Drug Safety

Fairfax, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,764 ($9,620)
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We all know there are a lot of underage drinking in any college but other than that there are many drugs that students use that go unnoticeable.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't really know, as I attend class, do my studies, attend church and don't socialize a lot.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's not really a drug scene on campus, at least not that I know of. Mainly, people drink liquor or beer at small parties of gatherings. In my three years at Mason, I have only heard of one incident regarding a major drug/alcohol bust including multiple students. From what I understand, many minors were involved, but through my experience, I have found that minors involvement in illegal activities tend to be primarily voluntary.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Weed= nope. The university isn't joking when they say you will be kicked out of housing if you're found in possession, or possibly kicked out of school. There isn't really a standard punishment when caught with weed- minimum punishment is kicked out of housing, max is kicked out of school.

Drinking on campus occurs, but you have to be quiet about it. Basically what it was like in high school at house parties. The only parties on campus are those thrown by fraternities and sport houses. If you're a girl, its no problem getting invited. If you're a guy… its going to take more work.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's not bad but it's not great.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 656th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 658th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 678th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 727th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 908th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sharrer
Harrisonburg, Va.
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For the most part, students at Mason just drink alcohol, and mostly only on weekends. The big parties all happen off campus, and it’s not likely that a lot of drunk students will be seen around campus on the weekends. As long as on-campus parties don’t get rowdy, students don’t have any trouble from RAs or the police, though students should be careful since RAs walk through the housing areas generally every hour.

Mason’s not an infamous drug haven, but it's more than likely that guy that’s always wearing a Sublime T-shirt and lives upstairs in the dorm has a hook-up. Most drug usage at Mason is covert, however, and there’s not a lot of talk about marijuana or other illegal drugs on campus. Fraternity members can be seen in freshman housing areas during the first couple weeks of school finding recruits and inviting people to their beginning-of-the-year parties. If freshmen play their cards right, they can get invited to the parties, which account for a majority of Mason’s party scene.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Study drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Office of Alcohol, Drug & Health Education
Student Union Building I, MS 2B2
(703) 993-3690
Workshops and events, individual consultations, educational materials, and volunteer opportunities.
Did You Know?
President's Park is the only completely "dry area" on campus.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 123 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 10% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 123 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 37% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 26% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 123 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 5% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 11% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 123 responses

  • 8% Practically unlimited.
  • 37% Somewhat abundant.
  • 38% Somewhat limited.
  • 16% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 122 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 3% 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.
  • 45% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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