Drug Safety

Washington, DC
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I mean it's good in terms of informing the students and that I see less than I expected to. But they can't control it well but that happens at many schools.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: Thurston is a party-filth, and...well...if you aren't participating when you're there, then you'll feel awkward. Other dorms are fine. You can do a lot around DC that doesn't need you to feel left out of drinking.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Most students drink. Many students use weed and adderall. Most students are safe about it.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have no idea how to rate this.....................

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There's lots of students who party hard and get drunk around campus.


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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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 60 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 23% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 45% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 43% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 60 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 17% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 60% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 18% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 59 responses

  • 27% Practically unlimited.
  • 63% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Somewhat limited.
  • 2% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 59 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 56% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 27% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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