Playboy's Top Party Schools for 2011

In 2009, Playboy announced it would make their ranking of top party schools an annual feature in the magazine. Here in its third year in a row, and 6th time overall in the magazine’s 58-year history, the ranking was released today and will be featured in the May 2011 issue of Playboy Magazine (on newsstands April 15). This year's #1 goes to the University of Colorado at Boulder (who was ranked 16th in the Princeton Review ranking).

The magazine’s first list, Top 40 Party Colleges, appeared in the January 1987 issue with Chico State taking the #1 spot. Arizona State is the only school to appear in all six of Playboy's rankings.

Best in Class
Also included for the second year in a row is a “Best in Class” list which gives honorable mention to colleges in 18 additional categories. These categories range from “Best Naked Parties” (Yale) to “Hottest Sorority” (San Diego State's Alpha Phi).

Playboy's Top Party Schools for 2011

How much should college students sleep?

College Student Sleeping

College isn’t easy. One of the many challenges in the path toward a degree is the struggle to wake up and go to that early morning class. Many mornings are spent pondering hitting that snooze button again and deciding if you can afford to skip that 8am class. It’s a dilemma that can be very tempting as the reality of a short night hits you.

Lack of sleep is one of the biggest complaints by college students. It makes us fall asleep in class, affects class/test performance, and makes us rely on coffee just to get us through the day. It’s enough to make one question the amount of sleep they are getting.

How much should college students sleep?

Top Law Schools for 2012

The ranking for this year’s Best Law Schools by US News remained very similar to last year’s ranking, as the top 5 schools held their spot for the second consecutive year.

Top 20 Law Schools

1. Yale
2. Harvard
3. Stanford
4. Columbia
5. University of Chicago
6. NYU
7. University of Michigan
8. Penn
9. UC Berkeley
9. University of Virginia
11. Duke
12. Northwestern
13. Cornell
14. Georgetown
14. University of Texas - Austin
16. UCLA
16. Vanderbilt
18. USC
18. Washington University in St. Louis
20. George Washington University
20. University of Minnesota
See more at US News

Top 20 Law Schools

Mayhem: Kegs and Eggs at SUNY Albany

The annual Kegs and Eggs college tradition at SUNY Albany is making news headlines this year. The early morning party held on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day got a little out of hand this year.

City police responded to Kegs and Eggs house parties as early as 7:15 a.m. and found several hundred students in the street drinking alcohol and damaging property. Mobs pushed parked cars into the middle of the road, bashed in their windows, kicked in side panels, and attempted to roll them. Garbage filled the streets as furniture was being tossed from second floor balconies and beer cans and bottles were being thrown by partygoers.

Albany police arrested six people on several charges including rioting, disorderly conduct, assaulting a police officer, and reckless endangerment. More should be in store after multiple videos posted on YouTube have helped lead to charges against 40+ people.

Kegs and Eggs at SUNY Albany

International Edition Textbooks

Did you know that you can save money by buying international edition textbooks?

Savvy students know a few tricks when it comes to scoring deals on textbooks. The first is to check the library. The second is to buy the international version of the textbook.

Why?

It’s the same book (in most cases) and much cheaper than buying the US version of the textbook. International editions, while cheaply made, can be purchased for a much more affordable price.

What are International Edition Textbooks?

Essentially, they are textbooks that have been published at a lower production cost for sale in foreign countries. They’re often softcover books, printed in black and white on cheap quality paper, and may not include supplementary material, such as CDs. Most have a label saying “International Student Edition” and “Not for sale in the US or Canada”.

International Edition Textbooks

Free Textbook Rentals

Update: The free rental offer has ended. Visit sites like Chegg and BookRenter for great deals on textbook rental.

Other Free Offers:

Nothing beats free textbooks. We came across a deal offering free textbook rentals.

Neebo.com is having a promotion offering 100,000 free textbook rentals. One free textbook rental is allowed per person and you must become a Fan of Neebo.com on Facebook to get the offer. The number of textbook titles available is limited, but search for the textbooks you need and you may get lucky. The promotion will run through the end of the month or until all free rentals are gone. At the posting of this article, 90,000 free textbook rentals still remain.

Free Textbook Rentals

Ranking the Best Online Textbook Retailers

CampusGrotto recommends renting textbooks as the best way to save money as it requires less money up front for the budget conscious student. See the part of this study that looked at the best places to rent below.

Some students, however, prefer to buy their textbooks brand new. Owning your own textbook allows you to mark it up and make as many notes and highlights as needed. Keeping this book in your own personal library also allows you to easily go back and use it as a reference down the road.

If you do plan on keeping your textbook and want the book in new condition, we recommend buying from these websites ranked in order of price (lowest to highest).

  1. Amazon.com
  2. Barnes & Noble
  3. Textbooks.com << Will Price Match Amazon.com
  4. TextbooksRus.com
  5. BookByte.com
  6. Powells.com
  7. eCampus.com
  8. TextbookX.com

Cheapest Place to get Textbooks Online

Most Expensive Dorms 2010-2011

Room and board prices increased 4.6% at public and 3.9% at private colleges in 2010-2011. With average costs of $8,535 and $9,700 (respectively) it’s clear that room and board is a big part of college costs.

This is a cost that is often overlooked, with tuition prices getting much of the attention. The example we like to use is with New York University, who has the 42nd highest tuition, but when factoring in room and board they become the 2nd most expensive college.

Most of the dorms on this list are found in the urban areas of New York, Boston, and along the California coast. Only 4 of the top 20 are located outside the states of California and New York.

Most Expensive College Dorms for 2010-2011

Where do colleges spend their money?

While it seems like more and more colleges are spending lavishly to increase their prestige (this can be seen in the luxury dorms going up on campuses), it would be nice to know where all this tuition money is going.

Every college obviously spends money differently, but here we will take a look at the averages for public and private institutions. Spending for public and private 4-year institutions has increased steadily over the past 10 years, with student tuition covering significantly more of the educational costs over that period.

How Colleges Spend Their Money