Maryland Schools Are Good at Partying, Not Partying, Being Pretty, and Being Ugly

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The Princeton Review released its annual college rankings yesterday, and while the academic lists are more important, it’s those Biggest Party School rankings that everyone really likes to read. Below are a few Maryland-centric highlights from this year’s list:

+Johns Hopkins has the dubious honor of making it onto the “Town-Gown Relations are Strained” list. Understandable. Still, they’re trying!

+Despite consistently being one of the most expensive schools in the country, Johns Hopkins somehow made it onto the “Best Value – Private Colleges” list. Kinda undermines the whole concept of value, I’d say…

  • On the plus side, UMD boasts some of the nation’s most politically active students, PR says. It also offers “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” despite having “not so great” financial aid.
  • As always, Loyola University Maryland wins praise for its beautiful dorms (ranked 3rd in the nation) and gorgeous athletic facilities (2nd in the nation!) — no wonder, perhaps, that the student body is one of the least politically-engaged in the country. They’re too busy luxuriating to care!
  • Awww — apparently UMBC has one of the nation’s ugliest campuses. (I wish I could disagree, but… I can’t.) In contrast to their College Park cousins, UMBC-ers boasts some of the nation’s most teetotalling students.



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  1. My daughter went to UMBC. The campus is not pretty but her dorms were larger and new and it seemed like they had lots of money to build new buildings on campus in the early 2000s. And the teetotaling suited her very well at the time. She also had her car on campus all 3.5 years she was there and parking did not seem to be an issue. As a parent I felt the education was a great value. She made a wise choice.

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