Drug Safety

University Park, PA
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
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2 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's Penn State.

We're THE party school.

This is both good and bad.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No pressure to do it, more alcohol abuse than drugs

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: No one is peer pressured into taking drugs

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are easy to get. Usage is often.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Very safe nothing to worry about


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 24th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1144th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1252nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1291st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1311st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Whitehall, PA
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Penn State does not have a strong reputation as a drug school. Marijuana can be prevalent in some circles, but certainly does not control the campus. Prescription drugs, like Adderall, tend to make an appearance around finals week, but widespread use is not common. Local law enforcement has done a good job of locking up dealers and breaking up drug rings.

Alcohol is a different story. Heavy drinking becomes a problem for not only the University, but the surrounding area as well. Football weekends and holidays, like Halloween and Saint Patrick’s Day, result in high increases of police calls and hospital visits. Drinking is highly targeted on campus, which results in more illegal behavior downtown. Responsible drinking is always preached but not always practiced.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Education Services
Room 201 of the Student Health Center
(814) 863-0137
Alcohol Intervention Programs (AIP Levels 1 and 2; Level 3 is provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)), Marijuana Intervention Program (MIP)
Drug Counseling Programs
Centre County Drug & Alcohol
Willowbank Building, ground floor
(814) 355-6744
Drug Counseling Programs
Community Help Centre
139 S. Pugh St.
State College
(814) 237-5855

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 223 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 223 responses

  • 45% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 30% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 223 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 17% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 223 responses

  • 31% Practically unlimited.
  • 43% Somewhat abundant.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 10% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 223 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 18% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 48% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 33% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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