Drug Safety

Location
Evanston, IL
Undergrads
8,542
Tuition
$43,779
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people here drink, but much less do drugs.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is very easy to get and predominates, although pot is pretty visible too. Personally, I don't see much else, although I wouldn't have much trouble finding other things if I wanted them. There's very little pressure to do anything you're not comfortable with, except that a huge portion of the social scene centers around heavy drinking. No one will force you, but I can't say making friends isn't easier if you do. Evanston police, in my experience, mostly care about student safety and making sure you're not waking up half the neighborhood (Evanston is a family town) by being a drunken nuisance...which sucks when you want to be a drunken nuisance because goddammit it's college but all in all is a good thing.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking is definitely very visible. For all ages. Drugs not as visible but done.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is very little peer pressure to do drugs or to drink. Students are usually respectful of your choices on each topic. In addition, the campus police usually come to break up rowdy parties.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: As someone who's not a heavy drinker/partier, I'm happy to say that I feel no pressure to drink excessively or join Greek life when I go out. However, the parties are probably a bit more tame than those of other Big Ten schools, which might be a drawback for some.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 90th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1058th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1169th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1223rd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1237th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shayna Starr
Hometown
Houston, Texas
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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When it comes to drugs and drinking, the general consensus is that students are free to choose what they want to take part in, and there will be no consequences for choosing to be sober. As for drugs, the most common, by far, is pot. If that’s your thing, you are likely to find others to light up with, but if not, there is no pressure to partake. Pot is mostly found in social settings, like off-campus parties, but even so, it’s usually in a back room somewhere, hidden from the general public. The smell tends to emanate throughout the party, but if you want to smoke, you have to go find it. A few students also use prescription “study drugs” like Adderall and Ritalin, but again, if that’s your thing, seek it out. If it’s not, you can go your entire career at Northwestern and never come across it. Drugs like these are used entirely by choice and will never be forced upon those who aren't interested.

However, the ultimate campus drug of choice is alcohol. The social drinking scene is pretty noticeable, and alcohol is fairly easy to obtain for underage students. But the drinking is mostly contained to off-campus apartments or fraternity parties. If you’re looking to drink, just walk into a frat party, and you will find mixed drinks and shots galore, not to mention the kegs and refrigerators full of beer found at many off-campus parties. But again, you choose your experience. You have to go to the alcohol if you want it; it won’t approach you. If you want to drink yourself into a stupor every Friday night, there are plenty of opportunities for that, but if you want a more toned-down experience, you are able to find that, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
340
Alcohol-Related Arrests
18
Drug-Related Referrals
22
Drug-Related Arrests
8
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Searle Hall, 633 Emerson St.
Evanston
(847) 491-2151
Therapy, workshops

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 44 responses

  • 43% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 13% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 43 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 16% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 47% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 64% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 11% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 2% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 13% Practically unlimited.
  • 72% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 2% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 66% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 25% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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