NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - Every year the Princeton Review releases their lists of the colleges and universities with the best food, the best dorms, and of course the top party schools.
22News took a closer look at these lists and discovered that some local schools have made the cut.
Both Smith College and Mount Holyoke College have made their way onto a few of these lists, but don't worry, they're not on the party schools list, the reefer madness list, or lots of hard liquor list.
The Princeton Review is famous for their top party schools list. This year Ohio University took the top spot, but they don't just rank party schools, they also make lists for things like best food, happiest students and most beautiful campus. South Hadley's own Mount Holyoke College is number 4 on that list and it's easy to see why. It has lakes, ponds, and buildings that look like they're straight out of Hogwarts. But do these rankings make a difference in a student's decision?
Eythmi Popo, a senior at Mount Holyoke College, said, "I really did use the Princeton Review because as an international student you aren't always able to visit. I did come to visit, but definitely before I decided the Princeton Review helped you get to know a school better."
Mount Holyoke College also ranks in a number 7, for best classroom experience, and number 18 on students who study the most.
Smith College in Northampton also made it on a list. They were number 3 on dorms because they are like palaces. Sophomore Ceci Gonzalez told 22News that the dorms were a big reason why she chose Smith College.
"Every single house on campus has a baby grand piano in the living room," according to Ceci Gonzalez. "Hold on a baby grand in the living room? Not too shabby!"
And that's not all, there's tea time on Fridays. Up to the bed room there is a nice single dorm, with lots of light and plenty of space for one, and then there's a communal kitchen for house gatherings.
Gonzalez continued saying, "It really becomes a home more than just a place you live in. So there's a baby grand piano, tea in the living room, and a working fireplace just in case you want to toast some marshmallows? Yes, so it's not just a student dorm. It's really a house, or a palace? Yes, a palace."
So if you're looking for a palace, a beautiful campus, or just a place to get a great education, according to the Princeton Review, Hampshire County has it all.
For a long time, UMass Amherst was on the top party schools list, they no longer are, but I did call over there to see if they're happy with that omission. They told us yes, they're happy about that; it's not something they aspire to.