Best Value Party Schools

As the holder of a degree from a so-called “party school,” this writer knows it’s possible to balance all-night study sessions with the occasional social gathering and libation — read: “kegger” — and still receive a great education at a good value.

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School Name 
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
 
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
 
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
 
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
 
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
 
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
 
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
16.9%6.9%11.3%11.3%$679,000$679,000$811,000$811,000$240,000$240,00089%4$37,40015%
1Lehigh University(Private)
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI11.3%
Annual ROI11.3%
20 Year Net ROI$679,000
20 Year Net ROI$679,000
20 Year Net ROI$811,000
20 Year Net ROI$811,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Grad Rate89%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$37,400
Grant Money Received15%
29.3%N/A12.5%N/A$585,000N/A$636,000N/A$118,000N/A85%4$27,60022%
2University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(In-State)
Annual ROI9.3%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI12.5%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$585,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$636,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,600
Grant Money Received22%
36.0%N/A9.5%N/A$566,000N/A$690,000N/A$257,000N/A88%4$32,70012%
3Bucknell University(Private)
Annual ROI6.0%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI9.5%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$566,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$690,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$257,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,700
Grant Money Received12%
45.8%N/A11.8%N/A$538,000N/A$708,000N/A$255,000N/A90%4$27,80015%
4Colgate University(Private)
Annual ROI5.8%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI11.8%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$538,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$708,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$255,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,800
Grant Money Received15%
57.1%N/A9.0%N/A$525,000N/A$576,000N/A$178,000N/A85%4$27,60022%
5University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI7.1%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$525,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$576,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,600
Grant Money Received22%
68.0%8.7%13.0%15.0%$505,000$522,000$588,000$605,000$139,000$122,00082%4$20,80039%
6University of California-Santa Barbara(In-State)
Annual ROI8.0%
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI13.0%
Annual ROI15.0%
20 Year Net ROI$505,000
20 Year Net ROI$522,000
20 Year Net ROI$588,000
20 Year Net ROI$605,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$20,800
Grant Money Received39%
79.0%9.0%11.4%11.4%$488,000$488,000$525,000$525,000$106,000$106,00081%4$35,70014%
7University of Delaware(In-State)
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI9.0%
Annual ROI11.4%
Annual ROI11.4%
20 Year Net ROI$488,000
20 Year Net ROI$488,000
20 Year Net ROI$525,000
20 Year Net ROI$525,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$35,700
Grant Money Received14%
85.4%5.4%10.9%10.9%$476,000$476,000$638,000$638,000$254,000$254,00088%4$37,10010%
8Wake Forest University(Private)
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI5.4%
Annual ROI10.9%
Annual ROI10.9%
20 Year Net ROI$476,000
20 Year Net ROI$476,000
20 Year Net ROI$638,000
20 Year Net ROI$638,000
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Grad Rate88%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$37,100
Grant Money Received10%
95.3%5.6%10.0%10.8%$465,000$480,000$616,000$631,000$258,000$244,00092%4$28,70010%
9Tufts University(Private)
Annual ROI5.3%
Annual ROI5.6%
Annual ROI10.0%
Annual ROI10.8%
20 Year Net ROI$465,000
20 Year Net ROI$480,000
20 Year Net ROI$616,000
20 Year Net ROI$631,000
Total 4 Year Cost$258,000
Total 4 Year Cost$244,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,700
Grant Money Received10%
109.6%9.6%11.7%11.7%$430,000$430,000$455,000$455,000$81,600$81,60087%4$24,40025%
10University of Florida(In-State)
Annual ROI9.6%
Annual ROI9.6%
Annual ROI11.7%
Annual ROI11.7%
20 Year Net ROI$430,000
20 Year Net ROI$430,000
20 Year Net ROI$455,000
20 Year Net ROI$455,000
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Total 4 Year Cost$81,600
Grad Rate87%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,400
Grant Money Received25%
118.7%8.7%10.4%10.4%$423,000$423,000$449,000$449,000$98,200$98,30085%4$30,30012%
11University of Wisconsin-Madison(In-State)
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI10.4%
20 Year Net ROI$423,000
20 Year Net ROI$423,000
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
20 Year Net ROI$449,000
Total 4 Year Cost$98,200
Total 4 Year Cost$98,300
Grad Rate85%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$30,300
Grant Money Received12%
126.1%6.1%7.4%7.4%$413,000$413,000$450,000$450,000$180,000$180,00081%4$35,70014%
12University of Delaware(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI6.1%
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI7.4%
20 Year Net ROI$413,000
20 Year Net ROI$413,000
20 Year Net ROI$450,000
20 Year Net ROI$450,000
Total 4 Year Cost$180,000
Total 4 Year Cost$180,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$35,700
Grant Money Received14%
135.1%5.5%7.4%8.1%$408,000$424,000$491,000$507,000$236,000$220,00082%4$20,80039%
13University of California-Santa Barbara(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI5.1%
Annual ROI5.5%
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROI8.1%
20 Year Net ROI$408,000
20 Year Net ROI$424,000
20 Year Net ROI$491,000
20 Year Net ROI$507,000
Total 4 Year Cost$236,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate82%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$20,800
Grant Money Received39%
149.1%9.1%12.4%12.4%$394,000$394,000$432,000$432,000$84,400$83,80072%4$29,00023%
14University of Iowa(In-State)
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI9.1%
Annual ROI12.4%
Annual ROI12.4%
20 Year Net ROI$394,000
20 Year Net ROI$394,000
20 Year Net ROI$432,000
20 Year Net ROI$432,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,400
Total 4 Year Cost$83,800
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$29,000
Grant Money Received23%
157.8%7.9%10.5%10.7%$391,000$393,000$434,000$436,000$111,000$109,00063%4$25,60024%
15University of Rhode Island(In-State)
Annual ROI7.8%
Annual ROI7.9%
Annual ROI10.5%
Annual ROI10.7%
20 Year Net ROI$391,000
20 Year Net ROI$393,000
20 Year Net ROI$434,000
20 Year Net ROI$436,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Total 4 Year Cost$109,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$25,600
Grant Money Received24%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

While students ostensibly choose to attend college to obtain a higher education, many also enjoy spending their downtime engaging in all kinds of revelry. We based our list of “Party Schools” on The Princeton Review’s list of the top 20 party schools in the country. If your favorite film is “Animal House,” and if you’d like to attend a school that has a reputation for partying, consider using PayScale’s data to zero in on the best value party schools before you submit your application.

Located about 70 miles from Philadelphia and about 85 miles from New York City, Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania happens to be one of the top partying schools in the country. The campus stretches across more than 2,300 acres, and the school is affiliated with Nobel laureates, Fulbright scholars and Pulitzer Prize winners. Ranked sixth on Princeton Review’s list of the top party schools, Lehigh University usually delivers exceptional ROI for students who like mixing business with pleasure.

Due largely in part to its annual Unofficial Saint Patrick’s Day festivities, which involve copious amounts of drinking and partying, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign often comes in high on the Princeton Review’s list of top party schools. A founding member of the Big 10 Conference, U of I, or UIUC, sprawls across a 4,552-acre campus and boasts a student population of more than 44,500 students. Its 17 colleges offer more than 150 programs of study, and one of its best-known alumni, Fazlor Rahman Kahn — the “Einstein of Structural Engineering” — designed both the John Hancock Tower and the Sears Tower in Chicago.

Private Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is situated on 445 acres in an area that is largely rural and also happens to be the largest private liberal arts university in the country. Its three schools and colleges offer degrees spanning a wide range of fields, including engineering, the arts, the humanities, social science, music, education and management. Bucknell offers nearly 50 majors, more than 60 minors and more than 200 student clubs and organizations. Famous alumni include novelist Philip Roth and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, so the school clearly offers far more than a partying environment.


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