Drug Safety

Baltimore, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$20,825 ($9,764)
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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug safety is a big component to this university. It is a place where no slackness is tolerated and everyone is made sure to follow these rules. Recently they reinforced a tobacco-free campus and when nobody listened to this, the administration started to give tickets and fines to anyone who disobeyed.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I do not live in a dorm or apartment, so from the outside it is barely noticeable. Of course outside of dorms and apartments, you must be in a specific bar area in the Commons do drink, and there are only two destined smoking areas.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I only occasionally notice the smell of weed around certain areas. If you really want to avoid drugs, just avoid Potomac.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't seen much drug use but I've heard it talked about.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I'm mostly unaware of the drug scene. I have heard people discussing it, but never in a way that impacted me, or that implied that there was drug use on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 129th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 246th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 411st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 473rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 862nd
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Political Science
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UMBC bans the use or distribution of illegal drugs and controlled substances on the campus and immediate vicinity. The University is committed to a safe and healthy environment, so any individuals who violate the law are subject to not only University disciplinary processes, but possible jail time or criminal prosecution.

Overall, UMBC is hardly synonymous with partying, and peer pressure is close to nonexistent. Upperclassmen will drink in smaller venues, such as apartments, but not in the dorms. Drugs are not a major issue for the campus community. Drug use can be found, as at most universities, but students who are caught with drugs, even if they are in good academic standing, will not be saved from harsh punishment. Most issues, including any drug-related offenses, are usually worked out between the violator and the Staff of the Office of Student Judicial Programs or the Student Hearing Board.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Student Development & Success Center
(410) 455-2472
Individual counseling, group counseling

Student Polls

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

  • 43% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% None
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 11% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 47% 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 53 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 2% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 62% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 15% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 53 responses

  • 6% Practically unlimited.
  • 34% Somewhat abundant.
  • 34% Somewhat limited.
  • 26% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 2% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 30% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 68% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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