University of Tennessee has landed at #8 on Playboy's list of Top Party Schools in its May issue. Because? "UT Knoxville's powerhouse basketball team plays in the largest on-campus single-sport arena in the U.S., and its outstanding football team clashes in the fourth-largest non-racing stadium in the nation," says the mag. "Plus, this is the only school we know of with its own fraternity boxing tournament—a spring event that occurs amid a week-long party and draws students from all over. To top it off, a strip of bars runs through campus." Here's the whole list, based on a student rep survey, stats such as male-female ratio and winning percentage of sports teams, and bonus points for being in the vicinity of beaches, ski slopes, and music scenes.
Playboy Top Party Schools 2011:
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
One more numerical note: UT is one of just four schools in the top 10 that features a nude student on the landing page of the playboy.com article—Shea West, Coed of the Week from its May 2006 issue.