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The Daily Beast names UNH America’s “druggiest college”

Executive Editor

Published: Monday, December 13, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 15:02 has ranked the University of New Hampshire first on its list of America's "50 Druggiest Colleges." The list was released Monday.

New England universities took the top four places. UNH was followed by Northeastern University, Bryant University, and the University of Maine. The University of Vermont was ranked 18th.

The site used "drug scene" grades from College Prowler, a student review database, along with data on illicit drug, marijuana, and cocaine use by state for 18-25 year olds and U.S. Department of Education data for the number of on-campus arrests for 2009 for drug-law violations for each school.

According to the website: "The College Prowler grades were assigned a numerical value according to the letter grade assigned, which was weighted one-third of each school's final score; the arrests-per-capita rank and drug use ranks were also ranked one-third of the final rank."

UNH spokeswoman Erika Mantz told the Boston Herald: "This does not accurately reflect the campus environment at the University of New Hampshire. It is not clear how this unscientific ranking was determined."

The data given for UNH is below:

Drug use grade: C-

Percentage of 18-25s statewide using drugs regularly: 29.21

Percentage of 18-25s statewide using marijuana regularly: 41.54

Percentage of 18-25s statewide using cocaine regularly: 7.23

2009 on-campus arrests for drug law violations: 106

Student population: 15,253

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Thu Dec 23 2010 16:55
We are probably ranked number one because of fraternity incidents in recent years involving drug busts, not to mention on New Hampshire ranks number 3 for illicit drug use, something I wasn't aware of before, but am not in the least bit surprised at. UNH should just take this as a grain of salt, stop worrying so much about their precious "image" to the rest of the nation, and focus on what college does best: helping students achieve their goals, succeed in academics, and continue to develop positive activities for their students to stay away from drugs.
Tue Dec 21 2010 14:41
All it proves is that UNH conducts more ARRESTS. Basically we just have less tolerant (read: less common sense based) authorities than other Universities... which is equally unhealthy.
Sat Dec 18 2010 05:35
Let's face it: the Greek and Varsity rows around certain parts of campus do often smell worse than San Francisco Giants stadium at playoffs. But overall I'd say that UNH is on par with other red neck college towns on either coast. Next time when a self-assessing questionnaire from any Beast (or poll org.) reaches you, please lie like a good knucklehead. Our reputation is a nationally ranked Party School and the weed stash should not be advertised as much. Happy detox.
Fri Dec 17 2010 09:40
Wow.. this on top of unionize college professors.. makes me feel real good about my alma matter! (NOT!)
Fri Dec 17 2010 09:21
What garbage. I hope UNH will give serious consideration to filing a defamation suit against Daily Beast. This study is completely lacking in scientific credibility, yet it can and will have a negative impact on UNH's academic reputation. I have seen headlines related to this "study" all over the front pages of Boston newspapers. Unacceptable.
Thu Dec 16 2010 03:01
The Daily Beast's Report is complete garbage.
Wed Dec 15 2010 22:14
Yay! UNH number 1!!!
Wed Dec 15 2010 17:23
The Daily who? I'm sorry but this ranking sounds about as accurate as a blog post.
Wed Dec 15 2010 08:34
unh has a zero drug policy you get caught you get arrested not just a warning and a slap on the wrist this is incorrect data when Colorado has 30000 students and under 200 arrests for a year what bull
Tue Dec 14 2010 22:05
Go UNH, the higher the drug use the higher the academia!
Full support regardless of false data :)
Go Wildcats!

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