Drug Safety

Boulder, CO
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You see and experience a lot of different things.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've never experienced any peer pressure in regards to drugs, and I don't feel that it is overly visible.

College Senior

Drug Safety: Its college, there is a lot of freedom and all you have to do is go to "youtube" and see colorado parities etc. We were once the number one party school. I feel its apart of every college. I dont party nor drink so i have no clue whats going on unless i read about it or a friend tells me.

College Senior

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is subjective, it depends on the people you surround yourself with. People smoke weed, especially since its legal in my state, and occassionally come to class stoned. Drinking is more often a late night thing, but rarely actually takes place. Policy enforcement is pretty severe...if the student is caught


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 113rd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1216th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1303rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1319th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1335th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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If you plan on spending four (or the average five) years in a haze, then this is the place. Whether smoking from a bong, blunt, or joint, Boulder has stores, suppliers, and fellow friends that are happy to comply. A fraction of this "stoner" scene can be attributed to those that wander aimlessly around campus smelling like reefer and sporting hemp gear. Yet, they can only be held accountable for a mere percentage. The reality is that the majority of people in Boulder smoke weed. Sorority girls buy sacks so they can share a laugh with their fraternity boyfriends. Snowboarders cough up enough money to buy enough to last them a weekend up in the mountains. Quiet creative writing majors and fumbling film students smoke together to get inspired.

Though marijuana is the preferred drug of choice, mushrooms, acid, and ecstasy are used occasionally and more often by the younger students who are still celebrating their newly acquired freedom. As students turn 21 and start entering the bar scene, there is a shift from hallucinogens to stimulants. Still, in its definition, this is merely a "scene," comprising only a portion of the student body. Although there is prolific drug use, students report that it is purely experimental and that it rarely interferes with academics.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
The Multicultural Center
134 Willard Hall
(303) 492-6766
Individual counseling and therapy, groups, and workshops

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 76 responses

  • 35% Marijuana
  • 34% Alcohol
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 6% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 35% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 30% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 76 responses

  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 46% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 30% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% 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 77 responses

  • 31% Practically unlimited.
  • 55% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Somewhat limited.
  • 1% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 76 responses

  • 7% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 21% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 47% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 25% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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