Ranking The 30 Best Stoner Colleges In America

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Before we begin down the road of ranking prestigious educational institutions of higher learning in America, we wanted to define what a stoner college was before assuming you already knew that.

A stoner college, for the matter of our rankings, is any college in America that gives you the chance at a four year college degree in various different fields of study and a place where a large number of students like to partake in one of the most relaxing forms of partying, smoking pot. (So you are about to see a good number of schools from Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.)

A typical high school senior spends their last year of high school planning on what they are going to do with their lives. Some graduate early to start working to support their families while a majority of young adults spend a long time figuring out which college they are going to attend.

Our rankings are fun and should not effect your decision making process for college in any way, shape, or form. This is a ranking for those currently in college that might see their school, or one nearby, mentioned. It is also for the people that graduated or just like to have fun. (Just because you don’t attend any of these schools doesn’t mean you can’t party it up on campus, trust us, you can!)

So without getting into the weeds, literally, and boring you with the details behind our rankings, how about we just let you get started by checking out our first selection.

30. Brown University (Providence, RI)

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Have you ever heard anyone say harm-reduction model when discussing drug or alcohol use? It means that instead of preventing people from using drugs, it lessens the potential harms of using that drug and this model is in Brown’s school policy. In other words, students at Brown experiment a lot with marijuana.

29. Tulane University (New Orleans, LA)


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New Orleans isn’t just a town for drinking alcohol, many locals spend time enjoying the higher things in life. LSU might be a bigger campus with more students but that’s a party school where everyone drinks more than they smoke. At Tulane, everyone smokes more than they drink.

28. University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA)

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Boston is known for several things but the most important to you is UMass Amherst. It is a party school all the way so if drugs aren’t your thing, no worries. The alcohol is flowing like the salmon of Capistrano. It wasn’t easy ranking them here because everyone is smoking pot but no one remembers.

27. University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV)

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About two years ago, Sue Sisley was fired at the University of Arizona and hired to conduct research on Medical Marijuana’s effect on soldiers dealing with PTSD. Her groundbreaking research is just one of the many highly touted researchers involved in such a study with UNLV.

26. Washington State University (Pullman, WA)

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With pot becoming a legal recreational drug in the state of Washington, the rules have changed for students outside the school. But if you are living on campus or if you are on campus for any reasons, you are still prohibited for drug use because the school does not want to lose out on their federal financial aid funding, among many other federally funded grants that require the school to remain drug-free. The more the man says no, the more people tend to do the opposite. This campus doesn’t rank much higher but it is slowly climbing.

25. San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)

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Every student at any college will tell you that marijuana is prevalent on campus. The point of this story is to find the schools that have the highest number of students and faculty using pot, not just that the school uses it. San Diego State is such a fun school in SoCal that one of their professors decided to open up his own medical marijuana shop in 2014.

24. Colgate University (Hamilton, NY)

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Like the toothpaste? Wait, did we say toothpaste? That’s a weird word to say, Colgate. Um, oh hi. Sorry about that, we might be doing a little too much hands-on research on this list. Why couldn’t they tell me to research Olivia Wilde’s body? (Note: I would gladly conduct a study on it if anyone out there needs this to be done.)

23. Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, NY)

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Do not forget the main reason we are making this list for you today, so you may make the right decisions in life. That being said, Sarah Lawrence College is a great choice for the Bro’s out there for two reasons; the women are underrated and are stacked while the pot is flowing through the school like alcohol in Mississippi during prohibition.

22. Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, New York)

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It is hard to find a school like Bard College, a private Liberal Arts college, that isn’t considered for a list about biggest stoner colleges in America. The students are there to open up and free their minds to come up with creative and amazing ideas. If the Eagles could go on a nature quest and come back with an amazing album cover in the process, then Bard College deserves a spot on the list.

21. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC)

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If you are still confused on what we just said about Bard College, know this about Warren Wilson College, James Franco went to Warren Wilson College. If you don’t think weed is big on campus, you must not have seen Pineapple Express.

20. University of California – Berkley (Berkley, CA)

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There is no reason you shouldn’t take a tour of the colleges in California, especially the ones like UC Berkley where the women are running wild and the pot is shipped in gold UPS bags.

19. Reed College (Portland, OR)


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If you haven’t heard, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Oregon. Reed College was already making these lists for many years before it was legalized so imagine what it is like to go to Reed College now?

18. Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO)

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As we just said, recreational use of marijuana is legal in Oregon, it is also legal in Colorado. That doesn’t mean it is legal on campus but all you have to do is step off campus and you are good to go. Is that why the football team is doing better since 2014?

17. Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA)

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Credit: Smith Collection/Gado VIA Getty ImagesHumboldt State? Is there a state in America called Humboldt or did we miss something? Were the Universities creators high when they named it? What is going on right now?16. West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)Credit: Collegiate Images/Getty

What else are they supposed to do in the hills of West Virginia besides getting stoned out of their minds between classes?

15. University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

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There isn’t a better state or college to party like a rockstar than the University of Oregon. The mascot is a duck that can move like Jagger and has become the school’s biggest promoter since the late 90’s. How could you not be high when you think up an idea that includes blatantly stealing Disney’s Donald Duck and turning him into an Oregon Duck?

14. New College of Florida (Sarasota, FL)

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The reason they put the word New at the front of the name of the school is because this is a school made specifically for millennials although it has been around since the 50’s. This school is a public liberal arts college in Florida, there are literally no rules once you set foot on campus and that includes going to class, studying, and taking exams. This school is more laid back and stoned than Matthew McConaughey in Jamaica.

13. University of Illinois (Urbana & Champaign, IL)

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The President of the United States, Barrack Obama, hails from Chicago where several miles South there is a college by the name of University of Illinois. You might have heard of it, right? This is one of the biggest schools on the list so the number of students smoking pot and enjoying the college life are much larger than a lot of the other schools combined.

12. Pitzer College (Claremont, CA)

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Some of the greatest colleges for enjoying pot are the ones where the peer pressure doesn’t exist. Pitzer College is one of the many on this list that everyone who attends, chooses to either do drugs or not but they never force others around them which has created a positive environment for a school in Cali.

11. University of California – Santa Barbara

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There are so many reasons to love California. The women are gorgeous, the weather is perfect, and the pot is literally everywhere. Of all the schools in Cali, UC Santa Barbara is one of our favorites for it’s perfect combination of all three things we love most about California.

10. Guilford College (Greensboro, NC)

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For the longest of times, Guilford College has been known as a weed friendly school, just ask any student there and they will tell you all about the best places to smoke, where to buy, and how to just kick back and enjoy life with a recreational drug that has less effects than alcohol or prescription drugs.

9. Eckerd College (St. Petersburg, FL)


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Have you ever heard of Eckerd College? No? Neither did any of us until a few years ago when their reputation for being a pot-friendly school got their names on a list of the nation’s best stoner colleges. They have literally remained on that list every since then too.

8. Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY)

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Maybe it is just us but notice anything wrong with all these top schools? No one has ever heard of many of them outside of being named a stoner college. If they have been making lists like that forever, we just had to confirm for ourselves. The research was conclusive. This school belongs in the top ten.

7. University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI)

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A school doesn’t become known as a major party school without at least being mentioned in a list about biggest stoner colleges. So for the University of Wisconsin, all you need to know is that the weed you are smelling around campus isn’t skunk cabbage.

6. University of Vermont

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Of all the liberal states and cities in America, did you know that the best pot in this country comes from Vermont? That’s right. The West Coast can do all the bragging they want about marijuana, the best pot doesn’t come from anywhere West of the Appalachian mountains. Maybe this school is a front for something bigger…

5. Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY)


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An Ithaca College student told a story to The Ithacan last year talking about how he once got caught in violation of marijuana possession and had to pay the consequences. But the second time it happened, instead of getting kicked out of the college, the campus police gave him a warning. A warning? That’s it?

4. Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR)

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Just like the explorers that the college is named after, Lewis & Clark, incoming freshmen and students looking to explore the drug culture have been attending for many years and partying the entire time along the way.

3. The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)


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How could the college that sounds like a bad joke in a Cheech and Chong movie not be ranked this high on the list of stoner colleges? It is the Evergreen State College and their mascot should be a large pot plant holding a flag with a marijuana leaf on it.

2. University of California – Santa Cruz

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If not for marijuana legalization in Colorado, the UC Santa Cruz college would be the top ranked stoner college because not only do students know how to have fun, they know how to be smart with pot along the way. This is one of those schools that have a reputation for the beautiful women, high cost of housing, and excellent pot selection.

1. University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)

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For several years, around 15, the University of Colorado in Boulder has been a top five school for marijuana use on campus. Now that pot is legal in the state, it’s even better today. Again, the school is strict about drug use on campus so all the students have to do is step off campus. It isn’t too difficult to find a nice quiet place to relax with a joint in Colorado, is it?

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