Drug Safety

Location
Waterville, ME
Undergrads
1,815
Tuition
$44,320
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most everyone drinks. If you don't drink you are automatically written off.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Colby has the best of both worlds. If you want to go crazy and party then go for it, if you want to sit a night out, or if you never want to party at all, nobody cares. There is virtually no peer pressure to drink. As for underage drinking on campus, the campus PD doesn't check your ID unless you are blatantly (dangerously) drunk in public. Technically there is a hard liquor ban on campus, but you wouldn't know it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs on campus are there. I have definitively caught the scent of weed, but I have yet to see it. I have never seen people high on campus. It depends where you are and who you hang out with. Drinking is more obvious, but you can easily decide to engage in non-alcohol activities during week-ends and parties. There is a hospital right next to campus so people who do end up blacking out during parties are quickly sent there. Overall, if you don't want alcohol to be a part of you college experience, it is very possible to make it so.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I have never encountered "hard drugs" in two years here. I know that they are done places on campus, but it is out of site. People do weed as the smell is evident occasionally, but it is not prominent. People drink on weekends and that is more visible than the drugs. Being someone who is extremely uncomfortable around drugs, I have not ever had a problem or felt uncomfortable here

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is absolutely no peer pressure to drink or do drugs at Colby. I have friends who do both, some who do one or the other, and some who do neither. There is no pressure and everyone can have fun without any substance abuse.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 66th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1184th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1226th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1267th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1273rd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danny Garin
Hometown
Washington, DC
Major
Government and Economics
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You won't come to Colby and find illicit drugs, at least out in the open. Hard drug use does exist, but it is very, very limited and few and far between. Probably 95 percent of students will never know about or see hard drugs during their time at Colby. Those who want these drugs must look hard to find them because they are practically nonexistent.

However, too much time listening to Phish may have led some Colby students to smoke marijuana, and intense academics can push some people to seek illegal study drugs. Asking around on weekends makes it easy to find pot, whereas study drugs may be harder to find. However, neither of these ever seems like a real threat. And, this is a college, so alcohol use does exist. Many students drink, but many choose not to, and there is no pressure by any means to consume. It is very easy to go through four years here without having one sip of beer and not smoking one joint, but it's also pretty easy to live the opposite lifestyle.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
302
Alcohol-Related Arrests
43
Drug-Related Referrals
20
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Garrison-Foster Health Center
4460 Mayflower Hill
(207) 859-4460
Substance abuse counseling, assessments, referrals

Student Polls

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

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% None

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

  • 68% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

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

  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 9% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 45% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

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

  • 57% Practically unlimited.
  • 24% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 55% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 23% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.

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