Fall semester is back in session, and we all know what that means—tailgates, party buses, rush, and orientation parties.
There are a lot of campuses out there that claim to do all these things bigger and better than everyone else. Then you have rankings from places like The Princeton Review (yes, the same site that helped you prep for the SAT), which thinks it knows who parties the hardest. Right. We’ll take it from here, boys.
Given that we see—and help—college students throw parties every day, we at Tilt tapped our data science team to use our real social data to determine the Top Party Schools for 2014. To scientifically determine the top party school, we used our “Tilt Social Index” by combining relevant factors such as number of parties per campus, the type of parties thrown (i.e., back-to-school parties, tailgates, etc.), the number of contributors per tilt, and momentum behind the campaign (how quickly it reached its goal). We deemed that the number of contributors per tilt was a better social indicator than the total amount of money raised, since party epicness grows as more people—and not necessarily dollars—join in (though every tilt pooled considerable funds).
The average back-to-school tilt so far this year has raised $787 with 29 contributors (way more attended each party, of course.) According to our research, the top party school is… drumroll please… the University of Texas at Austin. Hook ‘em Horns! UT Austin saw over 92 parties registered on Tilt during the first two weeks of the school year.
Here are the top party schools in the country:
1. University of Texas at Austin (98.5)
2. University of Mississippi (97.1)
3. University of Alabama (96.2)
4. Arizona State University (94.5)
5. Louisiana State University (93.2)
6. UC Santa Barbara (92.0)
7. University of Georgia (91.6)
8. West Virginia University (91.3)
9. Miami University – Ohio (90.9)
10. San Diego State University (90.2)
11. University of Maryland (89.7)
12. Florida State University (88.8)
13. University of Florida (88.1)
14. University of Arizona (87.2)
15. University of Massachusetts Amherst (86.2)
16. University of Southern California (85.6)
17. Pennsylvania State University (85.1)
18. University of Wisconsin Madison (84.0)
19. Texas Christian University (83.8)
20. Bowling Green State University (82.1)
Congrats to UT Austin, Ole Miss, Bama, ASU, and LSU for scooping up the top 5 spots. This is our first annual top party school rankings, next year is a whole new ball game…
Think your school parties harder than the schools on the list? Prove it to us at Tilt.com. Plus, first-time users, get $10 towards your first tilt with the code “BACKTOSCHOOL”!
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