Drug Safety

Location
San Luis Obispo, CA
Undergrads
17,066
Tuition (in-state)
$19,071 ($8,043)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Student

Drug Safety: There's no peer pressure to do something you don't want to. People respect your decisions, but many do decide to take part in drinking or smoking. Drinking is very common among students at Cal Poly.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everyone drinks, but only a few smoke weed that's as far as drugs go on campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The school tries it's best to ensure the safety of students and will confiscate any drugs or alcohol found in the dorms on campus. Freshman orientation includes a segment on drinking safely and the dangers of alcohol overdose.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have always stayed out of alcohol and drugs and typically make friends with people that also avoid them. But there are people in my housing community that drink and I see people smoking, and several times it's more than just a cigarette. I personally have never been pressured to have any form of alcohol or drugs, even by people who I know that partake in that themselves.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Coming to college, I now partake in alcohol consumption, mostly because of observed peer pressure.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 204th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1038th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1129th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1170th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1232nd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Herman
Hometown
Burbank CA
Major
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
2013
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By no means is Cal Poly's drug scene known far and wide. Surely, if you're looking for drugs, you'll be able to find them, but it's extremely easy to avoid exposure to the entire drug scene. This is probably due at least in part to the fact that Cal Poly students spend a lot of time studying and are generally in challenging classes that require their full brain to be working. That isn't to say that Cal Poly students don't make time for fun; it's just that when they do, they generally choose to drink alcohol. 

It's incredibly reassuring to know that peer pressure is not generally an issue. This is obviously contingent upon the people, but students will generally respect others' wishes to either participate or not.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
0
Alcohol-Related Arrests
4
Drug-Related Referrals
0
Drug-Related Arrests
35
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Building 27, Room 136
San Luis Obispo
(805) 756-1211
Peer counseling and professional counseling are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 90 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 90 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 43% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 90 responses

  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 46% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 90 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 63% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 89 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 46% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 42% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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