Maclean's Magazine is known for its university rankings. Every year it ranks the best universities in Canada, the best student cities in Canada, and believe it or not, the best party schools in the country. The newest ranking for Canada's top party schools was released last week and... well, the results might surprise you. Of Quebec's universities, only Bishop's and McGill made the top ten, at #2 and #7, respectively. Concordia comes in at a respectable #19.

Maclean's opens its ranking by acknowledging that perhaps the recent legalization of marijuana has had an impact on the amount of time students spend having fun instead of hitting the books.

All in all, it seems students are partying more this year than last year, which could come from easy access to weed... or maybe it's the increase in existential dread.

Hard to say.

In any case, Maclean's surveyed "more than 18,000 university students across Canada in 2019 and asked them to estimate how much time they spend partying each week."

The magazine removed any outliers that would severely skew the numbers and tallied the averages to come up with a ranking of how much time students spend partying at different schools across the country.

And let's just say... the west coast is clearly doing fine with their yoga and kombucha, because the east coast has swept the charts.

Here are the results.

Here are your top ten party schools in Canada, with St. FX topping the list. This should come as no surprise to anyone.

1. St. Francis Xavier University - 10.6 hours/week
2. Bishop's University - 8.8 hours/week
3. Queen's University - 8.5 hours/week
4. Acadia University - 8.2 hours/week
5. Western University - 7.0 hours/week
6. Wilfrid Laurier University - 6.7 hours/week
7. McGill University - 6.6 hours/week
8. Mount Allison University - 6.6 hours/week
9. Dalhousie University - 6.2 hours/week
10. University of New Brunswick - 5.8 hours/week

The Maritimes are well-represented (whattup to my alma mater Dalhousie, you've done me proud), and even Ontario makes the list three times.


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Only four Quebec schools made it onto the list at all.

In addition to the aforementioned three is the Université de Sherbrooke, which tied with Concordia, Brock University, Ontario Tech, the University of Windsor, and the University of Victoria for the #19 spot.

This had me wondering about the impact of the drinking age on student partying. It raised two questions in my mind...

Do students party less when they are introduced to alcohol before they leave for university, where they're left alone and unchecked for the first time?

Or is it that students in Quebec don't qualify having a couple of beers as "partying" the way a student from another province might?

All in all, the list is very interesting. Particularly the stats that Maclean's includes. In the preface to their ranked list, the publication explains how much time in a week university students spend partying, on average, as well as how much they spend on alcoholic beverages.

Maclean's explains, "the average student in 2019 spent 4.7 hours per week partying, up from 3.0 hours the year before."

That sounds pretty low to me.

In addition, "respondents said they spent an average of $12.86 on drinking each week — up from $11.80 in 2018 — and consumed an average of 3.9 alcoholic beverages, compared to 3.3 the previous year."

Which sounds impossibly low... unless these kids are drinking two beers and calling it a night.

But, maybe that's how the kids are doing it these days. I wouldn't know.

Read the full Maclean's ranking here.

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