Drug Safety

Berkeley, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are not hard to come by at Berkeley. You can always smell weed somewhere and you can always find alcohol at a frat party.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't know anybody that does any drugs. Alcohol, though is another story. There is plenty of alcohol.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The only incident with drugs that I have witnessed are two people rolling their joints. But they had a license to do so

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I don't think its particularly worse here than other college campuses.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The RA's & SM's have been high during check-in...


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 202nd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1088th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1128th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1198th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1319th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Granite Bay, CA
Political science
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Despite Berkeley’s well-known hippie-stoner reputation, the drug scene is not intrusive. If you want drugs, they’re easy to find, but if you aren’t interested, they’re easy to avoid. Still, people who are uncomfortable with drugs should realize that they will hear about them much more than at home. At parties, pot is treated kind of like cigarettes—you may see it, but nobody will force it on you, and it's easy to walk by. And it's easy to sit there and talk to the smokers without feeling pressured to try it yourself. Many students try smoking marijuana at least once or use it occasionally without making it an important part of their lifestyles.

Marijuana is by far the most pervasive drug on campus. 4/20 is a campus holiday of sorts, and many students are brave enough to smoke in public. It is not surprising to see someone on other drugs such as cocaine, psychedelics, or ecstasy, though these harder drugs are used much less openly. Many students have an “I’ll try anything once” philosophy but don’t continue to use them after the first time. Prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are popular, especially before big tests, among many students who don’t use other drugs. While there are occasional drug busts, users shouldn't worry much about getting caught—UCPD seems to focus more on frat parties and public drunkenness.


Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Tang Center's Alcohol and Drug Counseling
(510) 642-6074

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 125 responses

  • 37% Marijuana
  • 35% Alcohol
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% None
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 125 responses

  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 9% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 125 responses

  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 26% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 22% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 125 responses

  • 17% Practically unlimited.
  • 57% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 8% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 125 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 49% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 34% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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