On any given day of the week you’ll find a rager at Arizona State that’s crazy enough to make the locals look sane (and that’s saying a lot). With an overabundance of McMansions and more pools per capita than anywhere else in the nation, Phoenix serves as the perfect location for wet-and-wild bashes and a steady stream of theme parties. Why study in the library when you can study jaw-dropping coeds as they work on their Cabo-caliber tans? Tan, sleep, eat, drink and (maybe) go to class—just another day in the life of a Sun Devil.
College Park offers the pleasures of an East Coast university without the pretension. And that’s more refreshing than a cold Natty Boh. Campus life strikes a balance between small-school community and state-school rampage, and D.C. and Baltimore are a quick train ride away. Getting sloshed at the Washington Monument counts as patriotism, right?