Drug Safety

South Bend, IN
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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The administration understands that students will partake in underage drinking and they teach about safety and taking persuasions.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you are caught with drugs, you are kicked out. There is more leniency with alcohol. You will have to do some form of community service.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drug usage is not very prevalent. Alcohol use has a big presence, and most people take part.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Super annoying, everyone is super uptight about drugs

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is highly prevalent, but drugs are not. You occasionally hear rumors about drug usage, but generally it is not visible in social settings. The administration is more strict on drugs than alcohol, so people are much more discrete if they do drugs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 47th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 237th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 977th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1291st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1296th
    Least Underage Drinkers

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Alex Barker
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If you happen to be walking around campus one day and spot a thin, pale, haggard-looking teen, don't panic. At Notre Dame, the sight of such a person is more likely to indicate that they're an architecture major overdosing on coffee at the end of an all-nighter, rather than strung out. Across the board students say that, while drugs are available around campus, they're the exception rather than the rule. Although alcohol can be found in excess, the University's strict zero-tolerance drug policy seems to be frightening enough to check the few students who are even interested in drug use.

Needless to say, you don't have to worry about social pressure to use drugs at Notre Dame. Whatever does happen is always in isolated circles, and punishments can be so serious that drugs tend to stay out of sight. Of course, there are things around-this is the case at any campus. Overall, Notre Dame is not the type of school where you can toke up every day and still expect to graduate.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Office of Alcohol and Drug Education
311 LaFortune Student Center
(574) 631-7970
Drug counseling

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 41 responses

  • 61% Alcohol
  • 19% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 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 41 responses

  • 44% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 49% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 71% 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 41 responses

  • 46% Practically unlimited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 5% Somewhat limited.
  • 2% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 12% 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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