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

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

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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