According to the 2014 edition of "The Best 378 Colleges", which is set to be released on Tuesday, the University of Iowa ranks number one in two categories, neither of which has to do with academics.
The Princeton Review, which surveyed 126,000 students at the 378 colleges, Iowa ranks number one in "Party Schools" and "Lots of Hard Liquor".
The other categories Iowa ranked in are, number four in "Students Study the Least" and "Lots of Beer," number seven in "Students Pack the Stadiums" and number 18 in "Lots of Greek Life."
The University of Iowa responded to the rankings in a release sent by Tom Moore, spokesperson for the University of Iowa. In that statement, Moore said, "We are continuing to work to change the culture on our campus by educating students to only consume alcohol in a legal, safe and responsible manner, and those efforts are achieving results."
Moore says the university is taking a proactive approach to reducing high-risk drinking. He adds that according to the National College Health Assessment, the proportion of students engaging in high-risk drinking in the two weeks preceding the survey is down from 70.3 percent in 2009, to 58.7 percent in 2013.
"These results are consistent with other data showing decreases for our students in alcohol-related crime, decreases in ambulance transports for alcohol-related incidents, and decreases in alcohol-related visits to the emergency treatment center," Moore added in his written statement.
He says that while alcohol harm to students has dropped, it's still too high and they are working to continue the progress they have made.
As for the rest of what the Princeton Review says in its latest rankings, Moore says they did get some things right.
"The first sentence of its profile of our campus says: “University of Iowa manages to pull off an amazing feat: It’s a Big Ten university full of exciting opportunities," “yet it’s still able to maintain a small-college feel.” We think that hits the nail right on the head," Moore said in his written statement.
Moore added that one of the students summed it up very well when they said, “The University of Iowa is a platform to launch yourself to the top of your field at an affordable price.”
He also says that students are saying favorable things about their educational experience in the comments, describing the student body as “friendly, hardworking, and studious,” but also “laid-back” and very social.” Moore says that is an indication that students are "balancing their academic responsibilities with their social pursuits."
Moore also points out that Fiske has ranked the University of Iowa as a "Best Buy" and the university has also been ranked as one of the "Most Green or Sustainable" and having outstanding programs like the Writers’ Workshop, speech and hearing program, and health care majors.
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