Norlin Quad won't look like the way it did during the 4/20 CU-Boulder celebration on April 20, 2010. The university has quashed the annual smokeout, which drew 10,000 pot enthusiasts at its peak. (Mark Leffingwell, Daily Camera file)

CU-Boulder falls to No. 7 on Princeton Review’s ‘Reefer Madness’ list

The University of Colorado has been working to shed its party school image; last year CU was No. 4 in the cannabis ranking for the Princeton Review

The University of Colorado dropped to No. 7 on the Princeton Review’s “Reefer Madness” list, which ranks colleges and universities by the popularity of cannabis on campus.

CU topped that list in 2012 and last year was ranked No. 4. The campus, which had been known for its raucous outdoor party on April 20, the weed holiday, has succeeded in snuffing out that annual gathering of more than 10,000 people.

Still, the campus exists in Colorado, where voters opted to legalize recreational pot in 2012. Cannabis usage is not permitted on the CU-Boulder campus.

Ithaca College in New York took the top spot on the Reefer Madness list, followed by Skidmore College and Eckerd College. Colorado College in Colorado Springs came in at No. 9 on the list this year.

There was no sign of CU-Boulder at all on the Princeton Review’s party school list. The campus has been taking steps to shed its party school image, an effort that appears to be working.

CU hasn’t appeared on the Princeton Review’s party school list since 2011, when it ranked No. 16. Playboy named CU the top party school in the country in 2011.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses and college rankings. Each fall, it ranks colleges and universities in a number of categories, including most beautiful campus, best food, best classroom experience and others.

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