Drug Safety

Ithaca, NY
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It really is just alright, there is not much pressure.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: there's lots of drugs if you want them

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: IC is known as a "stoner school" and many students here openly smoke as well as drink. Campus safety is used to this and has a pretty limited enforcement for this, and many people can get away with openly smoking and drinking around campus as long as they are not causing any harm.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The entire town is known for drug usage but is very safe so I don't believe that there is any problem. I don't partake in drug use and can say this. I have not felt any peer pressure, drinking and doing drugs is very common in college students; people are discovering themselves.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Of course people drink, smoke. But if you don't want to, no one will force you.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 81st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1178th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1253rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1291st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1336th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jennifer Segal
Newton ,MA
Communication Management
Grad Year
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There’s no doubt that IC students partake in the use of illegal substances. There are even times when students go to class high or smoke pot in public places. This is not to say that all students are potheads or even close to it; if students don’t want to have any run-ins with drugs, it is totally possible to do so. If students want to find some place to get high or enjoy baked goods on a regular basis, that can happen, as well. IC is not a dry campus, meaning that students are permitted to have alcohol on campus if they are 21-and-up. The under-21 crowd does its fair share of drinking, too, but once again, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to touch a drop. Mainly, it’s up to the individual to decide what kind of lifestyle he or she wants to lead.

Although a number of students use illegal substances or drink before they turn 21, the scene isn’t so prevalent that it makes other students uncomfortable if they want to be drug-free. Many students start trying out drugs when they get to Ithaca College, and others remain drug-free. Health Center’s drug counseling program is available to help students if they need it, and Public Safety officers work to control any substance problems that arise on campus. It's also worth noting that while drug use and alcohol consumption are fairly consistent throughout the year, during the beginning and end of the semester, there is an increase in student usage.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Center for Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Hammond Health Center, ground floor
(607) 274-3136
In addition to personal counseling, referrals are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 55 responses

  • 36% Marijuana
  • 35% Alcohol
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 5% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% None
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 15% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 65% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 55 responses

  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 25% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 13% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 54 responses

  • 19% Practically unlimited.
  • 54% Somewhat abundant.
  • 24% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 54 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 67% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 17% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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