Drug Safety

Ames, IA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: There are parties everywhere. It gets crazy.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: Unlike Iowa City, Iowa State is focused on education. Yes, people do drink and do drugs, but Iowa State isn't the number one party school in the country.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't really notice other students doing serious drugs but I don't look for it

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking seems to be a big deal to most students. I am constantly hearing people talking about going out and coming to classes hung over.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Except for at Wallace-Wilson Towers, I think it's generally not that visible, but it feels like a good percentage of artists (performance and/or visual) who are my friends or acquaintances smoke pot or cigarettes. Since I'm 22 now, most of my peers drink, but when it comes to alcohol, I find that it's much less frequently talked about or used. Perhaps it's because by the time you're 22, you grow out of it. I don't think there's much peer pressure for any substance use.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 100th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 835th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1002nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1202nd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1234th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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The drug scene exists at Iowa State, but for students who have no interest in it, it is not very visible. Drugs are accessible to those who want them, but it is rare to see them being used openly. If you are into drugs, you will find friends who can help to hook you up, but the rest don't need to worry about drug pushers or usage around them. Students keep their habits private, with the exception of alcohol, and there is little threat on campus.

If you like large universities but are worried about drugs being prominent, then ISU may be a good choice. Drugs are obtained by having connected friends, so if you don't wish to partake, chances are that your friends will not either, and you won't have to worry about it.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
Drug Counseling Programs
SCS Substance Abuse Intervention Program
Student Services Building, third floor, north of Friley Hall
(515) 294-5056
Assessments, screenings, referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 87 responses

  • 46% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 6% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 39% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 47% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 18% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 25% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% 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 86 responses

  • 17% Practically unlimited.
  • 49% Somewhat abundant.
  • 31% Somewhat limited.
  • 2% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 86 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 53% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 37% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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