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Higher Education: Top 20 & Bottom 20 Colleges For Marijuana
By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~ in Culture
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm
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A mass exhale of marijuana smoke at the Unibversity of Colorado Boulder campus at 4:20 p.m., April 20, 2010. UC-Boulder came in fourth on the list.
California and Colorado dominated the The Princeton Review's Top 5 colleges for marijuana use this year, with two entries each.

In the rankings -- part of the Review's "The Best 376 Colleges" survey -- Colorado College in Colorado Springs ranked as the #1 pot-smoking school in the United States.

The small private school blazed past the competition in the annual rankings, which The Princeton Review released on Monday.

Colorado College has been a "usual suspect" on the marijuana list for the past few years, said Rob Franek, vice president and publisher of the Review.

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A comely reveler at the 4-20 celebration at University of California - Santa Cruz
​Franek said Colorado College, like others on the list, has strong academic standards, reports Brittany Anas of the Boulder Daily Camera.

The Princeton Review surveyed 122,000 students nationwide to come up with the rankings.

"We go directly to whom we think would be experts, and that's current college students," Franek said.'

University of Colorado-Boulder spokesman Bronson Hilliard was unimpressed with his school's #4 showing, saying the rankings are subjective and have no scientific backing.

"The media is way more interested in the rankings than we are," he sniffed.

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University of California at Santa Cruz, April 20, 2010
​Pacific Northwest favorite Evergreen College, long known as a countercultural haven, just missed the Top 11, coming in at number 11.

The Princeton Review , which is a college test prep company with no connection to Princeton University, released the Top 20 standings to garner publicity for its annual guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges: 2012 Edition, which went on sale Monday.

The lists, besides more academically oriented rankings, also include "party school" standings (Ohio University ranked #1) and one called "Got Milk? (beer usage reported low)." Other rankings include "Birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging, clove-smoking vegetarians," "class discussions encouraged," "great college towns" and "most politically active students."

As for the Bottom 20 Colleges when it comes to marijuana use, it's no surprise that schools associated with the U.S. military show up near the top of the list, along with places like Mormon stronghold Brigham Young University in Utah and the Catholic school Thomas Aquinas College in California.

Top 20 Colleges: How Widely Used Is Marijuana?

1. Colorado College, Colorado Springs

2. University of California - Santa Cruz

3. University of California - Santa Barbara

4. University of Colorado - Boulder

5. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

6. Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon

7. Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina

8. Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida

9. New College of Florida, Sarasota

10. University of Vermont, Burlington

11. The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

12. New York University, New York City

13. Reed College, Portland, Oregon

14. Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

15. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

16. Pitzer College, Claremont, California

17. Arizona State University, Tempe

18. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

19. Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York

20. Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa

Bottom 20 Colleges: How Widely Used Is Marijuana?

1. U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

2. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut

3. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, California

4. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

5. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri

6. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

7. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

8. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

9. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York

10. The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma

11. Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio

12. Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Michigan

13. Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska

14. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

15. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

16. Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

17. Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport

18. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

19. City University of New York - Baruch College, New York City

20. City University of New York - Queens College, Flushing, New York

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