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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The visibility of drugs on campus is low. The university has serious repercussions for students that are caught with drugs and or alcohol.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No one can force you to do drugs on campus, students experiment at their own will.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Howard is a "dry campus" but many students will drink and smoke anyway, just usually not in a very visible place.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: Again Howard is very strict about drug use and underage drinking. My opinion if you want to continue to live on campus don't do it

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It may not be visible but is noticeable by the smell.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 154th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1148th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1162nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1185th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1314th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
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Drugs are virtually nonexistent at Howard, but realistically speaking, there are definitely a few individuals who take it upon themselves to use and sell drugs. Most students don't use drugs, however, and a new student would have to work kind of hard to find a regular hookup. Students don't really talk about the presence of drugs on campus or lack thereof, so you would be hard-pressed to find someone that would initiate a drug-related conversation with you. And since there is no social pressure at Howard to do anything to fit in other than just to be yourself, you're not going to find any drugs unless you're looking for them, and even that's going to be a challenge. The dorms are basically the same way. RAs are consistently prowling the hallways in search of general dorm violations, and even when they're not, there will always be someone on your floor who would only be too happy to report you to the authorities. Given the neighborhood's past history of drug dealers and users, the city police are always patrolling the local areas, and they can be real jerks, too. So even though there's always a chance of running into a dealer when the police are not around, it's highly unlikely. And, all in all, such events rarely occur by accident.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Office of Residence Life
(202) 806-5661
General student counseling, programs dealing with stress management, drugs and alcohol, and the adjustment to college
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Center
(202) 806-7540
One-session programs in various settings for groups on substance abuse and drug education for athletes
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling Service
(202) 806-6870
Confidential support, assessment, and referrals for students with substance abuse problems or concerns

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 121 responses

  • 42% Marijuana
  • 39% Alcohol
  • 7% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 121 responses

  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 32% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 120 responses

  • 22% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 41% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 13% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 120 responses

  • 24% Practically unlimited.
  • 42% Somewhat abundant.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 14% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 119 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 3% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 61% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 32% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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