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UC Santa Barbara ranks #1 hard liquor college in America

Princeton Review: Lots of Hard Liquor survey

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Summer months can be a slower time of the year for UC Santa Barbara and the surrounding Isla Vista community. But a new survey from The Princeton Review has put UCSB at the top of a list no college administrator or parent would want to hear: Lots of Hard Liquor.

The 'Hard-A' survey ranked the Santa Barbara university tops among schools country wide for access to hard liquor.

Princeton Review asked students: "How widely is hard liquor used at your school?" Over 140,000 students from 385 colleges took part in the survey. Students were asked 80 questions as part of the just-released 2019 edition of the annual college rankings.

UCSB had an overall rating of 86/99, but came with this warning from the Princeton Review authors, "Students looking to avoid drinking and drug culture entirely might be best advised to look elsewhere."

Syracuse University in New York state came in second place in the "Lots of Hard Liquor" category. The 'Cuse was ranked #1 on the overall Party School list, while UCSB finished sixth.

The Princeton Review says there is no apparent correlation between institutions that have the highest hard liquor consumption and the selectiveness of those schools' admissions process. These are the hardest colleges to get into in every state, according to the survey.


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