Drug Safety

Pomona, CA
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$17,783 ($6,125)
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: i have never heard of anyone using drugs, however i have heard about many people drinking even underage drinking

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I've never experienced or witnessed any peer pressure. I think it's up to the student's decision whether they want to be affiliated with that scene or not.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have never seen a student arrive to class drunk or drugged.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No students do drugs or alcohol on campus, it is easy to get them off campus. I have never experienced peer pressure to try any drugs

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: On-campus officials are very serious, which means that any student found with alcohol or any kind of drug will be automatically penalized. However, as a student one is able to see how much drinking there truly is and just how much students abuse it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 291st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 333rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 401st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 515th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1032nd
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kyleena Harper
Sierra Madre, CA
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Drugs are not a big focus on campus. The drug scene at Cal Poly is only there if you actively go looking for it. If drugs are not your thing and you aren’t interested, there is no pressure to participate. In fact, many students are oblivious that any drugs are used at all on campus.

The two most popular drugs are obvious: alcohol and weed. However, CPP is catching on to the trend of using prescription drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, which is a shame. Cal Poly has very strict rules when it comes to drugs; if a student is found with any drugs in their possession, they will be immediately kicked out of any campus housing and be on suspension.

Because of the stringent policy against drugs, students who do partake find hidden places around campus. Alcohol is more widely prevalent. Students under 21 living on campus are not allowed any alcohol in their possesion, but students over 21 are allowed to keep a limited amount of alcohol in their room. People like to have kickbacks on the weekends and get a little crazy—but not to the point of alcohol poisoning. Because of the strict rules on alcohol, students have to attend off-campus parties if they intend to drink excessively.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Building 66, Room 116 (Bookstore Building)
(909) 869-3220
Therapy for just about any addiction, as well as other counseling services.
Did You Know?
The only places on campus allowed to serve liquor are The Kellogg West restaurant, Collins College, and Round Table.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 84 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 13% None
  • 8% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 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 85 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 85 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 6% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 56% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 84 responses

  • 14% Practically unlimited.
  • 27% Somewhat abundant.
  • 32% Somewhat limited.
  • 26% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 84 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 2% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 45% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 52% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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