Drug Safety

Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
7,283
Tuition
$42,870
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Present but definitely not bad at all. It is definitely not an issue at all.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: This is not seen much around campus, only if you know people who are involved.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As a freshman I haven't been exposed to these activities on campus. Too busy studying and being involved in sports.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: The social crew definitely drinks all the time. There's certainly not "pressure" to drink but most people do from very early on. The drug scene isn't that big, but it's there. Lots of kids smoke weed which is great because it should be legalized. However, cocaine is rampant throughout the business school and kids going into the financial industry. Ecstasy is a must if you're going to concerts / raves / etc. Lots of kids take study drugs since it's super competitive and work often gets unmanageable. Quite a few of my friends, including my freshman roommate and my closest friend since Kindergarten are no longer enrolled here because of drug issues. Very sad to see.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is not a problem with drinking. I did not drink until my junior year and I had a vibrant social life. The one problem with alcohol on campus is that there is a a stigma about calling the medics on someone who has had too much to drink because they can get in trouble. Often people who need to be taken to the hospital are not and it is a problem.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 801st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1113rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1251st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1253rd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Hometown
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Major
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
2015
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Most Hoyas characterize the Georgetown drug scene as low-key and underground. Whatever you want can certainly be found, but drug use does not bother those students who do not want to be bothered by it. Hard drugs almost never materialize at campus parties, though marijuana sometimes makes appearances at smaller-scale, intimate gatherings of friends. It is much more popular to smoke hookahs at parties than to smoke anything else, and hookahs are legal. Students agree that alcohol is about as common as it is at any other school.

Recently, the University started working toward changing its alcohol policy, which many student leaders have characterized as being draconian and unrealistic. Provisional changes were recently adopted that bring Georgetown’s rules and regulations more closely into line with those of other universities. The University also has a serious commitment to helping students with substance-abuse problems. An on-campus psychiatric and counseling center devotes a considerable portion of its energies toward encouraging students with alcohol and drug-dependency issues to seek help. In the end, a prospective Hoya needs only to know that aside from alcohol use, the drug scene at Georgetown is, in a word, tame. Binge drinking, however, is as popular here as it is anywhere in the country.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
318
Alcohol-Related Arrests
0
Drug-Related Referrals
17
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychiatric Service (CAPS)
One Darnall Hall
Washington, D.C.
(202) 687-6985
Anxiety and stress management, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, discrimination, low self-esteem, sexual abuse

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 45 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 23% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 45 responses

  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 58% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?     Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 54% 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 45 responses

  • 24% Practically unlimited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 13% 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.
  • 31% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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