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Five Things Whisper Can Tell Us About America's Top Party Schools

Wisconsin is bored, high, and horny. The college confessions of Whisper.

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Every year, Playboy publishes a seemingly arbitrary list of the country's top party schools, and every year, the schools that appear on the list must live up to their title. Which can be intimidating, nerve-racking, annoying, and just plain exhausting. But worst of all is having to deal with the frustration of not knowing how your fellow Badgers, or Tigers, or Mountaineers truly feel about their placement on the list, and being forced to keep your own feelings bottled up inside.

On Whisper, students can say what's truly on their mind, free from judgement. Whisper can uncover which student body actually enjoys writhing, and flexing, and having shots imbibed off its navel, and which student body just wants to curl up with a good book.


2013's Top Party Schools according to Playboy magazine:

10. University of Maryland

9. Arizona State University

8. University of Georgia

7. Louisiana State University

6. University of Texas

5. Florida State University

4. University of Southern California

3. University of Colorado

2. University of Wisconsin

1. West Virginia University

A note on methodology:

To ensure accurate results, my first step was to match Whisper usage figures to enrollment numbers at each respective university. The number of Whisper users at each campus strongly correlates with the number of overall undergraduates, thus providing a representative sample of students.

Next, I compiled a list of keywords that would best capture the true nature and mood of each campus versus the ostensible nature and mood it projects as a so-called "party school."

The results of each search were weighted against the number of enrollees in each university to ensure fairness in comparison.

1. Virgin, virgins, and virginity.

The most noteworthy stat that emerges is the striking number of times that virginity is mentioned at Louisiana State — over twice as often as the University of Wisconsin. But finding Wisconsin in the number two spot is even more noteworthy: it was ranked the number two party school in the country by Playboy.

2. Going out versus staying in.

To further test the theory that party schools don't actually party as often as they let on, I decided to run a search for instances of the phrase "going out" against a search for instances of the phrase "staying in."


First in number of students either going out or talking about wanting to go out is Louisiana. It is also one of the only universities with more students wanting to leave their dorms than wanting stay inside. This makes sense given the number of students at Louisiana looking to get laid.

But staying in doesn't necessarily mean avoiding a good time. Here's a search of the term "bored" among students at each of the top 10 party schools.

The University of Wisconsin — again, the No. 2 party school in the country — leads with the highest total number of students complaining about being bored. Meanwhile, however, the University of West Virginia continues to live up to its Playboy ranking, coming in seventh in the number of bored students, after coming in ninth in the number of virgins.


3. Parties.

Now we come to chewy center of any good party school: Parties. For this, I ran a search on the words "party," "parties," and "partying," just to be safe.

Arizona State, which Playboy considers to be second to last in its list of top party schools, beat its rivals in the battle for party-animal status. Louisiana once more held its own, coming in second, but West Virginia nearly bottomed out.


4. Drinking and drugs.

To put together a chart of the schools' drinking habits, I combined the search results for "alcohol," "drinks," and "beer" — the beverage of choice among most party-school-goers:

Some interesting preferences emerged from a search for the words "drugs," "drug," and "high" (combined as "drugs"), "pot" and "weed" (combined as "pot"), and "molly."


5. SEX.

To determine the predilection for sexual congress among America's most party-ready students, I searched on the phrases "hook up," "hooked up," and "hooking up," as well as on the word "sex." To make it more interesting, I also searched the words "STD" and "STDs." Here's what I found:

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While Playboy got some things very right — University of Maryland, Florida State, Wisconsin — it got other things very wrong. West Virginia didn’t quite live up to the hype, and neither did USC. Louisiana, on the other hand, appeared to be the natural choice for No. 1. While this data, too, doesn’t paint an exact picture, it does help to illustrate the starting point, which is “don’t judge a party school by its Playboy cover story."


Neetzan Zimmerman is the Editor-In-Chief of Whisper, a BuzzFeed partner.