The University of Central Florida was ranked 9th in Playboy’s list of top 10 party schools in the nation.

UCF was the only school in Florida to make the list this year. Miami and Rollins college were both in the 2010 rankings.

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The playboy website wrote this when describing why UCF was ranked No. 9: “When you put 56,000 college students 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, you end up with an explosive mix of sun, sand and girls. UCF’s campus is well appointed (the dorms are akin to hotels), and though the school’s football team is unexceptional, prodigious tailgating makes up for any lack of athletic prowess. UCF students even get a discount on Universal Studios tickets. Sage advice from one student: ‘Never ride the Hulk drunk.’ Duly noted.”

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According to a playboy press release, the rankings were put together by Playboy’s editors with input from students, alumni and Playboy campus representatives.

The rankings and reference to great tailgate parties come after KnightNews.com started covering tailgates with our “Tailgate Fan Cam.”

The release also says the rankings additional factors like “male-female ratios, academics, and the winning percentage of their sports teams, as well as their proximity to beaches, ski slopes and lively music scenes,” were taken into account.

The University of Colorado at Boulder topped the list at No. 1. A big reason why, according to Playboy, is because half the students participate in a giant 4/20 smoke out day. See video of that event below:
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Here’s the full top 10 Playboy party schools list:

1. University of Colorado at Boulder
2. Pennsylvania State University
3. Arizona State University
4. University of Western Ontario
5. University of Texas at Austin
6. University of Wisconsin
7. University of Georgia
8. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
9. University of Central Florida
10. University of California, Santa Barbara