University of Florida

Best Health Services: University of California-Los Angeles

Most Conservative Students: Hillsdale College

Most Liberal Students: Macalester College

Most Religious Students: Brigham Young University

Least Religious Students: Bennington College

Most LGBT-Friendly: New York University

Least LGBT-Friendly: Wheaton College

Best College Newspaper: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Best College Radio Station: St. Bonaventure University

Best College Theater: Muhlenberg College

Happiest Students: Rice University

"Each of our 376 best colleges offers outstanding academics," Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher Robert Franek said in a statement. "We don't rank them hierarchically, 1 to 376, because they differ widely--and importantly--in their program offerings and campus culture, and that is their strength. Instead, we tally lists of the top 20 schools in 62 categories based entirely on what students at these schools tell us about their campus experiences. Our goal is not to crown one college 'best' overall, but to help applicants find and get in to the college best for them."

The Princeton Review's 62 ranking lists are based on surveys of 122,000 college students, an average of 325 per college campus, at the 376 schools in the book during the 2010-11 school year and/or the previous two years. The surveys were completed at survey.review.com.

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Photo of Wellesley student on campus courtesy of Wellesley College.