2017 Top Party Schools Methodology

The 2017 Top Party Schools ranking is based on student reviews and nightlife statistics.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Student Surveys on Party Scene Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the quality of the party scene at each school. Self-reported by Niche users 70.0%
Access to Bars A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of bars and similar establishments. Niche 15.0%
Athletics Grade Niche Athletics grade, which incorporates factors such as number of national championships won, athletic department revenue, as well as student surveys regarding athletics on campus. Niche 7.5%
Greek Life Grade Niche Greek Life grade, which incorporates statistics and student surveys regarding Greek life on campus. Niche 7.5%

This ranking assesses 1,426 4-year colleges and universities. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Party Scene Grade for each ranked school as well as additional 4-year colleges. For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.