Drug Safety

Lawrence, KS
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not abundant but available if u seek it.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People do drugs and alcohol. I don't feel any peer pressure to do anything. I could care less. I'm not sure of what policy the school has with drugs.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: At my sister's graduation, there was a lot of wine, beer, and champagne drinking. Bottles and corks were everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Knew a few kids who got kicked out for drug possession. I don't do drugs but it isn't glamorous by any means, and is pretty much consistent with the drug usage and visibility there was at my high school.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drugs can be found everywhere so there is no need to talk about it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 141st
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1054th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1192nd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1195th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1275th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Overland Park, KS
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Students say that drugs are not a problem and are well policed around campus. Marijuana is the dominant illegal drug used by students, but alcohol is much more popular. Like every other campus, if you are looking for drugs, you will be able to find them. If you are looking to avoid anything having to do with drugs, you’ll probably be able to accomplish that, too. At KU, students get to decide their own level of involvement in the drug scene. There is no peer pressure to do them, like in high school.

KU does not have a large drug scene like at some of the other universities across the nation, but alcohol is prevalent. Most students choose to drink, and most parties revolve around alcohol. Non-alcoholic events are offered throughout campus for students who do not choose to participate in the drinking scene. And students can attend local bars without feeling the pressure to get drunk. Furthermore, the University tries to educate students on making the right decisions and avoiding drug abuse.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
The Psychological Clinic
Drug Counseling Programs
University Counseling and Psychological Services
Drug Counseling Programs
Watkins Health Center
Did You Know?
MIPs (minors in possession) in Lawrence can result in a $300 fine and are given out most frequently in the weeks leading up to finals.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 102 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 25% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 42% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 9% 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 102 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 12% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 40% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 102 responses

  • 28% Practically unlimited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 102 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 15% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 55% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 29% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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