Drug Safety

Saratoga Springs, NY
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's a college. Lots of people drink and and some do drugs. Pot is common, harder drugs are much less common. It's not as big of a deal as some make it out to be. No one cares if you choose not to drink and/or smoke. It's not that visible and you won't see it unless you're looking for it.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: YOu don't have to do alcohol or drugs if you don't want to...no one cares if you don't.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students drink and smoke pot, but if that isn't for you, there are plenty of other things to do. Nobody is judged based on whether they do these things. If you feel unsafe, campus safety is more here to help you than get you in trouble.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no pressure to do drugs - if you don't actively look for weed or alcohol, then you won't encounter it too much.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: We're rated #1 reefer madness - if you like to smoke weed, so does everyone else. That being said, it's not in your face. A couple dorms are known for smelling strongly like it, but in general people are pretty respectful about doing it other places and not stinking up the whole floor.

Drinking is only really inside rooms and apartments, if you're caught with it you'll get in serious trouble so it's pretty covert. It's still pretty possible though.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 62nd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1166th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1202nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1273rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1334th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caroline Wurtzel
Great Neck, NY
English (Studio Art Minor)
Grad Year
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Drugs at Skidmore are certainly present, but mostly if you want them. Aside from drinking alcohol, marijuana is the most popular/common drug around campus—smoking is certainly not limited to the weekends at Skidmore. Skidmore has had a "stoner school" reputation, and it warrants that reputation to an extent; however, if you do not want to smoke pot, you're not forced to by any means, but you will certainly be around it to some extent (factors include: the friends you choose, the neighbors you have in your dorms/apartments, and the weekend activities you attend). Other recreational drugs on campus include cocaine, shrooms, and ecstasy. Some students also choose to take Adderall or other "study drugs." All of these drugs are less apparent on campus, but they are certainly present if you want them. Drinking is most common on campus on the weekends (Thursday through Saturday), and is probably the most popular form of partying on campus.  

Campus Safety and the administration are not blind to the drug use and drinking on campus, but they are not necessarily looking for it, either. The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) policy was recently revised to make it a cumulative point system (you gather points for certain offenses throughout your four years; if you rack up enough points, you will be suspended). However, the only way Campus Safety will really get you in trouble is if you are being extremely obvious in either drinking/parties (loud talking, music, noise complaints) or smoking (smell).  

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Jonsson Tower, first floor
Saratoga Springs
(518) 580-5555
Individual counseling is available, in addition to referrals.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 28 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 38% Marijuana
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% None
  • 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 28 responses

  • 36% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 57% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 29 responses

  • 28% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 55% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% Practically unlimited.
  • 79% Somewhat abundant.
  • 4% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 64% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 25% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.


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