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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No one puts pressure on you. Drink if you want or don't.

1 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere and anywhere on campus. It does not take much for those under 21 to find where the dorm parties are. 99% of the time, upperclass purchase liquor for underclassmen. As far as drugs like Adderall, cocaine, and weed, students can easily get them as there are multiple sellers on campus.

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2 College Student

Drug Safety: Not Very Strict – they obvioulsy care about drug use but they are not very strict about it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Not Sure – When I attended, I wasn't exposed to much drug use. I think alcohol use was pretty average for a college scene.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Booze Booze Booze – From my personal experience, alcohol is the main "drug". People drink. Tours get asked that question a lot, is the drinking scene really that big here? Yes, yes it is. If you don't drink or at least feel comfortable hanging out with people who do, you either need to find a group of friends who also all don't drink, or you will be very bored on the weekends. I know a handful of people who smoke weed fairly regularly, but I don't personally, nor do any of my close friends. There is a cocaine culture in one or two of the frats but I've never even been close to it in the slightest.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 105th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1187th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1231st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1247th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1294th
    Least Underage Drinkers

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Sophie Vershbow
New York City
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The drug scene on campus is mostly weed and alcohol, with a handful of students using harder drugs. For the most part, drug use is limited to a recreational use and comparable to the scene at any other college or university across the country. However, the school has been trying to deal with a growing drinking problem. A small, rural, and snowy area are all contributing factors to a drinking scene that has put careless freshmen in the ER. Additionally, the absence of Greek houses in the presence of Greek life makes some students believe that drinking has become more dangerous. An alcohol coalition was created to deal with the problem, but a lot of students working with the coalition are also Greeks, and viewed by some as the worst abusers of alcohol. The use of other drugs isn't as open of an issue on campus. A sizable portion of the student body has used weed, uses it occasionally, or uses it everyday. The campus co-op was closed down after Campus Safety found students had disabled their fire detectors in order to smoke in their rooms. Smoking pot is definitely an integral part of the party scene at Hamilton, and can often be smelled coming from dorm rooms or wooded areas of campus.

Harder drug use is limited to a small portion of students. Adderall and Ritalin are popular study drugs, and students are willing to pay the price. During finals and midterms, prices sky rocket, but demand remains steady. Cocaine and mushrooms are also used, but done in private and only within certain social circles. Hardcore drug use isn't very visible to the general campus body, nor is there much peer pressure to experiment. Students found using drugs are generally punished by the campus Judicial Board, and usually sentenced to relocating to a substance-free dorm or asked to enroll in a rehab program.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Drug Counseling Program
(315) 859-4340
Alcoholics Anonymous, Campus Counseling, drug and alcohol classes

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 14 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 38% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 15 responses

  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 53% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 20% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 67% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% 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 much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 15 responses

  • 73% Practically unlimited.
  • 20% Somewhat abundant.
  • 7% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 14 responses

  • 14% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 50% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 21% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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