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The Strictest Colleges in America

I always thought my school (Bowdoin College) was strict with its “no hard alcohol on campus” policy – which is admittedly pretty ineffective – but when I read this list on the Huffington Post I was pretty taken aback. Unsurprisingly, many of the schools listed are miliary academies or religious schools.

Some highlights include:

  • At Brigham Young University you need a doctor’s note to grow a beard.
  • At Hyles-Anderson College in Indiana “Hollywood movies” are prohibited.
  • Even if you are 21 at Hamilton College, you can get written up for drinking during finals week.
  • Boston University has a zero tolerance policy about parties in Residence Halls.
  • According to a commenter, Pensacola Christian College (which is tagged in the post but is for some reason not included in the slideshow) prohibits girls from leaving dorms with their hair wet because it might cause boys to think about them naked in the shower. Check out more of the rules at this school on its wikipedia page, which include stairwells and elevators segregated by gender.

Do any of your schools have strict rules? Comment below!

Joanna Buffum is a senior English major and Anthropology minor at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  She is from Morristown, NJ and in the summer of 2009 she was an advertising intern for OK! Magazine and the editorial blog intern for Zagat Survey in New York City. This past summer she was an editorial intern for MTV World's music website called MTV Iggy, writing fun things like album and concert reviews for bands you have never heard of before. Her favorite books are basically anything involving fantasy fiction, especially the Harry Potter series and “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” by Susanna Clarke. In her free time she enjoys snowboarding, playing intramural field hockey, watching House MD, and making paninis. In the spring of 2010 she studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and she misses the friendly, tall, and unusually attractive Danish people more than she can say. After college, she plans on pursuing a career in writing, but it can be anywhere from television script writing, to magazine journalism, to book publishing. 
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