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Posted on Tue, Jul 28, 2009 : 8:24 p.m.

University of Michigan students love their sports

By Juliana Keeping

University of Michigan students are some of the best sports fans around, so says The Princeton Review's 2010 edition of "Best 371 Colleges."

Students fill Ann Arbor stadiums more than almost any other college in the country, with U-M ranking No. 3 in the "Students pack the stadiums" category. The University of Florida is No. 2, and Penn State is No. 1.

Princeton Review rankings are based on surveys of about 122,000 students at 371 college campus. About 325 students per campus take an 80-question survey, answering queries about themselves, academics, campus life and other topics in 62 categories.

In the category that judges the popularity of intercollegiate and intramural sports and frats, U-M is No. 13. Michigan State University is No. 17 in the same category; No. 1 is Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

Other Michigan colleges ranking in top-20 lists include Albion College at No. 4 for having a campus that's more interesting than the city and No. 17 for its frat and sorority scene. Calvin College and Hillsdale College ranked high in categories about religion and sobriety.

Around the country, Penn State took top honors for party school, and students there admitted to the most beer consumption. High instances of tree hugging and Birkenstock wearing were reported at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Students at Brown University in Providence, R.I. say they're the happiest, while those at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. were the most miserable surveyed. There, students also reported the most dissatisfaction with their professors. Students at Davidson in Davidson, N.C. reported the highest rankings for their professors.

Juliana Keeping covers the University of Michigan for Reach her at 734-623-2528 or


John Agno

Wed, Jul 29, 2009 : 7:31 a.m.

Over the last ten years, the majority of people in the UofM basketball game arena have gray hair. So if they are classified as students, they must be lifetime learners.


Tue, Jul 28, 2009 : 8:40 p.m.

Actually if you sit in the student section at UofM football games you'll find that most of the students aren't from Michigan (out of state / out of country students) and are only there because it's "The Big House" and they're there to check it out. Most kids in that section aren't true fans of UofM, let alone sports in general. Sure, it's that way at any school, but I've been to almost all of the Big10 stadiums and have found michigan to be, by far, the worst. I also have a beef with how NICE they are to opposing fans, haha. Ohio State comes to town and they literally OWN UofM students. Maybe I'm wrong, but that's been my experience. I'm a die hard UofM fan and have been my whole life, just dissapointing to grow up and see the students.... They buy the tickets, but are they true UofM fans? Not if you ask me.