ASU Continues Depressing Showings in Party School Rankings: Newsweek Says 24th

In 2002, Arizona State University was named Playboy's top party school in the nation, dethroning Chico State -- which held the top spot in the nation for 15 years after becoming the first party school crowned by Playboy.

ASU's reign among the party schools ended in 2006, when it dropped to third in Playboy's ranking, and it's never reached the top since.

Now, with more media outlets creating party-school rankings, ASU may have just hit its lowest ranking of all-time -- since Playboy unveiled its prototype of party-school rankings in 1987.

Since it seems like just about everyone's ranking party schools these days, this one comes with a caveat.

According to Newsweek, "...[W]e considered the number of on-campus arrests and per-student disciplinary actions for drugs and alcohol that occurred in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Education."

It's apparently not a party until everybody gets arrested.

Newsweek says 214 Sun Devils were popped for drugs last year, and 553 for alcohol.

If you don't believe the low ranking for ASU, go with Playboy's: ASU placed third in the magazine's annual list of party schools for 2011, improving in rank from number 6 in 2010 and 15th in 2009, while getting snubbed from the rankings in 2007 and 2008.

That said, we may have to wait for Playboy's new rankings to see if ASU's really on the decline.

The University of Arizona was absent from the Newsweek list, and hasn't made Playboy's list for two year in a row, after ranking fifth in 2009.

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Matthew Hendley
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