Drug Safety

Irvine, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The only place that alcohol consumption is visible at the pub which is the only place to drink and only students 21 and older are allowed.

2 College Student

Drug Safety: It's pretty bad considering how many kids do drugs or alcohol

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I havent really had problems with the any type of drug. But I'm dont participate in that kind of activities either.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is no discernable alcohol visibility or drug usage that I know of at UCI.

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not into the drug scene

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 392nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 461st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 498th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 587th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 839th
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hawthorne, CA
Business Economics
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Drugs are among the least of UCI’s problems on campus. Beyond a few dabbling pot smokers here and there, everyone lives in a blissful bubble, ignorant of drug use or crime of any kind. In Southern California, this makes a lot of sense, especially considering how morally conservative and health conscious most of the county is. The campus police, local citizens, and the majority of the student body just wouldn’t put up with heavy drug trafficking and usage on or around campus. Even frequent party-goers at UCI admit that they rarely run into anything harder than alcohol and marijuana at on-campus or off-campus parties, even though they know that if they wanted to get it, there’d be somebody around who could provide it. The fact that many UCI students are so involved in their academics also plays a part in the relatively scarce drug scene here.

Despite being home to many young people who enjoy living the fast life of luxury cars, clothes, and money, UCI’s students are nevertheless grounded in their routine of letting their parents buy them everything, rather than doing anything foolish that might veer them off their path of becoming one of America’s elite citizens. “Foolish” would be hardcore drug usage, serious drinking, or anything else that could jeopardize their college education.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
The Office of Student Affairs
(949) 824-7256
Personal counseling, advisement
Drug Counseling Programs
UCI Counseling Center
(949) 824-6457
Alcohol assessment services, short-term counseling, alcohol-related literature
Drug Counseling Programs
UCI Health Education Center
(949) 824-9355
Assessments, educational programming for groups/organizations
Drug Counseling Programs
UCI Student Health Services
(949) 824-5304
Alcohol dependency assessments, evaluation of alcohol on physical well-being

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 109 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 27% Marijuana
  • 16% None
  • 10% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 24% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 32% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% 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 110 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 5% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 23% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 55% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 109 responses

  • 9% Practically unlimited.
  • 33% Somewhat abundant.
  • 39% Somewhat limited.
  • 18% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 109 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 6% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 40% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 51% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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