Drug Safety

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There definitely is a drug scene, mostly among the city kids or international students. However, with such a great diversity of students nobody cares whether or not you partake. Alcohol is permitted in upperclassman dorms (only prohibited in freshman dorms), so it is readily available at most if not all parties.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not much peer pressure or visible usage! Just people going home at all hours of the night!

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Harvard students are pretty good about their alcohol. Drinking happens on the weekends, and there are policies put in place so you can get help without penalty if the need arises.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't drink but alcohol is very big on campus.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There is some pressure to drink and party, but very little pressure/presence for drugs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 274th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 994th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1004th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1047th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1060th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dominic Hood
New Orleans, La.
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Drugs have a very small presence at Harvard. Marijuana is certainly the most prevalent, while harder drugs such as cocaine are often rumored to be the drug of choice for a small minority. However, these tend to be rumors and should not be trusted completely. The overwhelming majority of students avoids all drug use and enjoys the ability to engage in a drug-free social life.

Students also note that for those interested in drug use, there are a number of outlets, especially within the city of Boston. All in all, Harvard receives high marks for its ability to keep drug use to a minimum and facilitate an academic and social life that is not inhibited by drugs.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Harvard University Health Services
7 Linden St.
(617) 495-2042
Consultations, resource library, treatment referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 33 responses

  • 30% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 4% Steroids
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 3% Heroin
  • 3% Methamphetamine
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 48% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 22% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 44% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 23% Practically unlimited.
  • 45% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 13% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 10% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 13% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 32% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 45% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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