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The biggest difference I noticed between students applying to college when I did it (back in the dark ages) and when our son did it (a couple of years ago) was a weird game that some students were playing.  It’s a bizarre, ego thing:  apply to “prestigious” colleges and universities with no intention of attending. Keep in mind, none of these applications are free.  So why do it?  Just to see if they could get in.   The lower the institution’s acceptance rate, the better the get.  And by implication, the smarter you are.

One of our son’s best friends was one of these kids.  “Sam” had literally ZERO intention of going to at least 20 schools he applied to.  This is mostly due to the fact that even with scholarship money, financially these places were way out of his family’s league.  However, Sam is a really smart, over-achieving kid and was more than willing to basically set a thousand or so dollars on fire to prove to himself that he was worthy of more praise than he was already receiving?

The whole thing was/is bizarre.  What made it even more so was that when I asked Sam about this, he readily admitted the preposterous waste of time, energy, and money this exercise is.  No matter.

He eventually went where he always said he wanted to go, The University of North Carolina.  Sam was waitlisted at a couple of Ivy League Schools, flat our rejected a several other snooty institutions of higher education, and yes, accepted at a few others.  Included among his list was Duke University.

I was reminded of all this today when I saw that Duke was ranked among the most difficult schools to get into as it has one of the lowest acceptance rates of received applications in the country.

According to US News and World Report, “with the lowest acceptance rates among all undergraduate institutions that U.S. News surveyed, regardless of ranking category, the colleges and universities listed here are among the most selective, based on the fall 2021 entering class.”

Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia, PA)-2%
California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA)-4%
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)-4%
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)-4%
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)-4%
Stanford University (Stanford, CA)-4%
Yale University (New Haven, CT)-5%
Brown University (Providence, RI)-6%
Columbia University (New York, NY)-6%
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH)-6%
Duke University (Durham, NC)-6%

Which North Carolina Colleges Made The Party Schools List?

This is a PSA for all high school seniors. Ya’ll have had a tough time with covid taking away much of your high school experience. So you deserve to get the most out of your college years. So this list will be of particular interest to many of you. Planning on going to college close to home? You’ll want to make sure you know the top North Carolina party schools.

This is according to Barstool Sports. Two North Carolina schools made the list, one always finds itself near the top, while the other was a little more of a surprise to me. Also shocked that my alma mater NC State didn’t make the list. If you’ve ever tailgated in the fairgrounds at Carter Finley you know. Additionally, a South Carolina school made the list. I’ll give you a hint it’s one of the big two, but is it USC or Clemson? You’ll have to read on to find out.

Let’s be honest. College is about more than just higher education, going to class, and getting a job after 4 years. Those are all important things, but so much of what you learn in college happens outside of the classroom. It’s about an experience. Fortunately, the good folks at Barstool Sports took one of the team and conducted exhaustive research to create this list of the Top 50 Party Schools.  College is the best four years for many people, and choosing a school where you will be happy is important. Best of luck in making the right decision for you!

Which North Carolina Schools Made The Top 50 Party Schools List?

  • 50. Kentucky


  • 49. Penn

  • 48. Florida Atlantic University

  • 47. FGCU

  • 46. Jacksonville

  • 45. UCLA

  • 44. LSU

  • 43. Florida

  • 42. Oklahoma

  • 41. Texas

  • 40. THE Ohio State University

    Ohio State

  • 39. Michigan

  • 38. Santa Barbara

  • 37. James Madison

  • 36. UNC

  • 35. Missouri


  • 34. Kansas

  • 33. Howard University

  • 32. UAB

  • 31. Bucknell

  • 30. Cincinnati


  • 29. Tennessee

  • 28. Colorado

  • 27. Michigan State

  • 26. San Diego State

  • 25. Delaware

  • 24. Miami

    University of Miami

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 27: Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis performs during a break in the first half in the Elite Eight round game of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament against the Kansas Jayhawks at United Center on March 27, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.

  • 23. Wisconsin

  • 22. Maine

  • 21. Southern Cal (USC)

  • 20. Ole Miss

    Ole Miss

  • 19. Syracuse

  • 18. Dayton

  • 17. Ohio University

  • 16. East Carolina

  • 15. Illinois

  • 14. South Carolina

    South Carolina

  • 13. Chico State

  • 12. Indiana

  • 11. Miami Of Ohio

  • 10. Arizona


  • 9. U Mass

  • 8. Iowa

  • 7. Florida State

  • 6. Penn State

  • 5. Georgia


  • 4. Tulane

  • 3. Arizona State

  • 2. West Virginia University

  • 1. Alabama