Drug Safety

Washington, DC
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you want to take part in it, you can. If you don't want to, you don't have to.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You truly only see the drug/alcohol scene at frat parties. Yeah, people pregame in their dorms, but it i not as excess as people think. As for the drug use, people are smart about it. They go to surrounding areas off campus to handle their business.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: AU is a dry campus- and they definitely enforce that in the dorms. However, "quadding" an activity that many students take part in on sunny days during the spring is awesome for drinking. Students often sit around the quad and drink in cups which is not enforced. Great activity and one of my favorite events at AU. Drinking is noticeable during student run activities such as Sandslam or Anchor Clanker, but not evident in school run events or athletics. There is little peer pressure to partake in drugs or drinking, and if you're not into that there is plenty of other activities! Policy enforcement is strong when in the dorms, but after that it's pretty lenient. A lot of students are into study drugs such as Adderall and Vycanse, but marijuana and party drugs are also popular when going out to raves, clubs, etc. Typical college, wouldn't rate it as unusual but just a heavy workload causes many students to take study drugs.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: No noticeable problems, however Master's students typically just spend time on campus for classes and to study.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want to drink/use people wont judge you, but if that's not your thing that's cool too. You are going to find a group no matter what that has similar interests to you. As long as you are not hurting yourself or others people are pretty chill about it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 357th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 913rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 977th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1150th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1261st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jesse MacDonald
Law & Society
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Drug use at AU is not prevalent, and those who do choose to engage in drugs do so with discretion. Drugs are not an integral part of students’ lives at AU, but for those that want them, they are available. In order to obtain drugs, however, you need to have certain connections because students are very careful not to use drugs in the public eye. 

Drug use on campus is strictly prohibited. AU has a very strict policy and will confiscate drugs and expel dealers if they are caught. While this has not gotten rid of all drugs on campus, it means that students who aren’t interested will never be exposed to the drug scene. Students at both ends of the drug-use spectrum can live together peacefully without bothering or interfering with each other.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Mary Graydon Center, Room 214
Washington, D.C.
(202) 885-3500
Counseling, workshops, information on drug/alcohol usage, contacts to DC area programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 73 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 3% None
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 37% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 73 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 51% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 27% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 73 responses

  • 10% Practically unlimited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 25% Somewhat limited.
  • 8% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 72 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 12% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 42% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 43% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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