Drug Safety

Hanover, NH
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The COLLEGE is great about this. Dangerous drinking is limited, especially with recent policies. Hanover Police (H-Po) over-zealously enforces alcohol policies though.

1 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Too much of every social event revolves around alcohol! Would like to see it stop.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol monitoring/safety is very poor. There are systems in place for overdrinking, but there are no consequence-free methods of keeping students safe, so many cases go unreported of unsafe alcohol or drug use.

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Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol, in particular, were very prevalent on Dartmouth's campus. People used all kinds of drugs, but especially drank, and they drank heavily. The school is somewhat secluded and resides in a small town, so there is not much of a nightlife besides the fraternity and sorority parties on campus, which all focus on drinking. These issues have come out recently, and the school claims it is working towards improving the drinking problems, but I don't know how much that will change things. The policy enforcement is very lax, and there is so much pressure for people to drink heavily. I realize that drinking while in college is considered the norm, but I have seen too many students get drunk to the point where they are in danger and the school really needs to acknowledge how bad that environment really is.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: lots of drinking and partying on weekends
"blackouts" are common and spoken about as badges of honor
campus policy is more lenient towards alcohol


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1130th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1292nd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1296th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1303rd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kirk Greenwood
Warrington, PA
Comparative Literature
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The average Dartmouth student will probably encounter a fair share of marijuana during his or her time at the College. It is definitely something that must be sought out—it won’t come to you, but if you’re of a mind to smoke, Dartmouth is as good a place as any.

Ecstasy and mushrooms are available on campus but are a little difficult to come by. Likewise, cocaine and painkiller use exists but is not prevalent. One of the more disturbing trends, which is certainly not unique to Dartmouth, involves students using prescription stimulants—mainly Adderall—as study aids in the library in an attempt to make up for time lost to partying.


Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Human Development
(603) 650-1442
Assessment, individual counseling, an group counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 29 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 69% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 3% 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 29 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 24% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% 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 28 responses

  • 61% Practically unlimited.
  • 29% Somewhat abundant.
  • 4% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 39% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 43% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 11% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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