Drug Safety

Las Vegas, NV
Tuition (in-state)
$20,615 ($6,705)
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The campus has a pretty chill and less party-like atmosphere

College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not noticed a drug scene at my school. I also do not notice peer pressure going on but I am not your typical 18-22 year old college student. I am older, married, and have children. I have noticed every now and then an alcohol bottle or beer cans in the parking garages and there are plenty of bars off campus but within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You don't see a lot of it, but you hear about it.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I am a sophomore at my university and have never encountered drugs at a school event or at any party that I have been invited to by my fellow students. We are involved in very active social groups and thrive off of giving back to the community and living a good, clean life. We agree that life can be beautiful without drugs or alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not much peer pressure, you won't noticeably see people doing drugs unless you go looking for them.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 208th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 591st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 633rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 772nd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1116th
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meryl Manaog
Las Vegas, NV
Marketing/Film minor
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The drug scene on campus is very small, almost inconspicuous. Stories of drug use are not popular, and drugs are practically never seen. When drugs hit the social scene, if at all, it’s usually during a party, or it’s kept behind closed doors with friends. Those who could make any comment on the drug scene at UNLV were almost impossible to find, as drugs on campus are rare or hidden extremely well. However, the statistics do show that drugs are found somewhere at UNLV. Since a low percentage of students live on campus, you won’t be hit by a strong odor of marijuana smoke seeping under the doors, and since many students are older and have lives outside of the University, you won’t find potheads walking around campus, trying to make money by dealing.

Drinking is much more popular with students. Periodically, beer bottles can be found in the parking lot near the dorms, and with more than 500 bars in Las Vegas, drinking is a much easier and more socially acceptable habit to support. But then again, it’s not common to see students wasted and passed out on campus. Since it is expensive to drink, drinking is more of a social outing than a reason to get wasted.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
(702) 895-3627
Educational materials, programs, lectures, workshops, and training, organized student groups, and UNLV classes; alcohol and drug use assessment and treatment to enrolled UNLV students, free of charge

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 106 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 13% None
  • 6% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Ecstasy
  • 4% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 22% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 25% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 25% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 24% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 106 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 63% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 13% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 105 responses

  • 12% Practically unlimited.
  • 35% Somewhat abundant.
  • 36% Somewhat limited.
  • 16% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 105 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 29% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 61% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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