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Party school label not only high ranking for WVU

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The first day of class at West Virginia University is today, and school officials are hoping students are excited about other rankings outside of its continuous party school reputation.

Earlier this month, The Princeton Review ranked WVU the No. 4 party school in the country, perpetuating the school’s wild tailgating, couch-burning image.

But that same report lists WVU among the highest in the country for other notable aspects of campus life, too.

WVU is ranked as having the third best athletic facilities in the country. Its school newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, was ranked eigth-best in the country.

WVU also has the 11th best college library in the country, according to the Princeton Review, as well as the No. 12 spot for student turnout at sporting events.

The school is also recognized as a Best Southeastern College and one of the best 379 colleges in the U.S., according to the Princeton Review.

WVU ranks as one of the most green colleges, demonstrating a strong commitment to sustainability.

Other, less desirable, rankings include No. 6 for where “students study the least;” No. 11 for “lots of beer;” and No. 13 for “lots of hard liquor.”

The Princeton Review ranks the country’s colleges based mostly on student surveys. The average number of student surveys taken is about 343 per campus, according to the Princeton Review website.

John Bolt, WVU spokesman, said school officials try not to recognize reports like the Princeton Review, but said it’s the students who are taking issue with it in recent years…

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