NEW YORK — College life is known for dorm food, cheap beer and all-nighters pulled off by a strong pot of coffee. While this stereotypical lifestyle holds true at some schools, others are opting for healthier habits.
Brigham Young University, the University of Southern California at Santa Barbara and Boston University took the top spots on Men's Fitness' Fittest Colleges list. On the magazine's Fattest Colleges list, the South didn't fare well with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the University of New Orleans and Mississippi State University coming in at number one, two and three, respectively.
The magazine partnered with the Princeton Review to survey nearly 10,000 students from more than 660 of the nation's top colleges and universities, asking them 18 questions grouped into five categories: student bodies (sex, height, weight and total weight gained or lost since beginning college), exercise, bad habits (fast food, alcohol, smoking, sedentary activities), other lifestyle choices (supplements, sleep, whether student's significant others help or hinder their fitness goals) and the campus culture of fitness (a school's physical-fitness requirements or recommendations and student impressions).
Top 5 Fittest Colleges
- Brigham Young University
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- Boston University
- University of Vermont
- Northwestern University
Top 5 Fattest Colleges
- University of Louisiana, Lafayette
- University of New Orleans
- Mississippi State University
- Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
- Portland State University