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Canada’s top party schools 2017

The full list of 47 schools, ranked by average hours spent partying a week, calculated from self-reported data from the Maclean’s student survey


Maclean’s surveyed more than 17,000 students across Canada late last year to see how they were faring on campus. We asked them to estimate how much time they spend partying each week, and more than 15,000 answered the question, though we didn’t rank any school with fewer than 100 responses. Here, we present a perennial reader favourite: the top party schools for 2017.

Maclean’s tallied the total party hours for each school and divided it by the number of respondents to arrive at our scores. Individual responses ranged from zero to—wait for it—30 hours a week! The national average was 3.27 hours a week, so keep that in mind when you’re comparing schools.

If these numbers seem low to some of you, please note more than one-third of our survey respondents are not of the partying persuasion: 5,600 said they did not party at all.

When it comes to the battle of the sexes, the national average for male respondents was 3.59 hours a week compared to 3.27 hours for females, while males at the top party school, St. Francis Xavier in Antigonish, N.S., said they partied 9.15 hours a week compared to 7.7 hours for females.

To read a sober, first-person account of what a busy Friday night is like at a top party school, check out Meagan Campbell’s report from Western University in London, Ont., which came in at #9.

Rank University Party hours per week
1 St. Francis Xavier University 8.01
2 Bishop’s University 7.66
3 Queen’s University 4.94
4 Mount Allison University 4.77
5 Acadia University 4.5
6 Nipissing University 4.49
7 Laurentian University 4.47
8 Wilfrid Laurier University 4.43
9 Western University 4.29
10 University of Guelph 4.04
11 Trent University 3.92
12 Brock University 3.85
13 University of New Brunswick 3.74
14 McGill University 3.58
15 Carleton University 3.51
16 Dalhousie University 3.33
17 St. Thomas University 3.3
18 University of Lethbridge 3.29
19 University of Victoria 3.29
20 University of Ottawa 3.24
21 University of Prince Edward Island 3.15
22 Saint Mary’s University 3.15
23 Concordia University (Montreal) 3.15
24 McMaster University 3.12
25 Lakehead University 3.1
26 Ryerson University 3.09
27 Memorial University of Newfoundland 3.01
28 University of Ontario Institute of Technology 2.99
29 Mount Saint Vincent University 2.93
30 University of Windsor 2.88
31 University of Northern British Columbia 2.76
32 The University of British Columbia 2.69
33 University of Waterloo 2.68
34 Brandon University 2.68
35 University of Saskatchewan 2.62
36 Cape Breton University 2.53
37 University of Alberta 2.39
38 MacEwan University 2.38
39 Mount Royal University 2.38
40 University of Regina 2.36
41 The University of Winnipeg 2.36
42 University of Toronto 2.23
43 University of Calgary 2.13
44 Thompson Rivers University 2.13
45 University of Manitoba 1.91
46 Simon Fraser University 1.88
47 York University 1.82


Canada’s top party schools 2017

  1. And this is why we’re dying educationally.

  2. Rather than asking students “how much time they spend partying,” perhaps a more productive question would have been to ask students about the sense of community fostered by their respective university. As a graduate of Acadia (#5) and Dalhousie (#16) and a former student at York (#50) I can speak to the fact that York’s position on the list has nothing to do with the sobriety or focus of its students. Rather, it derives from the fact that York as a ‘commuter’ campus has no sense of community. This want of community is, in turn, counter-productive to academic success. [And, I would also suggest, success in life.] Consequently, bottom marks in ‘fostering community’ should be cause for some soul-searching on behalf of the institutions in question.

    • A ‘sense of community’ is just another version of ‘school spirit’……the rah rah rah for the football team kind of thing.

      Beyond reciting back textbooks, the purpose of a university is to get people AWAY from their community, and their ‘comfort zone’ and out in the wider world.

      We need to be fostering global contacts not tribalism.

  3. Should rename the article to “Canada’s top university party schools” or top party universities. Many colleges in Ontario even offer degree programs, some more reputable than the ones you’d actually get from a university! Don’t forget about colleges. As someone who’s been to both this is crucial.

    • It seems your numbers are incorrect.

      Either the following are inconsistent or there are virtually no males attending these Universities.

      The national average was 3.27 hours a week …
      When it comes to the battle of the sexes, the national average for male respondents was 3.59 hours a week compared to 3.27 hours for females

  4. It is a joke no french quebec shcool in the list. French quebec is a part of Canada at the last new.

    • I echo the comment. The editor should insert the statement that French universities were not included. Better yet, augment the survey – s’il vous plait.