Drug Safety

Philadelphia, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's a lot of partying and drinking, but it's just like any other college. Parties normally get busted within 2 hours.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Policies are in place, but most students live off campus and are outside the jurisdiction of the college campus anyway. Therefore, drug safety is more of an individual concern than a University concern. That being said, I do know a few friends who got nabbed for violating Drexel's alcohol policy, so I know that Drexel does enforce its rules. Still, most people are smart enough not to get in trouble for something like that.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Never seen a problem. Pretty laid-back. People have fun.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I think that access to drugs is a bit easier and that drugs are an issue on most college campuses. Drexel is close to lots of other Universities that have issues with drugs as well. I wouldn't say that it is very visible or that there is a lot of peer pressure, just that there is a presence at parties and everyone knows at least one person who could point you to a someone who deals.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not visible unless at a party.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 143rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1061st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1071st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1138th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1195th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Grad Year
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Drug activity is not a pervasive problem on Drexel's campus. As is commonplace at college, there is a lot of drinking, and marijuana use is common, too. Most people would probably be surprised to hear that harder drugs are much rarer here than at other schools, but it's true. Drug and alcohol use has never been much of an issue in the dorms, either. Some high schools are more infested with drugs than Drexel. Drinking and drug policies are very strict. There is a no-tolerance policy for alcohol on campus. Though, considering Drexel is very city-oriented, there is a bar (Landmark Americana) directly under the recreation center. Drexel offers an event entitled, "Spring Jam," but unfortunately this event is nonalcoholic—though, this hasn't exactly stopped students.

One drug that is pervasive among students is nicotine. It seems that almost everyone on campus smokes, and the campus grounds are littered with cigarette butts. This does not come as much of a surprise, however, as most of downtown Philadelphia is, too. Additionally, Adderall and caffeine have been known to be abused in order for students to cram and complete coursework, but this is more difficult to find.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling Center
Creese Student Center, Suite 201
(215) 895-1415
Alcohol assessment services, counseling, support for children of alcoholics, alcohol-related literature

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 76 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 76 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 14% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 75 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 28% Somewhat limited.
  • 8% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 75 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 16% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 44% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 40% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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