The 48 Coolest Colleges

SSDP has published a chart that grades colleges with the best and worst drug policies. Forty-eight schools on the list receive an A for "positive policy aspects," such as "clearly defined sanctions for specific violations, sanctions focusing on treatment and education, and medical amnesty or Good Samaritan policies." Among the negative factors are "zero tolerance policies, sanctions focusing on punishment and reliance on referrals to law enforcement.

Here are the colleges that receive an A grade:


American University, Washington, D.C.
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Bucknell College, Lewisburg, PA
Centre College, Danville, KY
Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Drew University, Madison, NJ
Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA
Furman University, Greenville, SC
Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN
New York University, New York, NY
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Pomona College, Claremont, CA
Providence College, Providence, RI
Reed College, Portland, OR
Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Ripon College, Ripon, WI
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX
St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Marys City, MD
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
University of Scranton, Scranton, PA
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, NC
Washington College, Chestertown, MD
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT
Whittier College, Whittier, CA
Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC
Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Fourteen colleges receive F grades:

Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH
College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO
Erskine College, Due West, SC
Fisk University, Nashville, TN
Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA
U.S. Air Force Academy, Air Force Academy, CO
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Great Neck, NY
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA
Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.