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Playboy ranks University of Virginia as No. 1 party school

Officials at the University of Virginia on Wednesday weren't thrilled with Playboy’s dubious distinction listing the nation’s oldest public university as the No. 1 party school in America.

“We are demanding a recount,” UVA spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren told NBC News.

“It’s far more important for the university to be known for our academic achievements in teaching and research,” said Carol Wood, another UVA spokeswoman, in a statement to NBC News.  


Playboy ranked the Charlottesville, Va., university -- founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 -- as the top party school, beating 100 other colleges nationwide, according to Playboy’s 2012 Top Party Schools list. The rankings are featured in the October college issue.  

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"Raise a glass to UVA, whose students know a thing or two about raising glasses and everything important to this list," said Playboy on its website. “The Cavaliers placed an uninspiring 16th in sports but more than made up for it in nightlife and sex, finishing number three and number two, respectively. According to our math, two plus three equals one.”

The rankings were based on 900 data points across three categories: sex, sports and nightlife, according to Playboy officials.   

Playboy’s full top 10 list:

  1. University of Virginia
  2. University of Southern California
  3. University of Florida
  4. University of Texas
  5. University of Wisconsin
  6. University of Georgia
  7. Vanderbilt
  8. Tulane
  9. Texas Christian
  10. Ohio State

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