Drug Safety

Malibu, CA
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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I never saw any alcohol or drugs on campus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not a big deal at all. Yes, people drink, but rarely on campus.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't seen any drugs at Pepperdine.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are more of a personal choice than a group event, alcohol is the main choice of the population, even then its more of a subculture. your not going to see people sitting around with alcohol. You see it at parties, and the occasional beach party or kickback. The thing about Pepperdine is that students don't care if you do or you don't, what you do is your choice no one is going to make you do anything.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Some do it, but not most students

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 46th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 62nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 90th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 90th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1245th
    Most Social Drinkers

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Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Reading the disparity of student perceptions of the Pepperdine drug scene tells a lot about drug use on campus. Some have never noticed much of a drug scene at all, while others insist that expensive drugs are "very big" on campus. A logical inference is that whatever serious drugs students snort, swallow, or inhale are being used either off campus, or in an extremely covert manner. If they weren't, it would not be long before a sharp RA or Public Safety officer would catch the offending students.

Despite the conservative Christian atmosphere and campus regulations, Pepperdine is still college, and many students will still experiment with drugs. But compared to other college campuses, drug use at Pepperdine is minimal. Even the long-haired guy in the beat-up van with Vermont plates and a "Free Tibet" bumper sticker is liable to pass on grass. You just never can tell. And despite the talk about some students using cocaine and other serious drugs, it's virtually impossible to find yourself in such an environment-unless you intentionally put yourself there.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
The Health Center
(310) 506-4316
Literature on alcohol and drug abuse, counseling, and referrals
Drug Counseling Programs
The Student Counseling Center
(310) 506-4210
Individual counseling, support groups, psychological consultation and care

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 40 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 23% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 19% None
  • 4% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 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 40 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 5% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 35% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 38% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 48% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 50% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 40 responses

  • 0% Practically unlimited.
  • 18% Somewhat abundant.
  • 42% Somewhat limited.
  • 40% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 3% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 21% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 77% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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