Newsweek/The Daily Beast names healthiest universities

Oct. 11—Harvard University leads the pack in the recently released rankings of the healthiest universities, compiled by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. LSU and Mississippi State round out the top three choices.

The rankings considered five factors of college life: campus food, student health care, sexual health, physical activity and drug scene. All metrics were equally weighted, with extra points added based on the percent of each college's food budget spent on local/organic food. Foodservice information was culled from The Princeton Review survey of schools.

Sexual health was assessed according to Trojan’s annual Sexual Health Report Card of more than 140 colleges. Drug scene ratings and student healthcare assessment were based on student responses on College Prowler, as well as ratings of the campus athletic facilities.

Harvard spends 35% of its food budget on local or organic foods, received a Trojan sexual health rank of 16 (out of 140) and got a drug scene grade of C+. Sixty-seven percent of students rated student healthcare as high, and 77% of students rated athletic facilities as high.

The full list of the 25 healthiest colleges is:

Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.
Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.
Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.
University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.
University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minn.
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla.
University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
Florida International University, Miami
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.
University of Central Florida, Orlando

To see the full scorecards visit thedailybeast.com

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