Schools With the Most Potheads

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Trying pot in college seems to have become as much an American cliche as pulling an all-nighter or doing a keg stand. The recreational use of marijuana is now legal 10 U.S. states, including:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington, DC

Interestingly enough, there is a correlation between the states where the recreational use of marijuana is legal and the schools with the most potheads. Vermont, California, and Colorado are on the list, as well as several states who are not, such as Rhode Island, New York, North Carolina, and Massachusetts.

Many of the schools on the list are located in small towns and have fewer students enrolled compared to other colleges and universities. In fact, the University of Vermont, which tops this list, has a student population of 13,105. Bard College, which places second on the list, is even smaller with only 2,304 students enrolled.

Big schools are not excluded from the list, however, as the University of Colorado–Boulder (29,091 students) and the University of California–Santa Cruz (18,783) place 16th and 17th, respectively. The Schools With the Most Potheads list below is expected to change dramatically over the next few years as more states continue to legalize the medical and recreational use of marijuana.

Schools with the Most Potheads

*Ranked 2018

  1. University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
  2. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  3. Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
  4. Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
  5. Reed College, Portland, OR
  6. Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
  7. Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT
  8. University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  9. Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
  10. Bennington College, Bennington, VT
  11. Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
  12. University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI
  13. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
  14. Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
  15. Champlain College, Burlington, VT
  16. University of Colorado–Boulder, Boulder, CO
  17. University of California, Santa Cruz, CA
  18. Emerson College, Boston, MA
  19. Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
  20. State University of New York–Purchase College, Purchase, NY


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