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Druggiest Colleges in U.S.: Colorado, Denison, Dartmouth, Kenyon, More

The Daily Beast ranks the 30 druggiest colleges in America.

From study enhancers to bong rips, American colleges remain a hotbed for illegal drug experimentation. The Daily Beast finds the 30 institutions of higher learning where students experiment the most.

The college experience is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things. For some college students, that includes experimenting with drugs, from Adderall to acid to marijuana.

It’s no wonder, then, that the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy singled out university students as a group particularly prone to drug abuse in its latest strategy report.

“Reducing substance use behaviors among college students requires prevention strategies at the college or university as well as in the surrounding off-campus community,” according to the White House report.

With the seriousness of college substance abuse in mind, The Daily Beast crunched the numbers to find the 30 druggiest campuses in America for the second consecutive year. We took into account three data points. First we turned to College Prowler, the largest student-rating database, to find the institutions with the lowest “drug scene” grades. A low grade indicates that there is more peer pressure to use unprescribed medications and illegal drugs, and that illegal drugs are generally more noticeable. This year we considered only schools with a drug-safety grade of C+ or worse. The drug-safety grade accounted for 40 percent of the final ranking.

We then considered on-campus arrests for drug-law violations at each school, with 2010 data from the U.S. Department of Education also accounting for 40 percent of the final ranking. We calculated a drug-arrests-per-capita metric for each school, based on the Department of Education’s student-enrollment numbers.

For the final 20 percent of our ranking, we took into account each campus’s surrounding environment, using data on statewide illicit drug use for 18- to 25-year-olds from the 2008-2009 U.S. Department of Human Services National Survey on Drug Abuse.

A vibrant social atmosphere might make your alma mater one of The Daily Beast’s top party schools—and might also make it one of America’s 30 druggiest colleges.

30. State University of New York–New Paltz

New Paltz, N.Y.

Enrollment: 7,907

On-campus drug arrests: 47

Drug-safety grade: C+

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 26.01 percent

29. San Diego State University

San Diego, Calif.

Enrollment: 32,817

On-campus drug arrests: 71

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 21.79 percent

28. Miami University of Ohio

Oxford, Ohio

Enrollment: 16,884

On-campus drug arrests: 55

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 19.91 percent

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27. Ithaca College

Ithaca, N.Y.

Enrollment: 6,894

On-campus drug arrests: 13

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 26.01 percent

26. University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif.

Enrollment: 22,850

On-campus drug arrests: 54

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 21.79 percent

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25. State University of New York–Oneonta

Oneonta, N.Y.

Enrollment: 5,893

On-campus drug arrests: 56

Drug-safety grade: C+

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 26.01 percent

24. Tulane University

New Orleans, La.

Enrollment: 11,464

On-campus drug arrests: 20

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 18.86 percent

23. State University of New York–Oswego

Oswego, N.Y.

Enrollment: 8,119

On-campus drug arrests: 108

Drug-safety grade: C+

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 26.01 percent

22. Southern Methodist University

Dallas, Texas

Enrollment: 10,891

On-campus drug arrests: 28

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 16.97 percent

21. Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Enrollment: 2,727

On-campus drug arrests: 1

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 26.01 percent

20. University of Montana

Missoula, Mont.

Enrollment: 14,921

On-campus drug arrests: 43

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 24.52 percent

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19. University of New Hampshire

Durham, N.H.

Enrollment: 15,253

On-campus drug arrests: 129

Drug-safety grade: C+

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 30.32 percent

18. Penn State University–Erie

Erie, Pa.

Enrollment: 4,400

On-campus drug arrests: 2

Drug-safety grade: D+

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 18.03 percent

17. Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pa.

Enrollment: 2,376

On-campus drug arrests: 7

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 18.03 percent

16. University of Rhode Island

Kingston, R.I.

Enrollment: 16,389

On-campus drug arrests: 7

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 30.09 percent

15. Trinity College

Hartford, Conn.

Enrollment: 2,438

On-campus drug arrests: 8

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 24.91 percent

14. Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Enrollment: 1,688

On-campus drug arrests: 7

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 13.21 percent

13. Rowan University

Glassboro, N.J.

Enrollment: 11,006

On-campus drug arrests: 16

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 20.48 percent

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12. Eckerd College

St. Petersburg, Fla.

Enrollment: 2,520

On-campus drug arrests: 8

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 18.17 percent

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11. Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio

Enrollment: 1,893

On-campus drug arrests: 20

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 19.91 percent

10. State University of New York–Fredonia

Fredonia, N.Y.

Enrollment: 5,774

On-campus drug arrests: 24

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 26.01 percent

9. Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Enrollment: 1,738

On-campus drug arrests: 2

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 28.63 percent

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8. State University of New York–Purchase

Purchase, N.Y.

Enrollment: 4,192

On-campus drug arrests: 25

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 26.01 percent

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7. University of Oregon

Eugene, Ore.

Enrollment: 22,335

On-campus drug arrests: 128

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 27.85 percent

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6. Illinois State University

Normal, Ill.

Enrollment: 21,184

On-campus drug arrests: 146

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 18.94 percent

5. Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

Enrollment: 1,633

On-campus drug arrests: 8

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 19.91 percent

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4. Bryant University

Smithfield, R.I.

Enrollment: 3,632

On-campus drug arrests: 34

Drug-safety grade: C

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 30.09 percent

3. Dartmouth College

Hanover, N.H.

Enrollment: 5,987

On-campus drug arrests: 12

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 30.32 percent

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2. Denison University

Granville, Ohio

Enrollment: 2,267

On-campus drug arrests: 14

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 19.91 percent

Ed Andrieski / AP Photo

1. University of Colorado–Boulder

Boulder, Colo.

Enrollment: 33,010

On-campus drug arrests: 801

Drug-safety grade: C-

Regular drug use, age 18-25, statewide: 27.29 percent