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UW-Madison ranks No. 8 in Top-20 party school list

After a two-year absence, University of Wisconsin-Madison is back on the list of the nation's Top 20 party schools.

It's No. 8 in the annual survey announced Monday by the Princeton Review. The rankings are part of annual guide to the nation's 371 best colleges.

The schools are rated on a host of factors by 122,000 students.

Madison traditionally ranked near the top of the party-school category for years, and it was No. 1 in 2005.

But that was before the university cracked down on some of Madison's biggest drinking traditions - including drink specials at campus bars, and the annual Halloween bash on State Street that got violent until admission was charged and live music was added a couple years ago.

Penn State is this year's No. 1 party school, after Florida held the title a year ago.

Penn State spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz says it's nothing more than a popularity contest. She said groups on Facebook urged members to vote for Penn State.