Drug Safety

College Park, MD
Tuition (in-state)
$27,287 ($8,908)
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's very easy to get into the bars with a fake id.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drug usage is one of those things that you will hardly notice unless you do drugs so if you're not into that type of thing then don't worry about being pressured to do drugs or be offered drugs out in the open.

Alcohol usage is only evident at night when people are heading to parties or leaving bars. The pressure to drink depends on the people so it varies.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's no peer pressure to take part, but it's there if you want it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of students take part in drinking. The RA's try to eliminate it in the dorms but it is not difficult to get away with.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is a ton of drinking, but I haven't seen much else.


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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 146 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 147 responses

  • 28% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 49% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 147 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 16% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 48% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 29% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 147 responses

  • 30% Practically unlimited.
  • 47% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 5% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 146 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 53% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 33% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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