Drug Safety

Allendale, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$14,568 ($10,078)
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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I can't speak for all students on the cases of drugs, but i never heard of drug instances once last year.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have only ever heard of one incident on campus

3 College Student

Drug Safety: I don't really place myself in these situations but i've heard of some drug use. Mostly students partake in alcohol consumption.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: During the weekends it is quite noticeable that many students partake in alcohol regardless of their age. You can go to campus early the next morning and find bottles on the ground and sometimes a drunk person walking to someplace.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Grand Valley has a dry campus so there isn't much alcohol use on campus. The only time would be at tailgating and that is in a controlled area that has police walking around.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 239th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 265th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 430th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 553rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 901st
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Audrey Rosenau
Rochester Hills, MI
Hospitality and Tourism
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The most prominent drug at Grand Valley is alcohol, and underage drinking is a slight problem in both on- and off-campus housing. Alcohol is not allowed in on-campus housing facilities, but each year, a small number of freshmen get caught storing alcohol in their rooms. The majority of Grand Valley students does not smoke cigarettes, but smoking can still be seen on campus. Smokers must be at least 25 feet from any building, and the rule is just starting to be more heavily enforced. Marijuana is used privately by a small percentage of students, and concentration-enhancing drugs, such as Adderall, are also known to be used. However, these and other hard drugs are kept very low-key.

The minor drug scene at Grand Valley is easily avoidable. Students are accepting and won’t pressure anyone to use drugs. However, many students turn 21 while enrolled at GVSU, so finding a student who does not drink, at least occasionally, is very rare. But Grand Valley does offer theme housing for students who wish to totally avoid the alcohol that is occasionally present in other residence halls.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
204 Student Services Building
(616) 331-3266
Assessments, individual substance abuse counseling, prevention programs, and the Wellness Task Force are all available resources to students.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 119 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% None
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 26% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 118 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 5% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 31% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 55% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 119 responses

  • 3% Practically unlimited.
  • 40% Somewhat abundant.
  • 39% Somewhat limited.
  • 18% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 118 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 39% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 54% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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