When teenagers enroll at a college, nearly all are doing so to further their education. Others admit it’s because their parents wanted them to and more than a quarter said they went to college just to party, according to new research.
A new study, which surveyed over 1,000 college graduates, sought out to find out how much power partying had on graduates’ college choice and overall examined their drinking habits through four-years. The survey, headed by Niznik Behavioral Health, found that 27% of participates went to college to party.
According to the study, some of the participants’ decisions on where to attend school could have been swayed by party school rankings, which was evident in the study as partying was more popular than going somewhere that offered respondents an academic scholarship (24%.)
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Not surprisingly, those who attended party schools attended more parties and consumed more drinks than others who opted for campuses known for a more focused outlook like sports or academia. College students who opted for party schools partied at least twice a week while consuming nearly four drinks-per-party, with public and social services majors leading the way as the thirstiest major with 3.4 drinks-per-bash.
Students who majored in science, math, or technology consumed the least amount of drinks (2.5) while attending the fewest parties (1.9) per week, according to the study.
When students are at parties, their methods of drinking usually involve lots of beer pong. Eighty percent of participants said that beer pong is the most popular college drinking game, followed by flip cup (55%) and quarters (44%.) Keg stands ranked as one of the least popular drinking games perhaps due to the alcohol consumption, with five beers consumed per party.
In retrospect, college graduates from both sexes both agreed they wished they partied more, while both men and women felt they should have studied much more.