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Kent Smith responds to party school ranking

On Monday, Vice President for Student Affairs Kent Smith sent an email to all Ohio University students regarding the Princeton Review's party school rankings.

Dear Students,   

Today the Princeton Review's "Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition" was released and as many of you may already know, Ohio University was ranked as the #1 Party School in the nation. While some of you may think this ranking is something to be proud of, I want you to know that I am disappointed in the ranking for several reasons:

  • It is an unscientific ranking and is not indicative of the overall experience of OHIO students.

  • It does not match the data we have collected (49 percent decrease in alcohol-related judicial violations and an 8 percent decrease in self-reported high-risk drinking,

  • It devalues your Ohio University degree. Don't be surprised when potential employers bring it up in a job interview.

  • It perpetuates a false assumption that Ohio University does not enforce the Code of Conduct and the laws of the State of Ohio.

As you are well aware from visiting friends at other institutions, party scenes can be found at any college campus.

I know that Ohio University students are among the best and brightest in the country as evidenced by your campus engagement, academic achievements, and success after graduation. I am proud of your accomplishments and proud to serve as your vice president for student affairs.

Join me today in celebrating not a party school ranking, but why Ohio University is a great place to learn and grow. Feel free to join the conversation by either emailing me directly at or by tweeting me @ouvpsa and using the hashtag #OHIOPride.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Kent J. Smith, Jr.
Vice President for Student Affairs