QU Ranked in List of Top Party Schools
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Sunday, April 29, 2012 22:04
We’ve all heard the “Slob-cat” nick name, a not-so-clever play on the Bobcat mascot. Recently it seems that others are taking notice of this nickname, too. Fiestafrog.com has ranked Quinnipiac University at number 40 on their list of “Top 100 Party Schools and Universities,” published earlier this month.
Despite the rather high ranking, several Quinnipiac students disagree with the title.
“I can’t believe we’re number 40,” said Vincent Garcia, a freshman business major. “I thought we’d be, like, 100, if we were even on the list at all.”
Other students understand why QU may be considered a party school, with the reputation it has gained as a result of the many citations some students have received for public-urination in the streets of New Haven, Conn.
“I know a lot of people go out, but most of it happens in New Haven, so it’s not even on our campus,” said Adriana DeCarlo, a sophomore mathematics major. “I just thought there were bigger party schools than ours, so I didn’t expect us to make the list.”
DeCarlo isn’t the only student confused by the ranking. Many don’t understand how Quinnipiac beat out other colleges, known much more for their partying.
“There’s no way we can possibly be ranked higher than [the University of] Miami,” said Edward Negrepont, a freshman film, video and interactive media major.
While many students are just don’t understand how QU got ranked number 40 out of 100, there are some that are simply skeptical of the entire categorization process.
“I’d like to see how they determined this,” said Richard Cote, a freshman business major. “What was their criterion in deciding? It may appear that Quinnipiac parties a lot, but it can’t be enough to make the top 100 in the nation.”
There are many Quinnipiac Facebook users who have stumbled across this title and seem to enjoy the attention Fiestafrog.com has brought to QU. Still, other students don’t feel that this is the type of attention the school should be receiving.
“This is really sad,” said Lauren Portas, a freshman mathematics major. “[This list] is giving our school a bad name. When you apply to colleges, most people don’t look for party schools. Most people actually look for good academics. That’s what I’d rather have my school be known for.”
The potential for bad publicity towards prospective new students is something many worry will result from this ranking.
“It might turn away really serious students,” Portas said. “Or at least make them more apprehensive. It could also be a red flag for parents.”
Cote, however, feels differently about the situation.
“I don’t necessarily think that being dubbed a ‘party school’ will put off students,” he said. “Kids that are really focused on their academics will know how to avoid the chaos and focus on what’s important to them.”