Drug Safety

Santa Clara, CA
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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is a lot of cocaine because its california, but there is no peer pressure and I usually dont even notice that people are doing drugs

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Partying takes place, no pressure.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many students drink at SCU, more and more heavily than the national average. Still, you can not drink at campus and still fit in just fine and have a great college experience. Drug use is primarily marijuana which is very prevalent, but again not necessary to have a good time. Cocaine is the next biggest drug, but it's mostly just off campus and relatively underground. Again, you can not do any illicit substances throughout college and still be perfectly normal.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school takes drug abuse very seriously. If drugs are being used, they are probably used off campus. Otherwise, they do not tolerate it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: if you're going to use drugs/ experiment... just do so safely. :)


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 59th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1212nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1253rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1274th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1314th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
English and French
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The drug scene at Santa Clara is pretty tame, centering mostly around alcohol and marijuana. While both are commonly used among students, alcohol tends to be most students' drug of choice. While many students drink, not all do, and campus organizations are pretty good about offering alternative activities for those who don't. Students who choose not to drink usually aren't pressured to do so, but some may feel left out at big off-campus parties where almost everyone else is engaged in some drinking-related activity.

Campus Safety strictly enforces campus alcohol and drug policies. Depending on the violation, students caught drinking underage or using drugs can get stuck with a fine between $50 and $100, community service, and a letter sent home. But students usually only get caught if they're visibly intoxicated or making a lot of noise in their rooms, so avoiding trouble just requires using common sense.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs"
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Cowell Center
Santa Clara
(408) 554-4172
Twelve-step support groups are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 47 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 2% None
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 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 47 responses

  • 21% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 64% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 51% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 30% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 47 responses

  • 45% Practically unlimited.
  • 43% Somewhat abundant.
  • 6% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 46 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% 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.
  • 33% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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