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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Although drugs and alcohol are a significant aspect on Denison's campus, it does not take away from academics. Students will always find ways around rules and policy, so having more enforcement than necessary may be useless to prevent drug use. However, most students know how to balance the work week and weekend fun.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol can be obtained easily, if you do not drink at a party, it can be awkward

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are some who participate and some who don't. If you don't there are no pressures, if you do no one is stopping you. But Denison used to have Amnesty and they had gotten rid of it. Now people are less likely to go get help. But from my point of view I would rather get in trouble then not get help, especially if its a life or death decision.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are those who are stupid enough to do drugs, but most of them are weeded out by sophomore year. Most people understand that this an educational institution and participating in illicit activities is extremely pathetic. Those students do use drugs are usually avoided by everyone else.

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  • 31st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1259th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1281st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1303rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1313rd
    Least Underage Drinkers

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Eleni Karahalios
Chicago, Illinois
Economics, English Writing and Psychology
Grad Year
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Alcohol is definitely one of the most prevalent drugs found on Denison's campus. It is not uncommon to find underage drinking at almost every party and even sometimes in dorms. Alcohol is very easy for underage students to obtain, especially since those who are 21 live on the same campus. Every party will have alcohol freely available, as well. Marijuana is a close second—though, it is definitely avoidable. The drug scene at Denison is very hush-hush, and therefore, extremely easy to avoid if that is not something you want to do. As for harder drugs, like cocaine and ecstasy, they can be found if you know certain people; otherwise, you will never see them being used openly and recreationally at Denison. Study drugs, like Adderall and Ritalin, have also become increasingly prevalent in the last few years. One way Denison implements drug safety on campus is through its Medical Amnesty policy. Students who turn highly intoxicated students in do not get in any trouble, even if they were drinking. This allows students to help their fellow students if they are in danger, without any fear of getting in trouble. If you do not drink or do drugs, that absolutely does not mean you won't have a social life. Denison is very inclusive in its nightlife, and even if you don't drink, you can absolutely still go to a party and have fun. If you do decide to drink and do drugs, it is pretty easy to avoid getting written up and in trouble, if you are discreet about it.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Drug Counseling Programs
Whisler Hall
(740) 587-6647
Counseling for drug and alcohol-related issues as well as general psychological concerns
Did You Know?
Denison has a Medical Amnesty policy, which encourages students to seek medical help for their fellow students in situations like extreme intoxication, without fear of disciplinary action.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 31 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 25% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 23% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 58% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 43% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 37% Practically unlimited.
  • 63% Somewhat abundant.
  • 0% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 20% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 53% 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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