When one thinks of great nightlife and beautiful people partying into the wee small hours of the morning, Miami, Fla. often comes to mind. But believe it or not, Miami University—in Oxford, Ohio—is actually College Prowler’s highest ranked school for “Party Guys” and “Party Girls.”
So what gives? Why is a small college town in Ohio a great place for coeds to be single and mingle?
Here are 5 reasons why Oxford is a college party mecca:
1. Oxford is home to the national offices of five Greek-letter organizations, including Delta Sigma Pi, Delta Zeta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Delta Theta, and Beta Theta Pi. In fact, Miami University has been called the “Mother of Fraternities” (a nickname shared with Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.). You can’t be the “MoF” without being some sort of party animal (even if you’re affectionately called “mother”).
2. With a population of approximately 21,000 residents, 16,000 of which are Miami students, more than 75 percent of Oxford is made up of university coeds.
3. There are lots of great bars in the area that make partying possible, from Brick Street Bar to Skipper’s Pub (Top Deck).
4. Since Oxford is a small town, with bigger cities like Cincinnati and Dayton nearly 45 minutes away, it’s the perfect storm for a party. How else are 16,000 students going to blow off steam in a town where they outnumber the residents?
5. Miami University is a sporty school (after all, Ben Roethlisberger graduated from here!). As a Division I Mid-American Conference threat, the University is conducive to a celebratory atmosphere for sports like football, basketball, and hockey.
In addition to being ranked highly for its Party Girls and Guys on the College Prowler site, Miami University was also featured on Huffington Post’s list of “19 Most Fun-Loving Colleges,” so maybe the University just has a general light-hearted attitude conducive for celebration.
What do you think? Are there other reasons why Miami University is a party hub? Or do you think there’s another school that foots the bill? Sound off below!