Joe Hadfield, BYU’s spokesman, told The Times the ranking is a source of amusement for BYU students, but there is something to BYU’s party-free reputation.
“It’s definitely the students that come here,” he said, explaining that the school attracts those who are religious and serious about academics. “They’re looking for a unique experience.”
The ranking is based on e-mail surveys of 122,000 students at more than 370 colleges across the country. It combines responses on alcohol and drug use on campus, hours spent studying outside class and the popularity of fraternities and sororities.
The surveys are filled out voluntarily by students, and on average about 325 students from each campus respond, said Rob Franek, author of the 800-page book put out by Princeton Review each year with nearly 60 categories of rankings.
• Washington Times writer Michal Elseth contributed to this report.