Drug Safety

Location
Tacoma, WA
Undergrads
2,549
Tuition
$40,250
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not smoking pot puts you in the minority.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is no peer pressure at all, and most students act responsibly and know what they're doing.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's Washington so weed is legal so...

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many students partake in marijuana use, and a few in harder drugs, but it's never been a problem for me.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People keep to themselves and don't pressure anyone and no one seems to be getting in too much trouble because of their use of alcohol or drugs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 196th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1018th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1138th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1143rd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1243rd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juliette Witous
Hometown
Sonoma, CA
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2012
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Puget Sound is a dry campus, which means that no open containers of alcohol are allowed, unless you are 21 and live still live in the dorms. At that point, you are allowed to drink in the privacy of your own room. There are also a few school-sponsored events that provide alcoholic beverages for special occasions, like senior gifts and such. The most prevalent drug at Puget Sound is alcohol, followed by marijuana, but this activity is done in the comfort of one's own room for obvious reasons. Some students may take harder drugs, but you don’t commonly see or hear about that. The frisky freshman may try to smoke in his or her room, and depending on the RA's ability to discern risky business, may or may not get caught. Often freshmen will "pre-game" in their rooms and then make the trek to the party, but you will often hear of an RA making a bust and writing them up.

The drinking scene changes as you move from freshman status to upperclassman. During the fall semester, a fortunate passerby may bear witness to the phenomenon of freshman clumping, where mass groups head to parties that they’ve heard of from upperclassmen or word of mouth. There may be a kegger or double kegger, but often it's BYOB, and if you're under 21 and are looking to partake in "illegal" activity, you will have to make friends with an upperclassman. For the most part, everyone stays close to campus to party together at a house party or frat dance party. You don't come to Puget Sound for the party scene, but this doesn't mean you won’t have the best of times!

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
128
Alcohol-Related Arrests
0
Drug-Related Referrals
30
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling, Health, & Wellness Services
Wheelock Student Center 216
(253) 879-1555

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 26 responses

  • 38% Marijuana
  • 35% Alcohol
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 44% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 15% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 16% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 56% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 25 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 52% Somewhat abundant.
  • 28% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 4% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 76% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 20% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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