Drug Safety

Houston, TX
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: not a bad seene at all.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of weed on-campus. You'll definitely find people who do that. There's definitely a harder underground drug-culture, as evidenced by the two deaths this year, but that's not noticeable at all. You'd really have to seek it out.

The public parties are fun for people who don't drink if they like dancing, but more private parties would be pretty awkward if you don't drink. However, people who don't drink have fun if their friends don't as well.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: There is no Greek life and little access to drugs

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Beer is definitely prevalent but there is absolutely no pressure to drink unless you want to. Lots of Rice students don't drink and lead great social lives. People here respect each other's decisions so nobody judges non-drinkers and vice versa.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: They're getting stricter, so we're seeing more problems. Did problems exist before they started cracking down? I'm not sure, but I liked how life was when the alcohol policy was more lax when I was a freshman.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 176th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 893rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1017th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1160th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1307th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Most students feel that drugs are a non-issue at Rice. People that want them can seek them out, but for the most part, you will rarely encounter anything other than alcohol unless you go looking for it. At Rice parties, alcohol plays a very key role, and it’s highly visible, but drugs are not. Nevertheless, it's very feasible to have a normal and happy social life without partaking in drugs or alcohol.  

As far as the scene itself goes, pot is definitely the most widely-used illegal substance—most people who do experiment with drugs do so carefully, and very few students are ever expelled over drugs. All in all, the drug scene at Rice is practically invisible. As with anywhere, it can be sought out, but it is certainly not prevalent and unavoidable.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Rice Counseling Center
Morton L. Rich Health Service Center/Barbara David Gibbs Recreation & Wellness Center
(713) 348-4867
Students can seek help for misuse of alcohol and other drugs; they can also go to the counseling center if they worry about the well-being of another student abusing such substances.
Did You Know?
Each residential college has a chief justice who is a student in charge of keeping the college safe and free from any run-ins with the police.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 31 responses

  • 44% Alcohol
  • 36% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 32% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 39% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 48% 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 31 responses

  • 52% Practically unlimited.
  • 32% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 3% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 10% 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.
  • 39% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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