Drug Safety

Chicago, IL
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: not a big issue from what I have experienced

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: School is very strict on drugs so there is no scene.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: DePaul is a safe school that is strict on drugs

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2 College Student

Drug Safety: There has been a new trend where students have started taking ADHD medication in order to boost their attention span. It is very scary to see my peers doing that because I was never so explicitly exposed to it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I believe it depends on the individual. You need your personal will power to stay out of the drug scene. It is like this in every situation and location.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 431st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 905th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1064th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1078th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1097th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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The city of Chicago provides students with access to any drug they could possibly want, but most students seem to stick to the occasional use of marijuana. There is heavier stuff used by students, but if you don’t want to see it, you really don’t have to because the heavy drug scene pretty much stays under wraps. In addition to marijuana, Adderall is pretty common during midterms and finals.

There is little to no pressure associated with using drugs, and the diverse student body leaves room for a lot of people who don't associate themselves with drugs. The University, and Chicago itself, seems to take the selling of drugs much more seriously than the use of them, but the No. 1 reason a student would get kicked out of housing is for possessing drugs on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Services
Student Center, Suite 350
Lincoln Park Campus
(773) 325-7779
Assessments, individual and group counseling, referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 107 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 107 responses

  • 11% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 18% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 23% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 108 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 22% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 28% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 19% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 107 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 42% Somewhat abundant.
  • 30% Somewhat limited.
  • 12% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 107 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 52% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 36% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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