SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — According to a report from The Princeton Review, the University of Rhode Island is among the top colleges when it comes to the amount of marijuana being smoked.
The report ranks schools from the current edition of The Best 385 Colleges, published this month. A total of 140,000 students from the schools were given a survey of 80 questions. The questions were broken down into four categories about their school’s academics/administration, life at their college, their fellow students, and themselves.
A total of 62 specific categories were compiled from the survey, ranking the top 20 schools in each. One category, called “Reefer Madness,” was based on the question “How widely is marijuana used at your school?” and asked the students to rank on a five-point scale.
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URI came in third in that category. The University of Vermont was ranked first followed by Pitzer College in Claremont, California.
The university released the following statement to Eyewitness News in response to the ranking:
“We acknowledge that substance use and abuse are problems at colleges and universities across the country, and URI is not immune. But, from our new student orientation programs through graduation, we take every opportunity to remind our students, that use, possession and distribution of marijuana are violations of state and federal law and University policy.
“While we know that the Princeton Review survey is not statistically valid, the University will continue to educate our students so they make the best decisions for their well being and success.”
Of the schools on the list, six are in New England and seven are in New York. Other notable schools include the University of Maine at #7, Ithaca College at #17 and Syracuse University at #19.