Drug Safety

Altoona, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$20,794 ($13,900)
Admission Difficulty
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Penn State
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's gotten worse with more out-of-state students on campus, but law enforcement works very hard to stomp out an issue before it starts.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug scene is pretty clean. Alcohol however, that's still a huge problem. Too many people (underages) like to drink, and a lot don't know their limit. It causes a scene.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The majority of students overuse alcohol and weed to an annoying amount. You can't even sit in your apartment without the smell of weed filling your livingroom/bathrooms. The closer you are to campus the more you'll hear students screaming walking down the street and stumbling down the road.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I do not hear anyone ever talking about drugs. I have not witness peer pressure.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are no strict actions towards alcohol or weed. More dangerous drugs might be caught but it is difficult to tell if a person is on it or is just naturally loud.

On campus maybe a few activities are at a low key but majority have their bottles tucked in their closets.

Weed is very very common and out of 10 friends, 7 do it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 137th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 422nd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 879th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 881st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 912nd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bridgetta Parker
Dumfries, Va.
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The drug scene at Penn State Altoona is moderate in comparison to other big-name schools. Many students experiment with alcohol, but others do try harder drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana. The use of alcohol is very visible. In fact, some days, a noticeable number of students arrive to their classes either hungover or still drunk—this usually happens Friday mornings due to the prevalence of Thirsty Thursday.

However, just be warned: Underage students found drinking or drunk will receive an underage citation, which are taken seriously. And more than one citation can lead to having Judicial Affairs intervene, which can mean myriad options or none depending on the severity of the impunity.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
AWARE Program
Sheetz Family Health Center
(814) 949-5540
Assessment by addictions therapist, intervention workshops, self-assessments

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 22 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% None
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 18% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 32% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% 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 23 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 39% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 30% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 22 responses

  • 18% Practically unlimited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 14% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 36% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 50% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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