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party schools/non party schools

Katir14Katir14 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
edited November 2012 in College Search & Selection
which of these schools are NOT party school. i want a very serious campus environment. Do all woman's colleges tend to be non party schools?
Skidmore College
Oberlin College
Colby College
Wesleyan University
Grinnell College
Haverford College
Connecticut College
Colgate University
Carleton College
Middlebury College
Hamilton College
Vassar College
Wellesley College
Bowdoin College
Bryn Mawr College
Smith College
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Replies to: party schools/non party schools

  • Katir14Katir14 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Do bigger universitys have more alcohol, drinking and partying than smaller colleges or viceversa. Do rural schools have more party atmospheres than urban schools?
  • zobrowardzobroward Posts: 1,574Registered User Senior Member
    haverford is worth checking out it is "intellectual"and may fit what you are looking for.
  • Erin's DadErin's Dad Posts: 19,689Super Moderator Senior Member
    You can find partyers at any school, just as you can find non-partyers. You can always look at Princeton Review's list of stone cold sober schools.
  • sportsmom2016sportsmom2016 Posts: 271Registered User Junior Member
    Perhaps you could define a bit more as to exactly what you want in the campus environment and what you do not want. Kids at most schools have their fair share of fun but that does not mean they are hard core party schools. Based upon my son's vists to a few of the schools on your list the following seemed to have a tame environment when it came to the party aspect:
    Oberlin
    Haverford (as I recall they offer many single dorm rooms)
    Carleton
    Vassar

    Also take a look around at various schools and their dorm types - many offer substance & alcohol free dorms - this might keep the party atmosphere down for you.
    Best of luck!
  • MarsianMarsian Posts: 864Registered User Member
    Katir14 -- Good luck in your search! This thread recurs over and over. There are obviously many more students like you (I've known a number myself) who want to be away from the partying culture.
  • raiders83raiders83 Posts: 286Registered User Junior Member
    BYU is your' best bet..........check it out
  • Katir14Katir14 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    thanks for the replays i just visited Wesleyan university on a travel grant. the host i stayed with and her friends basically talked about drinking, partying and sex for 3 hours! I thought that this school would have less of a party vibe. then i asked the tour guide about it and she said that it is a big part of campus. I was a huge turn off for the school and i'm not sure i want to apply anymore. I HATE ALCOHOLISM and DRUNKENNESS! My dad is a drunk and alcoholic and that is something i want to get away from. Parties of course will always include alcohol in college so i want to stay away from that.
  • AnchserAnchser Posts: 134Registered User Junior Member
    It's college. College kids like partying. Sorry, the truth hurts! With that being said, just because your host liked to party doesn't mean everyone on campus does. I personally stayed over at 5 colleges, all on Friday nights. All of the kids went out and had fun.. This doesn't mean you have to get **** faced. You're assuming all people that attend parties are serious drinkers which is not the case.
  • HotCocoaHotCocoa Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
    To answer one of your questions in your OP, yes, most women's colleges tend to be non-party schools for the most part. Have you considered the following schools?

    Mount Holyoke - Known for having a studious, peaceful environment. Students can travel to the nearby towns and nearby colleges in the consortium if they're looking for parties, but it doesn't sound like it's a big part of the culture there at all.

    Hollins - Girls at Hollins love to have fun! But not in a traditional way. This school is known for the silly, zany antics girls there enjoy. Think dressing up in weird costumes to hike a mountain or watching anime in the Otaku Hall.

    Sweet Briar - Similar to Hollins but has a more traditional vibe. There are crazy traditions here too, lots of outdoors to explore, and "tap clubs" (a mix of theater groups, a capella groups, and community service groups). The girls also have "boathouse" parties on campus every Thursday, which have been described as a group of good girlfriends talking over wine, not hardcore drinking and partying.

    Smith - Definitely known for being hard-working, involved in activities and organizations, never resting, and yet also having fun with extracurriculars and the quaint, charming town of Northamptom. Lots of fun traditions.

    Wellesley - Similar to Smith like this, maybe has a reputation of being even a bit more studious and serious about schoolwork. Lots of traditions here too.

    Bryn Mawr - Studious students, traditions, and the city of Philadelphia is close by for going out and having fun, but you could easily go to concerts, movies, restaurants, et cetera instead of relying on bars or clubs.
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