Drug Safety

Swarthmore, PA
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a definite drug presence at Swarthmore, but it's mostly just marijuana. There are certainly people who use harder drugs, but it's a niche population and no one ever gets hurt. Alcohol is also quite present and easy to come by, but by no means does everyone drink, and the social scene that doesn't involve drugs and alcohol is strong. For the most part, people are way too busy to get heavily into alcohol and drugs. Public Safety acknowledges that drinking and drug use are going to happen, so they do everything they can to make campus a safe environment for us. As a result of our safety net, visibility is pretty high, but most students are respectful of those who choose not to partake and, for the most part, no one gets hurt.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Swarthmore is nowhere near as bad about drugs as many larger colleges are. There certainly are students who use drugs, but they won't be particularly noticeable, depending on which dorm you live in (Willets Hall is well known for drug use) and who you hang out with. There's little to no pressure to partake in drug use, and it doesn't decrease safety around campus. Alcohol is a much bigger threat here.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: More Drinking Than Drugs – To be honest, most of the time I see students drinking. Weed is pretty popular here and a few folks will light up outside the dorms, at parties, etc. The campus is pretty lax about these kinds of things, I have not heard of hardcore abuse to be honest.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Safe to Experiment, Chill If You Don't – If you want drugs or alcohol, they are readily available. The campus police do not interfere unless someone is in danger because you've contacted them. Most people do not care whether or not you drink and/or do drugs, but often when someone expresses they abstain from drinking, they will be asked why they choose to do so (it is actually that liberal here, in my experience). I don't see it as an environment that pressures people to participate in drinking or doing drugs, but as someone who is comfortable with both activities, I may have a skewed perspective.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol is certainly the most popular choice. If you stay within campus, there is substantial freedom as to your actions. Drug usage is usually limited to smoking, and people are very tolerant and open to whatever you choose to do, whether it be to partake in it or not at all.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 250th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 430th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1089th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1127th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1277th
    Least Underage Drinkers

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Sudarshan Gopaladesikan
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Math and Engineering
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The drug scene on campus is present but tends to affect different students in different ways and is not at all intimidating. Like any “we-put-the-liberal-in-liberal-arts” college, marijuana use is relatively widespread, and the administration generally turns a blind eye to any petty use that may rear its head. But, other than marijuana, there are very few drugs that have a visible position in campus life. Anyone wishing to abstain from drug use will easily able to do so, and there are, at least seemingly, few cases of serious drug abuse on campus.

Alcohol, the other widespread drug on campus, is very easy to come by, particularly on weekends when campus parties are often flowing with it. The alcohol scene at Swarthmore is not nearly as bad as at other schools, however, and anyone wishing to resist can do so without the risk of being ostracized. While Swarthmore has its share of people who have hangovers and hospital visits (none serious), few chronic cases of alcohol abuse seem to be present.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol Education and Intervention Specialist
Parrish 153
On campus
(610) 328-8475
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholism and Addictions Council of Delaware County
225 S. 69th St.
Upper Darby
(610) 352-8943
Adolescents programs
Drug Counseling Programs
Crozer-Chester Medical Center Outpatient Substance Abuse Services
Community Hospital, 2600 W. 9th St.
(610) 497-7200
DUI program, outpatient treatment, tobacco cessation

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 14 responses

  • 47% Marijuana
  • 43% Alcohol
  • 7% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 17% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 67% 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% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 23% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 46% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 31% 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 13 responses

  • 62% Practically unlimited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 0% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 29% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 64% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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