Drug Safety

Mechanicsburg, PA
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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't encountered drugs & alcohol personally since I've been here.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Messiah has a no tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. It is possible to sneak them and some kids do, but if you get caught you're pretty much out of the school.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I do not see any problems at our campus.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking and drugs both against the rules on campus. Never see it during the day and you can only catch people smoking at night in the woods or off in the back forty (big field not yet used by the campus.)

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The only drug use I have ever observed on campus is the occasional smoker despite a no smoking policy.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 12th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 25th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 56th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 69th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1266th
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ashley Offenback
Yardley, Pa.
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On the surface, Messiah's small Grantham campus seems like an alcohol- and drug-free community. And it is—mostly. Alcohol and drug usage does exist at Messiah, but it is small and well-hidden. These substances will in no way fall into your lap (they have been know, however, to occasionally be smelled), so a person who wants this type of activity will need to intentionally seek it out. Students from the local area can be helpful and often have connections to off-campus parties. The majority of students, however, do not use alcohol or drugs, and there is absolutely no pressure to do so. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to pressure one another in the opposite direction—away from these substances.

Since the use of alcohol and drugs is strictly prohibited in the Community Covenant—a set of rules all students are expected to abide by both on and off campus regardless of whether they are underage or of-age—repeat offenses are taken very seriously. Students caught drinking or doing drugs will be evaluated by a peer review board. Penalties will depend on the individual situation and can range from a reprimanding e-mail to expulsion. If a student has a serious alcohol- or drug-related problem and requests assistance voluntarily, the school is more likely to work with them through the counseling process rather than the disciplinary process.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
The Engle Center for Counseling and Health Services
(717) 691-6035
Counseling on various issues, including alcohol and drug abuse
Did You Know?
"Dew Pong," a game similar to beer pong that substitutes Mountain Dew for beer, is a fairly popular game with Messiah students seeking to have fun but abide by the rules.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 36 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 34% None
  • 17% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 64% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 25% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 63% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 37% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 38 responses

  • 3% Practically unlimited.
  • 0% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Somewhat limited.
  • 71% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 13% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 87% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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