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America’s top 20 sober schools revealed

Brigham Young takes the No. 1 spot on The Princeton Review’s list.

By Kristin Wong Aug 6, 2013 7:52PM

For some, this may call for a toast — as long as the toast doesn’t involve booze.

For the 16th straight year, Brigham Young University has topped The Princeton Review’s list of “stone-cold sober schools.”

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“I guess you could say it’s our sweet 16th,” BYU media relations manager Todd Hollingshead joked.

On Monday, The Princeton Review released its 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges.” The collection includes a list of the “Top 20 Sober Schools” in the United States. Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., ranked second, and College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., ranked third. The California Institute of Technology and Xavier University of Louisiana also made the list.

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In the school’s Honor Code Statement, BYU students vow to “abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee and substance abuse.”

"We absolutely embrace it," Hollingshead says. "It’s a major reason why people choose to be here."

Check out The Princeton Review’s rankings for the Top 20 Sober Schools, below.

  1. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
  2. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill.
  3. College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Mo.
  4. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, Calif.
  5. U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.
  6. Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.
  7. Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga.
  8. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn.
  9. U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
  10. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  11. City University of New York-Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  12. City University of New York-City College, New York City
  13. City University of New York-Queens College, Flushing, N.Y.
  14. Mills College, Oakland, Calif.
  15. Agnes Scott College, Atlanta/Decatur, Ga.
  16. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Needham, Mass.
  17. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.
  18. Simmons College, Boston
  19. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
  20. Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans

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Aug 11, 2013 1:12AM
Aug 10, 2013 10:26AM
It's good to know that there is hope for the classy folk! lol
There is nothing wrong with drinking, but most people take advantage of it. Staying sober is the way to go, less problems.
Aug 8, 2013 7:55PM
Aug 8, 2013 3:04AM

Wow. Celebrating sobriety in the USA?





Aug 7, 2013 6:38AM

You obviously didn't visit Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN-- one of the best Christian colleges in the U.S. Billy Graham was a past president or director of the school back in the late 1950's.

Aug 7, 2013 5:01AM
I'm grateful for a school that teaches values and self respect sadly we live in a world where drinking and sleeping around is called self expression and exploring. To be honest being a school with such smart and intelligent people I would be worried if the world did not hate on BYU! They were also ranked #1 for students being both Hot and Smart so please hate on that as well!
Aug 7, 2013 4:55AM
College of the Ozarks has a very bad meth problem so I don't see why it should be touted in a positive light over the drinking problem.
Aug 7, 2013 4:32AM
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