Drug Safety

Providence, RI
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big problem on campus.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure. If you choose not to drink while partying, it is fine.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Im fine with it. Im a lot older than some students and I know they want to try new things, but after a year yo rarely see them do drugs. But, there has been a growing number of Koreans smoking cigarettes..

5 Recent Alumnus


1 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Uncountable amount of people smoking marijuana here. You can smell it anywhere and everywhere in the city at random points in time. Your roommate will smoke. Your dorm mate will smoke. Your suite mate will smoke. So just be aware to notify the proper people so you do not get in trouble. It's a very sticky situation because people look down upon those who don't drink and do drugs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 318th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 533rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 801st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 963rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1000th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students

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Helen Koh
Chicago, IL
Graphic Design/Painting
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The drug scene at RISD is something that exists behind closed doors. It’s definitely around, and if you look hard enough, you can find what you want, but most people don’t get mixed up in anything worse than pot, though there is some talk about the use of ‘shrooms. You will not find yourself at a party with loads of coke lines on the table or bags of pot around with smoking circles in every corner. If there is some drug use at a party, unless you are participating, you probably won’t even know about it because there are too many other students around dancing and talking without being under the influence of anything. Most students don’t even recognize the use of any hard drugs on campus.

There is a manageable amount of drinking around, but for most people, it’s not for more than one night a week. There is also a small section of students who abuse caffeine and prescription drugs in order to stay awake and continue work, but mostly that’s during finals. There is also a small population that smokes, but it isn’t a major issue on campus. The bottom line is that students work too hard to distract themselves with a lot of drugs and drinking. What they do is too important to them to throw away, and students who have been more into recreational use find themselves failing because they can’t keep up in class.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
RISD Counseling Services
(401) 454-6637
Short-term counseling, referrals for long-term counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 13 responses

  • 39% Marijuana
  • 36% Alcohol
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 7% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% 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 14 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 29% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 21% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 21% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 29% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 50% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% Practically unlimited.
  • 15% Somewhat abundant.
  • 46% Somewhat limited.
  • 31% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 13 responses

  • 8% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 8% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 31% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 54% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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