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Marijuana: CU-Boulder official says jump in admissions has nothing to do with weed

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Last week, Fox News shared a piece suggesting that a jump in admissions at colleges across Colorado may be related to the passage of Amendment 64, which legalized retail pot sales.

Of course, eighteen-year-old college freshmen couldn't take advantage of this law anyhow, since it only pertains to adults ages 21 and over. But even if this fact isn't widely understood, one University of Colorado official has a very different explanation for his school's admissions application jump -- and it has nothing to do with weed.

As we've reported, CU-Boulder has worked long and hard to downplay its reputation as a marijuana mecca, with a particular focus on a 4/20 celebration that had grown into one of the nation's largest.

Here's a photo from the 2011 event.

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After this bash, administrators looking to end the 4/20 commemoration once and for all took the extraordinary step of closing the campus to non-students on April 20, 2012. Here's a pic from that date:

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The closure took place on April 20, 2013, too, with a similar shutdown planned for this April 20, which happens to fall on Easter Sunday.

But even if no trees are burned when the clock strikes 4:20 p.m. that day at Norlin Quad, ground zero for previous 4/20 bashes, the legalization of recreational marijuana sales means national media outlets will continue linking the school, and others in Colorado, to marijuana use, as witnessed by the aforementioned Fox News report.

That's frustrating for CU admissions director Kevin MacLennan. His office has indeed seen a big increase in applications: 29 percent this year, he says. But he doesn't think marijuana had much, if anything, to do with it.

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Kevin MacLennan.
Instead, MacLennan believes the main reason for the rise is CU's new affiliation with CommonApp.org, the online home of the Common Application, which allows students to apply to multiple member schools using the same form.

The Common Application has been around for 35 years. For most of this span, MacLennan says, the majority of members were private institutions. But in recent years, more public universities have joined in, bringing the total number of colleges accessible via the website to around 500. This critical mass made engaging with CommonApp.org even more appealing, MacLennan acknowledges.

"We'd been looking at this possibility for three to four years," he notes. "And we thought the timing was right to make this move. We wanted to raise the academic profile of our applicant pool to see if it would give us a further reach. And the process is very convenient. Each school may have a slightly different supplement attached, where they ask specific questions for that institution. But when you fill out the Common Application, you can then submit it to any of the 500 school members" instead of completing one for each school.

Continue for more about CU, marijuana and the Common Application.



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s.summersday
s.summersday

I suggest drug prevention classes for all bvsd paid by cu and free mental health care for everyone under 18 and over 18 paid by cu boulder to help the long term residents of Boulder who pay taxes and work for a living not all are at (high) paying places. I am sure they are hoping their 21 year old buddies will get their dope for them. Lets see is that united or diversified enough and is it as green as riding the city bus and parking your priass in the college garage?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Of course, eighteen-year-old college freshmen couldn't take advantage of this law anyhow, since it only pertains to adults ages 21 and over. But even if this fact isn't widely understood, ...


... thanks to the LIES from the A64 pimps and the blind regurgitation of that false propaganda by Wasteweed and mendacious Michael Roberts.

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

it's true lol If I were the paying parents I might want to see where my kid applied

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Dean, De-nial is not a river in Egypt Your school ain't all that sir so yeah,,,,

James Herrick
James Herrick

Had to scroll back up and make sure that wasn't an Onion headline....

Tyler Jay Ashley
Tyler Jay Ashley

not every stoner is a educated stoner. CU is high class... You know, trust fund babies and yuppies.

Michelle Valdez Baros
Michelle Valdez Baros

Just like the jump on Colorado tourism has nothing to do with legal weed either.....hmmm imagine that.

CommonSense
CommonSense

No, it's because of their football team... which coincidentally, also gets smoked in bowls. 

s.summersday
s.summersday

If I were a longtime resident I would wonder how much the university if at all helps the young adolescent, public youth, or bvsd on drug prevention programs and mental health care also for adults just turning 18. After all and since they are so concerned about being diverse; maybe they can unite their compassion with the cost this will have in the long run on the tax paying families who live here.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what "jump" in tourism?

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