UW-Madison ranks second in Playboy party school list

Year after year, the University of Wisconsin pops up in college rankings across the country – but the latest one may not be the college’s proudest moment.

Playboy magazine ranked UW-Madison as the second top part school in the nation, following the University of Pennsylvania.

The label isn’t one the UW Police Department is too interested in.

“We don’t pay a lot of attention to it,” said UWPD spokesperson Marc Lovicott. “What we do pay attention to is our students.”

Regardless of the ranking, UWPD is working harder this semester to crack down on student drinking.

This year, officers have launched a targeted alcohol enforcement effort. As a result, they’ve seen an increase in the number of alcohol citations.

“We want Badgers to own their own Wisconsin experience and be good Badgers,” Lovicott said. “Nobody wants to end up in detox, and nobody wants to end up in a hospital.”

The goal isn’t to spoil anyone’s fun, especially on Game Day – but with stepped up patrols, officers are hoping to keep more kids out of detox, and maybe knock Wisconsin down a little lower on that party list.

“We want people to have a good time and enjoy Badger games like today, but they’ve got to do so safely, and they’ve got to be responsible about it.” 

UWPD says despite the ranking, the issue of student drinking at UW-Madison appears to be comparable to years past so far this school year.