CU-Boulder third best party school, says Newsweek -- based on arrests?

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CU-Boulder has spent a lot of time and effort trying to ditch its party-school reputation -- by, for example, cracking down on the annual 4/20 celebration this year. Nonetheless, Newsweek has just placed the university third on its new party-school list, using unusual criteria: the number of arrests and disciplinary actions for alcohol and drugs.

Here's the CU-Boulder entry, which is behind only West Virginia and Penn State:

Undergraduate Enrollment: 26,530 On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Drugs: 1,404 On-campus Disciplinary Actions, Alcohol: 1,870 On-campus Arrests, Drugs: 351 On-campus Arrests, Alcohol: 710 Princeton Review Party School Rank: n/a Princeton Review Beer Drinking Rank: n/a

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A photo from Playboy's 2011 top party school post.
Of course, a high number of disciplinary actions and busts might also imply that CU-Boulder is better at catching party monsters than are other institutions, as CU Police spokesman Ryan Huff implies in a quote to the Boulder Daily Camera. "The parties must not be that great if we're writing a bunch of tickets," he told the paper.

Whatever the case, taking the bronze probably comes as some relief to administrators given CU-Boulder's ranking as Playboy's number one party school last year. Here's the Playboy blurb:

CU-Boulder is home to reefer madness. Not only does Boulder have 50 medical-marijuana dispensaries within its city limits, but every April nearly half the university's 24,000-plus undergrads turn out for the annual 4/20 smoke-out on school grounds. Boulder is also a beer drinker's paradise, with four breweries in town. "There are a lot of distractions from school -- snowboarding, mountain biking, super hot girls," says one alum. Literally dozens of world-class ski resorts are a drive away. You know Boulder is a party school because whenever you tell someone that you went there, the first thing they ask is, "Did you graduate?"

As you'll see in the Newsweek/Daily Beast video below, CU-Boulder didn't turn up in several other listed categories that might have seemed like perfect fits, including most beautiful campus and most liberal college. Maybe it's not the finishing school for the People's Republic after all.

More from our Lists & Weirdness archive: "Photos: Top five CU Boulder crackdowns before 4/20 visitor ban."

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RobertChase topcommenter

Too bad for the University that Benson, DiStefano, and its circus of an administration succeeds only in damaging the school's academic reputation, demonstrating a contempt for free speech, and achieving only third-rate party-school status -- better crank up the alchol-peddling to students!

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Wow ... livefyre is really malfunctioning today ...

Brittany Anne
Brittany Anne

i wonder how cu would have ranked without the 4/20 shut down on students

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

CU can't do anything right ...

Megan Jean Frewaldt
Megan Jean Frewaldt

Why would any institution of higher education desire to receive such an insulting rating? The number of disciplinary actions, arrests, and sexual assaults is disheartening.

Craig Hammersmith
Craig Hammersmith

Everybody already knows CU is one of the major party schools, Bruce Benson be damned. Basing the analysis on arrests seems a little odd. The less you're detained, the more you can party.

JRush Vertigo
JRush Vertigo

cu is slippin... i remember when they were #1...

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