While not every student uses drugs, it is impossible to say that there is not a drug scene at URI. Drugs can be found very easily on and off campus. URI students like to party very hard, and substance abuse is bound to happen. Drugs can be a big or a little part of a student's life in college—it is all up to the individual. For some, drugs lead to poor performance in classes, while others can balance work and play very nicely. URI has had to bear the nickname “UR-High,” but most students do realize that there is a time and place for everything. If you want nothing to do with the drug scene, no worries, there are plenty of students here who wish to remain sober.
Marijuana is the drug that students are most willing to admit they use and/or come into contact with. Some students have even said that their first encounter with drugs occurred at URI. Although drugs are used at URI, they are not pervasive, and there is no pressure to do drugs, either.