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Canada’s top party schools 2016: Full results

A full list of 55 schools, ranked by average hours spent partying a week, calculated from self-reported data from the Maclean’s student survey


 
St. FX Concert

2015 frosh week concert at St. Francis Xavier University, the top party school (Devon Chisholm)

Maclean’s surveyed more than 10,000 students at 100 universities across Canada in the late summer and early fall of 2015 on how many hours a week they spent partying. We calculated an average for each school, rounded to the nearest thousandth, using the number of hours per week divided by the number of respondents from each school. Responses ranged from zero to — wait for it — over 40 hours per week! A minimum of 50 responses per school was required for inclusion. For a photo gallery of the top 20 click here.

To read a first-person account of what a wild weekend is like at St. FX, Canada’s top party school, click here. If you want to read about a weekend at U of T, where students report they party the least, check out this story.

Think your school is the real party powerhouse? Send us your party stories. Submissions should be under 300 words and emailed to letters@macleans.ca.


Rank University Average number of hours spent partying per week
1 St. Francis Xavier 7.250
2 Bishop's 5.760
3 Sherbrooke 5.697
4 UQAM 5.207
5 Nipissing 5.034
6 Montréal 4.891
7 Queen's 4.807
8 Mount Allison 4.659
9 Acadia 4.604
10 Wilfrid Laurier 4.514
11 Guelph 4.504
12 Western 4.273
13 Concordia 4.268
14 Laval 4.145
15 UOIT 4.119
16 Dalhousie 4.105
17 McGill 3.815
18 Cape Breton 3.779
19 New Brunswick 3.770
20 Brock 3.762
21 Memorial 3.647
22 McMaster 3.406
23 Moncton 3.252
24 Lakehead 3.243
25 Victoria 3.221
26 Trent 3.194
27 Saint Mary's 3.158
28 Ottawa 3.155
29 Waterloo 3.147
30 Carleton 3.041
31 Winnipeg 3.010
32 Saskatchewan 2.959
33 MacEwan 2.896
34 Regina 2.882
35 Capilano 2.859
36 St. Thomas 2.846
37 Simon Fraser 2.789
38 Lethbridge 2.737
39 Laurentian 2.720
*40 UBC 2.678
*40 Ryerson 2.678
42 Windsor 2.631
43 MSVU 2.624
44 Alberta 2.598
45 Kwantlen 2.588
46 Calgary 2.515
47 Mount Royal 2.476
48 UNBC 2.404
49 Manitoba 2.377
50 UPEI 2.333
51 Thompson Rivers 2.320
52 Brandon 2.200
53 York 2.100
54 Toronto 2.042

*Indicates a tie.


 

Canada’s top party schools 2016: Full results

  1. Oh man. Canada’s most ‘party hearty’ students invest an average of an hour a day letting their hair down? Number 50 on our ‘party animals’ list allot themselves about 17 minutes a day to cut loose. Which means that our average post-secondary student invests less than 15 minutes a day in pure frivolity.

    Which further points to potential disaster both for them and our society if they become habituated to
    a life-style that has little or no place for activity not fitting some ‘meaningful + purposeful’ pigeon-hole.

    The neo- puritans we’re training to be the capitalist cannon-fodder of tomorrow ‘party too much’ for a many of us doddering curmudgeons -but I can’t help but see ‘burn-out’ writ large on the futures of the generation preparing to take the tattered remnant of a sow’s ear we toss them to turn it into new silk purses.

    Sadly, we may need to offer credit courses in ‘unstructured social interaction’ to save these kids from those impossibly imaginary selves they think believe they need to be to win approval.

    To thrive they will need to discard tired values of ‘maximums’ and ‘minimums’ and aim for ‘optimums’.

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