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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Kids are going to drink. I'm an adult and professional and of age. There are many 'social' gatherings that are coordinated that include drinking. Nothing is out of control and it is much enjoyed.

Drugs, they are not visible but available.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are bigger than I expected than they would be, but they don't dominate the campus. Following GW's "rick kid" reputation, there are "rich kid" drugs. That being said, nobody looks at you differently if you don't want to engage in drug usage, you won't miss out on anything.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: GW is definitely working to combat this issue on campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Students are relatively safe. You don't have to drink, but most do.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People are going to do it anyway.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 16th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1236th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1269th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1317th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1318th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

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David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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There are plenty of students who do drugs at GW—most commonly, students smoke pot, drink alcohol, and smoke cigarettes. A lot of students talk about, sell, and smoke pot on a regular basis. But for students who are not interested in drugs, there is rarely any pressure to partake. People mostly associate with others who share their views on drugs.

Alcohol is the most popular drug on campus. GW students love drinking—many taking it to excess. Study drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, are very popular on campus. Students pop these prescription pills before a long night at the library to stay up late writing a paper or cramming for an exam. There are some harder drugs on campus, such as cocaine and ecstasy, but everyone knows which social circles use those harder drugs, and staying away from them is easy. Harder drugs are definitely not as visible as alcohol, pot, and study drugs.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Alcohol and other Drug Education
Time Out, Educated Choices, Last Call, private counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 67 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 22% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 67 responses

  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 18% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 58% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 40% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 48% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 67 responses

  • 1% Very limited.
  • 7% Somewhat limited.
  • 64% Somewhat abundant.
  • 27% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 67 responses

  • 24% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 16% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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