The Princeton Review has just come out with its latest list of the top 20 party schools in the country. The University of Vermont is on it, as it’s been a number of times in the past.
This time, UVM is ranked 12th.
It’s based on a survey of students about three things: how long they study outside of class, the prevalence of alcohol and drugs, and the popularity of fraternities and sororities.
In one area — the popularity of marijuana on campus — UVM leads the nation.
The fall semester is still two and a half weeks away, so you won’t find many undergrads at UVM right now. Not one that we came across Wednesday afternoon was willing to speak on camera.
However, one told us off-camera that while she isn’t a party animal, she knows other students who are. She believes UVM’s partying reputation is driven to a large extent by the high number of students who live off-campus.
She also tells us legalization of up to an ounce of marijuana in Vermont comes at an interesting time for the school. A few years ago, it launched the Wellness Environment, a drug- and alcohol-free dorm program.
Recreational pot probably won’t hurt UVM’s party-school reputation, although cannabis possession is still banned on UVM grounds.
It’s also worth noting in all of this that partying isn’t UVM’s only reputation. The Princeton Review also includes UVM in its 2019 edition of The Best 384 Colleges.
Annie Stevens, the university’s vice provost for student affairs, did not respond to a request for comment.