Drug Safety

Merced, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,948 ($13,070)
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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't drink/smoke so I wouldn't know.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Peer pressure really isn't an issue but a lot of students still abuse drugs on and off campus.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I personally have never witnessed any drug use on campus. I've heard very little talk about parties where alcohol was present. The most serious thing that had to do with drugs that I noticed on campus was the smell of Marijuana in the hallway of one of the dorm buildings. However, I did not know who it was that was smoking the Marijuana.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are serious measures taken if a student is caught with drugs or alcohol on campus. Not many students have been caught in this situation, but a few have. These students' punishments range from having to attend a mandatory workshop and write about to being kicked out of school.

College Student

Drug Safety: Since I have not experienced much at the university, I can not say much. However, the times I have visited were very calm and no viewing of drugs or alcohol were accessible.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 352nd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 537th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 568th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 981st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1005th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Harini Kompella
Santa Clarita, California
Human Biology
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While drugs are inevitably present, most UCM students don't see the drug scene as very noticeable. Alcohol appears to be a bigger problem compared to drugs. Students, including those underage, drink on the weekends at house parties, with some claiming that there is nothing else to do. Some students consider the use of drugs like alcohol and marijuana more noticeable than others. However, people who don’t know about this “scene” due to the different circles they run in are not treated any differently. Too much peer pressure does not occur here; students respect each other's choices—particularly those who decide not to drink or do drugs at parties. Many students believe they can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.

There were a couple instances a few years ago where drunk students got hurt on campus. For example, supposedly one student slid down a banister and landed unsuccessfully. However, she got the appropriate care at the hospital. Because of incidents like this, the housing personnel has worked hard to prevent such behaviors, enforcing strict actions for those who are caught drinking underage or those drinking in the presence of underage students on campus. If drugs are used by students, they are probably shared more off campus than on, since not many students know about any drug dealings on campus. Numerous students do party on the weekends, but the majority drinks responsibly or has a designated driver.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling & Psychological Services
H. Rajender Reddy Health Center/Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation & Wellness Center, 2nd Floor
(209) 228-4266
Crisis intervention

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 53 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 16% None
  • 9% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 31% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 42% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 10% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 8% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 55% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 17% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 52 responses

  • 8% Practically unlimited.
  • 37% Somewhat abundant.
  • 29% Somewhat limited.
  • 27% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 52 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 8% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 44% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 44% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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