Colleges Ranked: Hardest, Easiest and Party-ist

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Princeton Review's Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition is out and here are the latest rankings:

When it comes to college, the one that has the best classroom experience is Mount Holyoke College, followed by Reed College, Stanford University, West Point and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.

Students buckle down and study the most at these difficult schools: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Reed College, Harvey Mudd College, California Institute of Technology and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.

If you want a school where the students (almost) never study, here's your list: University of North Dakota, University of Central Florida, University of Mississippi, SUNY-Albany and West Virginia University.

Party! They know how to party hearty at the University of Georgia, Ohio University-Athens, Penn State University, West Virginia University and the University of Mississippi.

What makes the Princeton Review unique -- and controversial -- is that it relies on the survey results of college students. No administrators. No professors. No parents. Only student opinions are solicited.

Following are the No. 1 rankings in selected categories:

I Only Want the Best

Best Classroom Experience: Mount Holyoke College

Professors Get High Marks: Reed College

Professors Get Low Marks: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Most Accessible Professors: U.S. Air Force Academy

Least Accessible Professors: University of Toronto

Best Career Services: Northeastern University

All I Ever Do Is Study!

Students Study the Most: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Students Study the Least: University of North Dakota

Best College Library: Harvard College

This Is a Library?: Bradley University

The Smiley Face Factor

Happiest Students: Brown University

Least Happy Students: Fisk University

Dorms Like Palaces: Bryn Mawr College

Dorms Like Dungeons: Tuskegee University

Best Campus Food: Bowdoin College

Is It Food?: United States Merchant Marine Academy

Most Beautiful Campus: Sewanee--The University of the South

Least Beautiful Campus: New Jersey Institute of Technology

Great College Town: Columbia University

Best Quality of Life: Rice University

Where's the Game?

Best Athletic Facilities: University of Maryland-College Park

Students Pack the Stadiums: Penn State University

Best Jock School: Clemson University

Dodge Ball Targets: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Everyone Plays Intramural Sports: University of Notre Dame

Nobody Plays Intramural Sports: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Animal House

Top Party School: University of Georgia

Major Fraternity and Sorority Scene: Transylvania University

Reefer Madness: University of California, Santa Cruz

Lots of Hard Liquor: Providence College

Lots of Beer: Ohio University-Athens

They Never Wear Togas Here

Stone Cold Sober School: Brigham Young University

Most Religious Students: Brigham Young University

They Don't Inhale: United States Coast Guard Academy

Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch: Brigham Young University

Politically Correct

Most Politically-Active Students: American University

Election? What Election?: Salisbury University

Most Conservative Students: Texas A&M University

Most Liberal Students: Hampshire College

I'm Okay, You're Okay

Lots of Race/Class Interaction: University of Miami

LGBT-Friendly: Emerson College

LGBT-Unfriendly: Grove City College

Red Tape, Green Money

School Runs Like Butter: Elon University

Long Lines and Red Tape: SUNY-Purchase College

Great Financial Aid: Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Financial Aid Not So Great: Sonoma State University

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