August 1, 2011
This is one ranking Colorado College may not be excited about.
The latest Princeton Review survey ranks CC No. 1 and the University of Colorado-Boulder No. 4 for widespread use of marijuana on its "Reefer Madness" list.
The review is part of the 2012 edition of "The Best 376 Colleges," which includes more than 60 rankings in categories such as best professors (Wellesley College in Massachusetts), most beautiful campus (Florida Southern College) best campus food (Wheaton College in Illinois) and highest financial aid satisfaction (Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania).
CC was also No. 5 on the "Birkenstock-Wearing, Tree-Hugging, Clove-Smoking Vegetarians" list and No. 9 on the "Class Discussions Encouraged" list.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Air Force Academy was ranked No. 1 on the "Don't Inhale" list (opposite of "Reefer Madness").
AFA was also No 5 on the "Scotch and Soda, Hold the Scotch" list, No. 13 on the "Stone Cold Sober Schools" list, and No. 7 on the "Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution" list.
Ohio University, set in an Appalachian town known for its rowdy Halloween bashes, has been named the nation's No. 1 party school, pushing the University of Georgia down a slot in the 2011 Princeton Review survey released Monday.
Ohio was No. 2 in last year's survey of students nationwide. The campus in Athens, about 65 miles southeast of Columbus, has made the party school list 12 times since 1997, but has never before reached the top.
Rounding out the top five this year were No. 3 University of Mississippi, No. 4 University of Iowa and No. 5 University of California Santa Barbara.
Besides the party list, Ohio also lands in the top 20 in several other Princeton Review categories this year, including lots of beer and lots of hard liquor, as well as best athletic facilities, most beautiful campus and major fraternity and sorority scene.
The guide's rankings are based on email surveys voluntarily filled out by 122,000 students at more than 370 colleges across the country. On average, about 325 students from each campus respond, and university administrators often call the rankings unscientific and say they glorify dangerous behavior.
The Princeton Review, not affiliated with Princeton University, is a Massachusetts-based company known for its test preparation courses educational services and books.
It has put out its best colleges guide since 1992.