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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is very little drinking and drug use at Belmont. So if that's what you're into then knock yourself out.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Be warned, the label of a "private Christian university" does not mean that the campus is completely safe of drugs and alcohol. As a consensus, I'd say it's definitely looked down upon by most people, and there is definitely less of a presence than other schools (namely state schools), but there are still quite a bit of people who partake in the usage of marijuana and alcohol. However, if you are firmly against that, I would recommend that this doesn't turn you away from this school. There are still plenty of people here who shy away from the mind-altering substances, and it is entirely possible to have a fantastic social life here without the use of drugs and/or alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Belmont Police seem to be pretty strict with it, but as long as you're off campus, nothing happens.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: Belmont is a dry campus so students do not drink on campus. This doesn't mean there is no alcohol ever. Students find a way, every weekend. Vandy is right down the road. If you're into that, it's there.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have had no problems at all.


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  • 78th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 117th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 328th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 352nd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1258th
    Most Social Drinkers

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Tara Knott
Geneva, Illinois
Grad Year
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Belmont’s drug policy is incredibly strict. In addition to being a dry campus, the University has also gone tobacco-free. Students who smoke generally go across the street to Bongo Java in between classes to do so. Some students smoke marijuana, but the drug scene doesn’t go far beyond that. Resident assistants search all dorm rooms and apartments once a semester for contraband, including drugs and alcohol, although they can only search what’s in plain sight. Unfortunately, this makes it pretty easy to hide illegal substances if you have them because the RAs aren’t allowed to open drawers or search inside bags.

However, students who are caught with drugs or any type of drug paraphernalia (shot glasses, bongs, etc.) face severe punishment. The residence director and campus security are alerted, and the student usually has to appear before the student justices for violating Belmont’s Community Code of Conduct. Again, alcohol isn’t allowed on campus no matter how old you may be, so students have to seek it out at off-campus parties. Even at parties thrown by students, underage drinkers have been known to come back to campus with black Xs on their hands. Thankfully, Belmont students still know how to have a good time without alcohol or drugs. One student DJ even started throwing “Good Clean Fun” parties on campus in 2010 as an alternative to the bar-hopping scene.

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Gabhart Student Center, second floor
(615) 460-6856
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Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 44 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 36% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 2% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 32% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 39% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 27% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 11% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 18% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 34% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 7% Practically unlimited.
  • 27% Somewhat abundant.
  • 41% Somewhat limited.
  • 25% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 43 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 33% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 67% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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