What Exactly Is A Sober College?

by baladmin | October 30, 2013

Every year the Princeton Review releases its list of the top colleges in 60 different categories.

The 2013-2014 Princeton Review published “The Best 378 Colleges” based on survey results completed by 126,000 students, 333 from each college surveyed, who are enrolled now or have been enrolled at that school in the previous two school years.

“The Stone-Cold Sober Schools” List, 20 schools that are not only sober but that rank highest among students who currently attend, include:

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

What Exactly is a Sober College?

A place where college-aged students can learn, have fun, and stay substance-free as they work toward an education that will set them up for the career of their choosing. The “Stone-Cold Sober Colleges” List showcases 20 of the colleges and universities in the United States whose students do not engage in substance use while enrolled.

For young people looking for a college that can fulfill academic aspirations without the interference of substance abuse, BYU and the other 19 schools on the list are available. There is a college for everyone, and as school with your major. If you do a little research, you can certainly find the right fit.


At Brigham Young University, BYU, students live by an Honor Code Statement in which they vow to “abstain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, tea, coffee, and substance abuse,” among other things.  Todd Hollingshead, spokesman for BYU, says that the school and its students absolutely embraces the Honor Code and the abstinence from all mind-altering substances.

Wheaton College

This school, located in Wheaton, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, the second school on Princeton Review’s List, is sober as well. The profile, on the school’s website (www.Wheaton.edu), describes the college as Established in 1860 as a co-ed institution, Wheaton College is a private, residential, and interdenominational Christian liberal arts college, where the pursuit of faith and learning is taken seriously.

Is that the right sober college for you? Wheaton College offers a liberal arts program with 40 different majors to choose from.

College of the Ozarks

Number 3 on the list is the College of the Ozarks located in Missouri, which offers a wide range of majors from business to education. The work study program, Hard Work U, allows students to work on campus as a way to fully finance their education.

What Do You Want From a Sober College?

Whatever your education goals, you can definitely find what you are looking for from one of these 20, or another sober college. Do a little research to find which schools offer the major you most want to work toward, and then find out what admission requirements are in place.

Apply to schools and believe that you can earn a great education while staying sober in college!