Published: Aug 02, 2010 7:18 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 02, 2010 4:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) - The University of Georgia won a national title this year - top party school.

The Princeton Review announced Monday that Georgia is the No. 1 party school on its now infamous annual ranking. The school of about 30,000 students has been on the list 10 times since the ranking was created in 1992, but this is the first time the university has taken the top spot.

For the campus - surrounded by nearly 100 bars in tiny downtown Athens - parties are just part of life from August to May each year. Many students gear up for the weekend on Thursdays and sometimes don't rest until Monday morning.

 "That's what people look forward to starting Thursday - Thursday night is the new Friday night," said junior Andrew Chappell, 20. "The party atmosphere is such a big part of Georgia."

University of Georgia spokesman Tom Jackson said the list is not one the school wants to lead. He said he'd rather emphasize that the school made Princeton Review's top 50 "Best Values" list or the "Green Honor Roll" of the most environmentally conscious campuses.

Georgia beat out Pennsylvania State University, West Virginia University and University of Florida - which were the top party schools over the last three years. Those three made the top 10 this year, while Ohio University ranked second.

The ranking comes after several years of work by University of Georgia administrators to curb drinking on campus and tone down the party atmosphere.