On Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, the Princeton Review announced BYU was the most stone-cold sober school in the country yet again — the 15th straight year.
The last time the school wasn’t the No. 1 stone-cold sober school was in 1998, making it the longest reigning champion.
University spokesman Todd Hollingshead said he hopes the reign continues for several years.
He said students probably will celebrate by stocking up on root beer and chocolate milk.
As BYU’s antithesis, West Virginia University claimed the title of top party school for the second time in six years. In fact, West Virginia was the No. 1 party school in 1997, 2007 and now in 2013. It’s been among the top 20 party schools 12 times in the 21 years the rankings have been published, according to the Associated Press.
The annual rankings are based on a survey given by the Princeton Review to 122,000 college students at 377 of the nation’s top universities. Survey answers determine the fates of the schools on the 62 lists created by the Review.
The stone-cold sober and party school lists were determined based on student responses to questions about the level of alcohol and drug use on campus, the amount of time spent outside of class and the popularity of sororities and fraternities.
As BYU bans sororities and fraternities and the school’s honor code bans the use of alcohol and drugs, the school is nearly guaranteed to rank high on the stone-cold sober lists.
The label has even become a source of pride for many students, alumni and donors.