Drug Safety

College Park, MD
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$27,287 ($8,908)
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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people take part in social drinking, especially greek life, but the pressure to drink is not too high if you are not interested

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are drugs and alcohol at almost every party, but take it from someone who doesn't drink - most people don't care if you do or not. They're too busy trying to party to care.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I often see people getting in trouble for drugs and alcohol. However, if someone chooses to do it, and is discreet about it, they often will not get in trouble.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I'm pretty sure its not that bad out there

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is some but i am not. interested


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1220th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1297th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1301st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1315th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Paul Yu
Bethesda, MD
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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With a big school like UMCP, there is usually a perception of a big drug scene. However, there is only a relatively small amount of traditional drugs being abused on campus. Marijuana and alcohol continue to be popular, given that they are both readily available. Hardcore drugs such as cocaine can probably be found or requested, but rarely do students mix with such "hard" drugs.

In residence halls, alcohol is more often heard than seen (“clink, clink”), and marijuana is more often smelled. Students smoking pot in residence halls are in for a challenge. Resident assistants have been trained to know the difference between cigar smoke and marijuana, and the police may be called to assist in a situation. However, students agree that the drug scene at Maryland is probably similar to most other college campuses—it’s not too hard to avoid.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
University of Maryland Counseling Center
Shoemaker Building
College Park
(301) 314-7651
Treatment for drug abuse is available.
Did You Know?
In the song "H To The Izzo," Jay-Z raps about selling weed to UMCP students: "Was herbin' 'em in the home of the Terrapins."

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 131 responses

  • 41% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 131 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 49% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 27% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 131 responses

  • 28% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 50% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 131 responses

  • 30% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 131 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 10% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 54% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 32% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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