Drug Safety

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

Drug Safety: It's not too bad here. You'll get people who drink, but generally, if they're going crazy with it, they'll do it off campus. You will see smokers everywhere though (both cigarettes and hookah).

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you yourself are familiar with drug users or the phrases/style of people that use drugs then obviously you will notice it and be able to identify it. Either you do it or you don't. People obviously do not openly talk about such things because more often than not it is illegal. As far as alcohol people are less discrete discussing it because it is assumed everyone is doing it one way or another.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you are doing anything on campus it must be very discreet because RA's are very observant when it comes to drinking and drugs on campus. However, when it comes to parties it seems like no one ever notices all of the intoxicated students walking back to their dorms.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are scarce seeing as RA's will crack down on the slightest hint of a marijuana scent. Police are constantly around campus and Fairfax county isn't exactly lenient either.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: there aren't many students that drink heavily and those that do are far and few between


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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

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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 106 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 9% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 106 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 6% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 106 responses

  • 9% Practically unlimited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 37% Somewhat limited.
  • 16% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 106 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 4% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 53% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 43% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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