Drug Safety

Washington, DC
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Typical amount of drugs and alcohol compared to any other college.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Weed is not common here. Probably less than 1/2 do it. Mostly a lot of angry drunk people who want to get in fights and yell at people.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are always people who choose to participate but Catholic is has a no tolerance policy

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not of my friends use drugs, I only hear about other people using them. If you make friends with the right people, there is no pressure to use drugs at all. Most people avoid drugs.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Some people have done/do drugs but only if you are looking for it will you be involved.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 458th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 875th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 917th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 948th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1020th
    Least Underage Drinkers

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Frankie Bustamante
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The simple truth is that there are drugs on campus, but not that many. Rather than saying there is a drug scene at CUA, it is more accurate to say that there are drug addicts and dealers who bring the drugs. Individuals, not the collective whole or even a reasonable majority, abuse or take drugs at Catholic. Maybe it is the Catholic identity or abundance of entertainment available or overabundance of alcohol, but the average CUA student is just not interested in taking drugs.

This is not to say that drugs will fade away or die eventually because there will always be a few students every year who take/deal drugs, and everyone will always know who to contact should they ever get curious. But even then, the most prevalent drug is marijuana. So parents and non-drug users rejoice: The Catholic University of America has been tested for drugs and passed with flying colors.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Other Drug Education
Counseling Center (located at 127 O'Boyle Hall)
Washington D.C.
(202) 319-5765
Individual counseling is available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 22 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 9% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 41% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 18% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 41% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 18% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 21 responses

  • 14% Practically unlimited.
  • 62% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 10% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 38% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 43% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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