Drug Safety

Marlboro, VT
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People look out for each other. I wouldn't consider this an issue.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There isn't a hardcore drug scene on Marlboro due to our small numbers and lack of interest in taking hard drugs. There are some students who drink and smoke weed but there isn't a sense of peer pressure that you need to do those things if you don't want to and you can participate in all events without needing to partake in drugs. Visibility is beneficial in the sense that there isn't a super underground scene where dangerous drinking or drug-usage is occurring. We look out for each other generally and students notice when someone is having a hard time.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No Peer Pressure, but It's There If You Want It – At Marlboro College, no one is going to force you to do anything you don't want to do. However, if you want to get high, drunk, or alter your state of mind in some other way, the options are totally available to you. There are some people on campus that are completely chem-free, and there is chem-free housing, and then there are other people who love Adderall. It's really not a big deal either way.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Whatever Crowd You Prefer. Peer pressure doesn't really exist at Marlboro, so don't ever expect to be pressured into doing drugs/alcohol here. There are no Greek groups on campus as well, so alcohol fueled shenanigans are kept to a minimum. Like most liberal arts colleges in the country, drugs are present on campus. That being said, if you want to stay away from drugs/alcohol there is a strong Chem-free community here.

Niche User

Drug Safety: Marlboro has the typical liberal arts college fare when it comes to drugs: lots of pot, with the occasional availability of hallucinogens. Drinking is fairly subdued compared to other colleges.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 381st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 666th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 951st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1066th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1201st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Drugs are prevalent at Marlboro College, mostly marijuana and alcohol. These act as social lubricants, stress relievers, and breaks from reality for many students. Though widely used, drugs and alcohol are almost never pushed upon individuals. If there is a party where drinking and smoking is going on, people will offer you what they have but will not criticize your decision to say no. People at Marlboro generally respect one another's beliefs and will not persist to change them. It's pretty easy to stand up for what you believe in here.

Campus is fairly lax about its drug and alcohol policy. That's probably because it has never gotten out of control, and the student population manages their responsibilities fairly efficiently. If students have a problem with drugs and alcohol, they always have RAs looking after them, making sure they're not flying off course. If indeed someone has a problem, the RAs are there to take the necessary steps to help someone out. They become great resources for those struggling with substance abuse. Drugs are not necessarily a problem at Marlboro, though they are widely used. Students manage to keep themselves under control.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco
Drug Counseling Programs
Total Health Center
Total Health Center
(802) 258-9335

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 8 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 5% None
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 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 8 responses

  • 25% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 62% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% 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 would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 75% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 25% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% 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 7 responses

  • 43% Practically unlimited.
  • 57% Somewhat abundant.
  • 0% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 7 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 43% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 57% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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