Drug Safety

Stanford, CA
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Stanford has an amazingly progressive policy when it comes to drugs and alcohol. The open-door policy in dorms generally means people are much safer than ordinarily, and feel comfortable going to staff if they need help. Alcohol is a part of campus life, as is weed, but plenty of people don't partake. Peer pressure is not an issue. Campus police are very lax, which encourages moderation and no need to hide things for fear of being punished. This absolutely encourages safety.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a very open drinking policy that encourages safety and good choices over implementing crack-downs.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of people drink on the weekends, but not in excess, so it's fun.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't personally feel pressure, people are very open, but I know a lot of people do drink.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The open-door policy is great, it allows students to have fun and drink in the dorm rooms with the trusted responsibility that they will make good decisions and if they don't, the RAs are very helpful and understanding. My dorm is pretty lowkey so we don't experience a lot of people throwing up after nights of drinking or having to be transported or anything, but I know other freshman dorms have more problems with these things. If you choose not to partake, though it's really not a problem at all and nobody will think less of you. In my dorm it actually takes more effort to partake and find opportunities to party than to not.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 168th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 699th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 988th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1167th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1327th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
Communications, Spanish
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Drugs don’t appear to be a major part of life at Stanford. The most popular substance that is used, and sometimes abused, is alcohol. The only drug that students mention with frequency is marijuana, which is probably more popular at Stanford than smoking cigarettes. Most Stanford students have never used or even witnessed others using anything harder than pot. Students are generally happy with the level of drug use (or, more appropriately, lack of drug use) on campus. Both the drinkers and pot smokers do their own thing and generally don’t cause problems for others. If you’re not into drugs, you won’t be subjected to any real social pressure to try them.

Most students at Stanford drink, and probably 20 to 25 percent of students smoke pot to some extent, ranging from isolated experimentation to near-daily usage. The use of harder drugs is very limited. That’s not to say that drugs are entirely absent from campus, but certainly they're nothing to be concerned with. At a school where academics outweigh nearly every other scene, you’re not likely to find many students willing to compromise their studies for a quick fix of any kind.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Stanford Faculty and Staff Help Center (FSHC)
Mariposa House, second floor, 585 Capistrano Way
(650) 723-4577
Students can get help for substance abuse and codependency, as well as other drug-related and non-drug-related issues.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 44 responses

  • 44% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Heroin
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 11% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 57% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 2% 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 44 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 2% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 48% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 41% 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 43 responses

  • 44% Practically unlimited.
  • 49% Somewhat abundant.
  • 0% Somewhat limited.
  • 7% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 5% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 51% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 42% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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