Drug Safety

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I mean, it's pretty expected that college kids are going to drink, but a lot of kids drink every night of the week and to me that's insane. You're in college, you have school to focus on, come on people.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I do not do drugs so I do not see that side of the scene. I cannot tell you how many people do do drugs though. I know there are definitely more drinkers and weed smokers. But I still love Poly.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not encountered anyone with drug issues, but there are many on campus support systems that I often hear about, so it seems like help is easily available.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The only major drug available at Cal Poly is Marijuanna, most others are very hard to even find if you go looking for them. Which keeps the educational level much higher I think.

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.


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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
Burbank CA
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
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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
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
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 101 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 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 104 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.
  • 34% 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 102 responses

  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 103 responses

  • 14% Practically unlimited.
  • 66% Somewhat abundant.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 102 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 47% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 41% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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