Drug Safety

University, MS
Tuition (in-state)
$16,266 ($6,282)
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I haven't noticed anyone using drugs.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: I never hear of drugs really.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Like all colleges you are going to be exposed to drugs. But nobody here will ever force you to do anything or try anything. Everyone is so nice it is almost unreal. Students here do take part in some drugs, but all the universities back at home in Florida are worse.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Kids smoke pot and you can smell it in some of the apartment complexes, but that's about it.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I honestly believe that is very difficult to control both drugs and alcohol on a college campus, but in my opinion Ole miss has done a pretty good job. The usage is visible but I think it is gotten better and police have a no tolerance policy especially for drugs.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 49th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1042nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1249th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1286th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1288th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Janna Jones
Booneville, Miss.
Print Journalism
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Like many things on the campus of Ole Miss, what you see isn’t always what you get. Outwardly, Ole Miss appears to have no drugs, but there are groups that do use them, whether prescription or illegal. If that is your scene, you can find what you want. It just takes knowing the right people, which is true in most towns. But be careful, cops here might shrug off beer in a cup during football games, but they do not overlook hard drugs. They have a very strict drug policy in Mississippi, and Oxford is very much in step with the state on that issue. The fines are heavy, and the jail time is worse. If you choose to do drugs, be careful—and not just because you can get in trouble from the authorities.

Alcohol is, by far, the most heavily used drug at Ole Miss. It may seem strange the first time you go into the Grove and have lunch at a friend’s tent with his or her parents, and they’re all sitting and drinking together—even the ones who are underage—but that’s life at Ole Miss. There’s a common phrase that’s plastered on shirts and posters that says, “Oxford is a drinking town with a football problem.” That perfectly sums up what you will see during the school year. Sure, there are some groups who are adamantly opposed to drinking, but those groups are few and far between at Ole Miss. If the drinking scene isn’t for you, you may want to go armed with similarly minded friends. You’ll have to get used to the fact that everyone around you will be drinking and that you will ultimately end up as the designated driver all the time.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Diet pills
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
(662) 915-3784
Students meet several times a week in psycho-educational groups, process groups, and individual sessions.
Drug Counseling Programs
Harm Reduction
(662) 915-3784
For students seeking to modify alcohol and drug use habits
Drug Counseling Programs
(662) 915-3784
For students trying to establish or maintain an alcohol-free and drug-free way of life
Drug Counseling Programs
Young People's AA Meeting
(662) 915-3784

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 52 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 23% Marijuana
  • 23% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Cocaine
  • 5% None
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 52 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 31% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 48% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 53% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 18% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 18% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% 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 51 responses

  • 37% Practically unlimited.
  • 39% Somewhat abundant.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 51 responses

  • 12% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 18% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 33% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 37% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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