Drug Safety

Location
Greenville, NC
Undergrads
18,317
Tuition (in-state)
$19,683 ($5,869)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's your choice whether you want to drink or do drugs, but mostly everyone drinks.

5 College Student

Drug Safety: Most students drink at this school. It's pretty much a party school, and drugs are pretty available as well. Sometimes they crack down on students downtown, but it's really easy to get away with drinking underage.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You will see a lot of people drinking. ECU enforces the rules very strict with the undercover ALE.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't personally hangout with people who use drugs but I have heard that it's not hard to come across. The university does what it can to enforce a no drug policy.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's alright. You can't really regulate these sorts of things because kids all over Greenville do it anyway. Most students live off campus so its easy for everyone to get caught up in "the drug scene."

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 118th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 644th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1116th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1218th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1258th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Mandel
Hometown
Matthews, NC
Major
Biology
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ECU has been labeled a "party school," partly because of the enthusiastic tailgating that occurs despite chronic football losses and because of the annual Halloween celebration; yet, a lot of students choose not to drink excessively or use illegal drugs. ECU Police most often cite students for underage drinking and for possessing marijuana, with misuse of prescription drugs coming in third. ECU Police have issued several DUI citations to students who try to move their cars after going clubbing. Adventurous students sometimes smoke pot in dorms, but the resident advisors usually smell it and turn students in instead of asking to share a smoke. Violations have decreased since a zero-tolerance policy was instated, requiring that students be banned from campus housing after just one reported violation involving illegal substances in the dorms. Under the new policy, even collections of empty alcohol bottles are banned. Even though drugs are available here, and some students use them, there does not seem to be overwhelming pressure on the general population to use them. Students seem to be developing more lasting problems with alcohol than with illegal drugs. Drug abuse certainly can adversely affect a student's academic career, and many who party too much don't come back for second semester. Students must find a balance between academics and socializing early in college.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
444
Alcohol-Related Arrests
303
Drug-Related Referrals
65
Drug-Related Arrests
59
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Counseling and Student Development
(252) 328-6661
Counseling sessions, self-help options for alcohol and other drugs, and online screening for depression and alcohol

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 78 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% None
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 78 responses

  • 36% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 77 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 51% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 78 responses

  • 31% Practically unlimited.
  • 44% Somewhat abundant.
  • 21% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 77 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% 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.
  • 40% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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