Drug Safety

Northridge, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$10,984 ($6,520)
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have never been forced to do anything i didnt want to nor has anyone i know.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People just do not do drugs here. At least it is not noticeable.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: They are good at keeping us safe.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug use at CSUN campus is barely noticeable. I've heard students talk about how high they are and stuff like that but haven't seen someone do it in front of me.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not experienced any drug or alcohol problems.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 165th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 317th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 508th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 569th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1168th
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julie Ritchie
English/Liberal Studies
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Like at many campuses across the country, the drug scene depends on with whom you associate. While the most visible drug use on campus is definitely cigarettes, harder substances are also abused, but you won't necessarily see them. On the other hand, at a large number of events, you'll see students having a great time being sober, without the use of any alcohol or drugs at all. All in all, though, whether you are interested in partaking or not, it's totally up to you. You can go all four years without seeing drugs, or you can engage in some heavy activities. 

Since CSUN is a commuter school, the University is not as conducive for a drug or "party" environment as other schools, since there isn't a strong residential community. Sure, in the dorms, you'll occasionally smell marijuana wafting from a room, but it's not as prominent as at other universities. However, those that do partake in alcohol or drugs in the dorms need to be discreet, as police enforcement is pretty strong. 

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Center
Bayramian Hall, Suite 520
(818) 677-2366
Individual counseling is available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 128 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 10% None
  • 10% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 128 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 16% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 23% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 128 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 9% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 51% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 18% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 128 responses

  • 7% Practically unlimited.
  • 30% Somewhat abundant.
  • 41% Somewhat limited.
  • 23% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 128 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 37% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 54% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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