Drug Safety

New Brunswick, NJ
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Drug Safety: I don't know about the drug safety status.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Although many students do take part is a variety of social drugs such as alcohol and marijuana, the safety and security of Rutgers keeps it under control.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug safety hasn't really shown any significance on campus. I fel like people just bring drugs wherever they want with no fear of gettin caught

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of people smoke and drink, but there's really no pressure to partake. If you get caught drinking underage, you could receive disciplinary action.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is the occasional group of people who will smoke weed during a party, most likely on the dance floor. Nobody ever really pressures you to smoke though. There are other students who deal other drugs such as ecstasy or molly especially with the rise of electronic dance music festivals and concerts. As for harder drugs like cocaine or heroin, that is never discussed openly.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 18th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1172nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1306th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1316th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1316th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Jill Weiss
Ardsley, NY
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In certain freshman residence halls, students will mysteriously go to the back of the building, returning 20 minutes later in a much happier state. There is nothing at all in the back of the dorm to make them happy except a lot of trees. That’s how you can describe the drug scene at Rutgers. People can do what they want to do, and it isn’t crazily talked about. Students can, however, get caught smoking weed or taking other drugs, especially if the drugs are in their rooms. Many times the RAs will walk around at night and see if they smell anything funny coming from the dorm rooms. While drugs are prevalent on campus, it is more common to get caught drinking in the dorms. Freshmen are primarily the ones who get caught since they are especially dumb about drinking. They are known to leave their doors open with alcohol in hand, as if they are asking the RA to catch them. The RAs are far stricter in freshman dorms than in upperclassmen ones, so first-year students have to be extremely mindful of their actions.

In recent years, it seems as that the biggest drugs on campus are Ritalin or Adderall. During midterms and finals, students take these drugs to stay awake to study throughout the night. It is very common to walk into a lounge at 5 a.m. in a residence hall and see 25 people wide awake and studying. Students don’t think of these as drugs, and it is very easy to find them. Whenever a student is caught with alcohol or drugs on campus, they are sent to drug counseling and have to complete community service. Students caught with alcohol mostly have to work in the dining halls. To avoid this public humiliation, be careful with alcohol, and don’t do any drugs inside the dorms.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Health Services

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 155 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 156 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 155 responses

  • 34% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 155 responses

  • 25% Practically unlimited.
  • 53% Somewhat abundant.
  • 16% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 155 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 12% 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.
  • 37% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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