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NEW: 2 RI Colleges Named “America’s Druggiest”

Thursday, December 01, 2011


Whether alcohol, pot, or both, 2 RI colleges snag a dubious distinction

Two Rhode Island colleges have made a rather notorious new ranking just released by The Daily Beast. The list? America's Druggiest Colleges.

The "honored" campuses: Bryant University and the University of Rhode Island. This is URI's first year on the list, but Bryant's second appearance in a row… in the top five. The druggiest college? University of Colorado-Boulder, followed by Denison University in Ohio (#2), and Dartmouth College (#3).

How they were ranked

The Daily Beast used three data points to assess a school's drugginess: "drug scene" grades as reported on College Prowler, on-campus arrests for drug-law violations, and data on statewide illicit drug use for 18-25-year-olds.

Bryant: #4 Druggiest College

That news cannot be welcome by parents of Bryant's 3,632 students, but perhaps they can take some comfort in the fact that the business-oriented university in Smithfield has moved down in the rankings from its #2 spot last year. Daily Beast cites 34 on-campus drug arrests, a C drug-safety grade on College Prowler, and the startling fact that 30.09% of the 18-25 population of RI uses drugs regularly.

"Most Bryant students have a work hard, party hard mentality," according to College Prowler's assessment, "and partying for most students involves plenty of alcohol." Weeknight drinking is popular, says College Prowler, from Tuesday senior nights at 'Rentes (Parentes), to "Wasted Wednesdays," to the most popular weeknight: "Thirsty Thursdays." Marijuana takes second to alcohol at Bryant, as "the majority of the student body sticks to alcohol as their drug of choice."

URI: #16 Druggiest College

Appearing for the first time on the list, URI lays claim to 7 on-campus drug arrests and a drug safety grade of C-. The statewide drug-friendly environment is the same as Bryant's. "Drugs can be found very easily on and off campus," according to URI's write-up on College Prowler. "URI students like to party very hard, and substance abuse is bound to happen." Further, the anonymous student author on CP points out that URI has had to bear the nickname "UR-High," and that marijuana is the drug that most are willing to admit they use and/or come in contact with.

For the entire list, go here.

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