Each year, Princeton Review releases a publication called "331 Best Colleges," which ranks colleges nationwide in nine main categories.
The 2001 edition, which was released Monday, indicates that Louisiana State University -- ranked first in the party school category last year -- has passed the torch to UT.
But the award is a dubious honor at best for the administration and the university's reputation, said UT spokesman Bill Dockery, adding that administrators are not taking the report seriously.
"We don't see (the ranking) as a valid measure of our campus," he said.
Dockery said administrators would not make additional efforts to crack down on underage drinking to eliminate the schools' new party image.
"The party school status will change," Dockery said. "But our commitments to academics and our commitments to our goals will not change."
Dockery said it was important to note that UT is not only the flagship university but the oldest public university in Tennessee and has strong agricultural and accounting departments.
But officials at Princeton Review say the study is a valid measure of all of a campus' qualities because it encompasses a wide variety of social and academic facets of student life.
Though Dockery admits that UT students do party, he said the party atmosphere is not considerably greater than at other universities.