Drug Safety

Location
Pasadena, CA
Undergrads
997
Tuition
$39,588
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Its the rules... NONO.... you will get the boot. We are their to learn not party.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Some of the students smoke Marijuana in the smoking section.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is absolutely no pressure to use drugs on campus. In fact, drug visibility is so low here that people might look slightly askew when they do see someone using drugs. The small community causes people to be more considerate to each other, and the intellectual atmosphere puts the focus more on academics than on drugs and alcohol.

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Drug Safety: Drugs are available if you want them, but the majority of students don't drink or do drugs. It's certainly not visible or a big part of the culture.

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Drug Safety: Don't know about the drug scene. I know only of a couple of people who have admitted to using at Tech.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 359th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 527th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mayra Sheikh
Hometown
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
Major
Chemistry
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Like every college campus in America, Caltech has some drug use. Drugs certainly are not an integral part of Caltech culture, though. There are students who drink, smoke pot, and the like, but there is no peer pressure to try drugs, and people don't walk around offering them to others. There is a large constituency of students who have never had a drink before, more so than at other non-religious colleges. Alcohol is the most common substance on campus. There is probably some underage drinking, but less than at most other colleges. A lot of the students here abide by the laws and do not drink until they are over 21. If there is a certain drug a student is looking for, the student will most likely be able to find it. However, the student has to make an active effort; narcotics will not present themselves at every corner or at any school research labs.

Alcohol is used by many Caltech students, but not on a daily basis. Some students have specific drinking nights or parties when their main objective is alcohol consumption, but most students who drink are social drinkers. When there are parties or "happy hours," they are checked by the school, and bartenders who card are hired to dispense alcohol to those who are of age. The school is pretty strict about what they will allow students to do on campus. Cigarettes are used by a fair number of students at the school, but no more than about five percent of students smoke on a regular basis. Overall, Caltech is a clean campus when it comes to drugs.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
9
Alcohol-Related Arrests
0
Drug-Related Referrals
5
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
Alcohol
Drug Counseling Programs
Caltech Counseling Center
1239 Arden Rd.
Pasadena
(626) 395-8331
Substance-abuse counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 7 responses

  • 50% None
  • 25% Alcohol
  • 25% Marijuana
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 62% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 50% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Practically unlimited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 12% Somewhat limited.
  • 50% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 25% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 75% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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