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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not to many hardcore drugs on campus but there is a surprising amount of coke.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You really only notice if you're looking for people on drugs. Many of my friends weren't even aware of the drug problems on campus.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Hard drugs are used, but not forced upon people, and for the most part, people stick to alcohol. Hard drugs and weed will involve a much stricter enforcement policy, whereas alcohol is more carefully observed for safety reasons.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have seen students drink but that seems to be normal at any other college setting. I usually keep my distance.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Dickinson's attitude to alcohol is pretty lenient, as long as students aren't overly stupid and disrespectful to DPS. However, drugs are treated quite severely, even though many students smoke marijuana.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 133rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1093rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1107th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1201st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1221st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Warzala
Somerset, NJ
English/Political Science
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Drugs at Dickinson, like everywhere else, are available to those who are trying to find them. Marijuana, prescription painkillers, stimulants, and cocaine can be found. There are certain social groups with whom they are more prevalent than others, but for the most part, they are not a highly visible threat to students who choose not to use them. The average Dickinson student is not a habitual user of any drug.

The perception of the drug scene among Dickinson students varies widely. For those who are involved in drug use, it seems to be everywhere; those who don’t use tend not to see it happening very often. There are kids who go through their entire four years with no drug-related encounters, while there are also those who see them every day. Overall, like at most other schools, it depends on the social groups a student chooses to be part of.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
(717) 245-1485
Counseling for drug and alcohol-related issues as well as general psychological concerns

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 19 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 11% Cocaine
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 65% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 20% 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 17 responses

  • 53% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 41% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% 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 21 responses

  • 14% Practically unlimited.
  • 71% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 67% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 19% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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