College Life

Best Party Schools

Parties can be one of the best things about going to college. Many colleges don't like to be labeled a party school, so here's what they don't want you to know.

Rather than making a limited list of top 10 party schools, we have included a roundup of all colleges that are some of the biggest partiers in the nation, and we'll indulge in a little history of party school rankings.

Traditionally speaking, here are the most well-known top party schools in America:

College Traditions

One of the greatest aspects of the college experience is being a part of a great college tradition. Traditions can provide a great sense of community, school spirit and overall well-being at a college with many students.

Here we present our ranking of the 100 Greatest College Traditions based on the history, amount of student participation, and overall uniqueness of the tradition. Many of these are long-standing college traditions that students and alumni hold dearly. (You won’t see any college sports traditions here. We’re saving those for an upcoming ranking of the 100 Greatest College Sports Traditions.)

As administrations around the country attempt to clamp down on some of these sacred traditions, it's up to students to keep these traditions alive. These traditions are yours; it’s important to keep them going strong so they can be passed down to future generations.

1. Little 500 at Indiana University

Little 500 College Tradition

The Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. Modeled after the Indianapolis 500, riders compete in four-person teams racing relay-style for 200 laps around a quarter-mile track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. First held in 1951, the event fills the stadium every year, drawing more than 25,000 spectators. Known as "The World's Greatest College Weekend," the town is full of events and non-stop partying the week leading up to the race that one could almost call it the greatest college week in America. The event is highlighted in the movie, Breaking Away.