Drug Safety

Troy, NY
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not bad. Most stuff happens at fraternities and they have a lot of rules to follow so mostly things stay well under control and the people throwing parties are cooperative with authorities and local residents. However, many people do go out, mainly because of stress from the classes. Although I do have a large friend group who never drink at all and they get along just fine so it's not a high peer pressure environment.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are lots of parties, but the party scene is non-existent if you want it to be. Party if you want to, but nobody is going to think anything of if you don't.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is available at fraternity houses but drugs are rarely used

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not many kids do drugs but a lot do drink (probably to relieve the stress of engineering)

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Absolutely no one feels pressured to drink or take drugs in order to socialize with others. Everyone has a good time without alcohol or drugs.Usage isn't too visible, people generally take care of each other making sure that people are safe and don't overdo it. The most used drugs on campus are to lessen the need for sleep in order to study more, which can be detrimental. Depending on the type of person you are, you may pressure yourself into taking these, but they aren't needed. There are many helpful academic options that can substitute for this stress.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 410th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 775th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 881st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 927th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1110th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Holmes, NY
Chemical Engineering
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The main drug in use on campus is marijuana. Stimulants are also fairly common during exams. RPI is not much different from most campuses in this respect. Most students prefer alcohol, with marijuana coming in a distant second. Overall, the campus has very few problems; even the number of reported incidents is low, considering the size of the campus.

Basically, any drug scene at RPI is limited to those who want to be in it. There is no pressure to do anything if you don't want to, and those groups that choose to use drugs mainly stick to themselves. It's important to remember that there are drugs out there. If you don't want them, however, you could probably go through four years and never see a thing.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Various stimulants
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Center Counseling
Student Health Center, 3200 Academy Hall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY
(518) 276-6287
Individual therapy, faculty/staff consultation

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 24 responses

  • 45% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 12% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 42% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% 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 24 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 42% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 22% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 26% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 30% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 57% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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