Drug Safety

Location
Dekalb, IL
Undergrads
14,494
Tuition (in-state)
$22,554 ($13,066)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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College Senior

Drug Safety: I don't go out to the bars, or house parties, or hang out with anyone around here. So I don't exactly know how the society around here reacts to alcohol/drugs. I only see people loitering around outside drinking occasionaly.

4 College Student

Drug Safety: Other than liquor, people who use drugs tend to keep to themselves.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol consumption is a pillar of the NIU social life and is very pronounced. On popular party nights and days with sport events, for example, drunk students and visitors line public areas around campus. Drug usage is also a popular activity among students, and parties are often to host drug use. Furthermore, drugs are very accessible. Campus and local authorities are very forgiving of public drunkenness and underage drinking, but seem to have a very low tolerance for any other substance.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: NIU is known as a party school. Pretty much everyone goes out to party starting on Thursdays, that's why I usually go home on the weekends.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: not too bad. no one forces people to buy drugs but it's available if you want it

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 205th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1104th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1131st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1165th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1264th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alcohol is the No. 1 drug of choice on campus, and it's widely available to everyone, including minors. Many students drink heavily and would be considered alcoholics in any other environment. "Soft" drugs like marijuana are also quite prevalent and not hard to find if you know the right kind of people. Students make little attempt to hide these habits and often flaunt them. Thankfully, harder drugs like heroin and cocaine are not in wide use, and most students seem to understand the health risks associated with them. It's not uncommon to smell weed on your dorm floor despite a ban on smoking, although maybe it's just an honest mistake and the pot smokers didn't understand the administration wasn't just targeting tobacco cigarettes. Probably not, though, as there is a real disregard for the law and lack of respect for fellow students demonstrated by drug users on a continual basis. This being a college campus, peer pressure is a constant, yet passive presence in the lives of most students. Many a high-minded individual starts college looking down on those who waste their time and money on booze, only to be seduced by the fun and debauchery. Honestly, prepare for a sucky, isolated existence if you don't drink at NIU.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
247
Alcohol-Related Arrests
34
Drug-Related Referrals
73
Drug-Related Arrests
42
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
  • Tranquilizers
Drug Counseling Programs
Ben Gordon Center
12 Health Services Dr.
(815) 756-4875
Comprehensive assessment of alcohol/drug use and recommendations
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Student Development Center
Campus Life Building 200
(815) 753-1206
Alcohol assessment services, psychological counseling, group counseling,
Drug Counseling Programs
Crisis Line
(815) 758-6655
Confidential, 24-hour telephone counseling
Drug Counseling Programs
The Office of Student Affairs
Altgeld Hall 208
(815) 753-1573
Educational programming for groups/organization
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Services
(815) 753-1311
Alcohol dependency assessments, evaluation of alcohol on physical well-being

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 83 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 37% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 83 responses

  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 83 responses

  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 17% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 84 responses

  • 23% Practically unlimited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 33% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 84 responses

  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 52% 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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