Drug Safety

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

Drug Safety: I'd say East Carolina has more of a party scene than some other colleges but it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The school will discipline you if you get a drinking ticket downtown or drug charge. The school is trying to decrease the party scene at ECU. The peer pressure is not bad people do not care if you do not want to be involved. There are plenty of other things to do than "party".

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: During finals week many students find ways to get study drugs, marijuana is used by a noticeable amount of students but not anywhere close to half, alcohol like any college is used by a large amount of students.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Students at my school do partake in the drug scene but it's not as noticeable as our alcohol usage.

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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.

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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 85 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% None
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 86 responses

  • 35% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% 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 86 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 52% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 30% 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 85 responses

  • 29% Practically unlimited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 85 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% 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.
  • 39% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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