Druggiest Colleges

In the toughest college admission season on record, acceptance rates plummeted at many schools, including the Ivy League. Kristina Dell explores some of the arbitrary and whimsical reasons that applicants were rejected.

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1. University of New Hampshire

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used illicit drugs in past month: 29.21
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used marijuana in past year: 41.54
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used cocaine in past year: 7.23
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 106
Student population: 15,253

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2. Bryant University

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 33.05
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 44.05
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 10.12
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 21
Student population: 3,632

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3. University of Maine

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 24.54
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 36.36
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 7.84
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 67
Student population: 11,894

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4. SUNY Purchase

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 23.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 32.31
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.46
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 22
Student population: 4,192

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5. University Colorado Boulder

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 26.83
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 35.52
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 10.44
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 137
Student population: 33,010

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6. SUNY Oneonta

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 23.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 32.31
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.46
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 38
Student population: 5,893

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7. California State University Monterey Bay

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.78
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 29.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.12
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 51
Student population: 4,688

8. West Virginia University

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 17.34
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 24.01
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 7.85
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 223
Student population: 28,898

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9. Williams College

Drug use grade: A-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 24.41
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 35.72
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.36
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 41
Student population: 2,141

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10. Ohio Wesleyan University

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 19.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 28.74
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.83 2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 13
Student population: 1,893

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11. University of Oregon

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 26.04
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 36.96
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 8.84
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 89
Student population: 22,335

12. Appalachian State University

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used illicit drugs in past month: 19.49
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used marijuana in past year: 27.17
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used cocaine in past year: 6.07
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 151
Student population: 16,968

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13. Northern Arizona University

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.35
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 27.87
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 8.04
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 119
Student population: 23,597

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14. Kent State University

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 19.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 28.74
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.83 2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 105
Student population: 25,127

15. Indiana University

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.75
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 27.31
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.39
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 198
Student population: 42,347

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16. University of Vermont

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 30.77
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 44.24
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 10.5
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 43
Student population: 13,391

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17. Washington State University

Drug use grade: B-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.46
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 30.75
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.72
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 122
Student population: 26,101

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18. Miami University

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 19.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 28.74
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.83
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 60
Student population: 16,884

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19. Florida State University

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 18.86
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 26.06
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.56
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 137
Student population: 39,785

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20. Rollins College

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 18.86
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 26.06
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.56
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 11
Student population: 3,294

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21. University of Wisconsin, Stout

Drug use grade: B-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 21.54
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 31.04
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 7.52
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 45
Student population: 9,017

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22. Illinois State University

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 17.71
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 26.05
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.11
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 96
Student population: 21,184

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23. Northeastern University

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used illicit drugs in past month: 24.41
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used marijuana in past year: 35.72
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used cocaine in past year: 6.36
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 75
Student Population: 27,537 9,239

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24. Oregon State University

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 26.04
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 36.96
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 8.84
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 71
Student population: 21,950

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25. University of California, Santa Barbara

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.78
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 29.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.12
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 74
Student population: 22,850

26. Penn State

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 17.61
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 24.82
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.47
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 177
Student population: 45,185

27. Vanderbilt University

Drug use grade: B-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: Percentage of 18-25s
statewide using drugs regularly: 20.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 26.14
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.76
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 42
Student population: 12,506

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28. Ithaca College

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 23.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 32.31
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.46
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 19
Student population: 6,894

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29. Centenary College of Louisiana

Drug use grade: B
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 17.17
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 22.74
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.07
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 6
Student population: 974

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30. Connecticut College

Drug use grade: B-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 22.41
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 34.61
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.46
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 6
Student population: 1,911

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31. Middle Tennessee State University

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 26.14
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.76
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 80
Student population: 25,188

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32. Gettysburg College

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 17.61
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 24.82
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.47
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 10
Student population: 2,547

33. San Diego State University

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.78
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 29.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.12
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 103
Student population: 32,817

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34. Texas State University, San Marcos

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 14.88
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 20.13
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.08
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 144
Student population: 30,803

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35. Lawrence University

Drug use grade: B
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 21.54
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 31.04
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 7.52
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 5
Student population: 1,483

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36. University of Arkansas

Drug use grade: B-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.21
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 27.49
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.45
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 65
Student population: 19,849

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37. Denison University

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 19.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 28.74
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.83
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 7
Student population: 2,267

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38. Chapman University

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.78
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 29.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.12
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 20
Student population: 6,398

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39. University of Missouri

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 18.7
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 25.45
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.93 2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 104
Student population: 31,237

40. University of Illinois

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 17.71
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 26.05
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.11
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 133
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 26
Student population: 43,881

41. University of California, Irvine

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.78
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 29.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.12
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 75
Student population: 27,142

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42. Eckerd College

Drug use grade: D+

Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 18.86
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 26.06
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.56
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 6
Student population: 2,520

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43. University of Massachusetts

Drug use grade: C-
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 24.41
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 35.72
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.36
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 56
Student population: 27,016

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44. Marquette University

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 21.54
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 31.04
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 7.52
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 34
Student population: 11,689

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45. University of North Carolina Greensboro

Drug use grade: B
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 19.49
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 27.17
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.07
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 71
Student population: 21,306

46. University of California, Berkeley

Drug use grade: C+
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 20.78
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 29.33
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.12
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 103
Student population: 35,830

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47. Ohio University

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 19.62
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 28.74
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 5.83
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 56
Student population: 22,647

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48. Hampshire College

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 24.41
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 35.72
Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 6.36
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 3
Student population: 1,463

49. University of Texas at San Antonio

Drug use grade: B
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used illicit drugs in past month: 14.88
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used marijuana in past year: 20.13
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used cocaine in past year: 5.08
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 114
Student population: 28,955

50. Arizona State University

Drug use grade: C
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used illicit drugs in past month: 20.35
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used marijuana in past year: 27.87
Percentage of 18-25 year olds used cocaine in past year: 8.04
2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 162
Student population: 68,064