Drug Safety

Ithaca, NY
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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I'd say it is not as bad as most state schools. The people that use drugs generally cluster together. There is a lot of access to alcohol, but it's college, it happens.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most students partake but there isn't pressure to drink or smoke if you don't want to.

College Senior

Drug Safety: Depending on your personal approach to drugs/alcohol, the scene can be good or bad. There are many people who don't partake and won't be alienated for doing so, but drugs/alcohol are pretty accessible if you want it

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't even know where to find drugs except alcohol

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure, but a lot of people do drink. No drugs though.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1157th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1231st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1257th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1287th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mandy Kain and Radhika Arora
Hewlett, N.Y., and Ithaca, N.Y.
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Most students say that drugs at Cornell are not a problem and that what little problems exist stay underground. Everyone will most likely meet your stereotypical pot head, and that's probably the most common drug-related issue you'll find here. Some students also use amphetamines and prescription drugs like Ritalin to stay up for late-night cramming sessions. Although drugs are by no means prominent on campus, some say that if you want them, they're easy to find. Fortunately, there isn't a lot of pressure to get involved in drug use, and Cornell has much less of a problem than many other schools. Students tend to agree that they have never witnessed an obvious drug culture at school.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Shrooms
Drug Counseling Programs
Service available for students to assess their own behavior in a judgement-free environment
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Drug Counseling Programs
Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Services (EARS)
Student Counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 72 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 72 responses

  • 25% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 65% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 72 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 10% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 54% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 23% Practically unlimited.
  • 59% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 1% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 71 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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