Top 5 Biggest College Parties


If you didn’t party during college, then you missed out big time!

One of the perks of studying in a college and living in a dorm is being independent and doing crazy things that will make your grandmother whip out her rosary.

It’s not even about getting wasted, but meeting new people, learning your liquor limitations, and finally finding out which drinks work for you.

If there’s one thing college students are unanimously known for – it’s throwing the most absurd and outrageous parties around the block.

Below are the top 5 biggest college parties attended by an astounding number of party-goers.

Iowa State University – VEISHEA

Number of party-goers: 75,000

Held in: April or May


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This is a crazy-long party held for a week! The festival name actually represents: Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Science, Home Economics, and Agriculture.

The celebration isn’t just a drinking party. It actually opens with parades and open house demonstrations by the university’s departments.

Famous people have attended the party as visitors and speakers: Ronald Reagan, Diana Ross, The Black-Eyed Peas, and Goo Goo Dolls, among others.

The event started in the early 1900s when each department or school from then Iowa State College celebrated their history and showed demonstrations to invite prospective students.

Instead of the departments hosting their events separately, during different times of the year, the administration decided to lump them all for one week’s worth of parties.

In 2014, though, the college administration has decided to end VEISHEA, which has been going on for more than 90 years now, because of the riots that have marred the celebration. (watch video below)

Many students are thinking of replacing the party with something else, but so far only frat parties have taken the center stage.

Indiana University – Little 500

Number of party-goers: 40,000

Held on: 3rd week of April


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Unlike other parties for mere drinking celebrations, the Little 500 (or sometimes “Little Five”) is a bicycle race started in 1951, modeled after Indianapolis 500.

There are 33 teams in the competition, and the funds raised by the event will go to scholarships for students studying at IU.(video below)

Aside from the bicycle race, there are running relay events, and alumni races. Lance Armstrong, one of the country’s famous road racing cyclists, called the event one of the best he ever attended. Even Barack Obama had dropped by to witness the celebrations.

Also, there are foam parties and slip n’ slides. Not to mention concerts and performances with booze!

University of Wisconsin– Mifflin Street Block Party

Number of party-goers: 20,000

Held on: first Saturday of May


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The party is done every year on Mifflin Street in Madison, Wisconsin. With 20,000 participants, it’s one of the biggest celebrations by college students (and visitors) in Madison (the other being a Halloween party).

The Mifflin Street Block Party is not an official party. In fact, the college has been trying, unsuccessfully, to stop it. Although the craziness has been scaled down, the party still goes on.

It started as a street protest in 1969, and for many years, the street party was used to raise funds for political parties.

It then became a regular alcohol-fueled event, with so many students dancing, watching musical performances, and drinking liquor.(watch video below)

University of California, Santa Barbara – Deltopia

Number of party-goers: 18,000

Held in: April


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It was first known as “Floatopia” when it started in 2003. Unlike some of the parties on this list, Deltopia was not started by the administration, but by the students to simply have a good time.

The party’s main event revolves around floating on rafts and other devices on the beach.

Santa Barbara residents and visitors flock to this party held at the beginning of the spring quarter.

The change of the name came from when authorities barred alcohol and Floatopia 2. The party-goers staged a protest on Del Playa street (hence, Deltopia since the demonstrations and subsequent parties were being held on Del Playa).

Deltopia has been going on for some years now, although UCSB and town authorities have placed restrictions when it comes to using the beach (again, no alcohol). Party-goers are instead invited to house parties after going to the beach.

This year, UCSB hosted “The Warmup” within the campus, which featured film screenings and roller skating. With these events, though, no wonder students are still longing for the original Floatopia/Deltopia parties.

Cornell University – Slope Day

Number of party-goers: 12,000

Held on: last day of school


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Who says Ivy League schools don’t know how to have fun? Cornell University’s Slope Day has been around for over a century.

It began in 1901 as a Spring Day event to celebrate the end of winter. There were variety shows, festivals, circus, and even mock bull fighting. Greek houses also created floats for the parade.

Soon, there were barbeque events and live music, usually on the college’s Libe Slope grounds. It was then known was Spring Feast, and performers were invited to the event.

When many students became sick after alcohol consumption, the university decided to withdraw support for the celebration, and “Slope Day” became an unofficial student event.

To curtail riots and mishaps, the school formed a committee that would ensure a largely positive and safe experience for students participating in Slope Day.

Then, in the early 2000s, the college president formed a committee of faculty, staff, and students about continuing Slope Day, but making it safer.

The event continues to this day, and many musical performances and concerts by artists like Kanye West, Pussycat Dolls, Nelly, and Ludacris, among others.

The party was better controlled, with food and drinks supplied by Cornell Dining. Raffle draws and carnival games also make the parties memorable every year.

Rob Clark admin staff managing editor

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