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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Being in San Francisco, there's a pretty big weed culture on and around campus, but it's a personal choice. There are other drugs being used as well, but usually peer pressure isn't a problem. Public safety is very serious about drug and alcohol safety.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol was one of my main worries before leaving for school. I wanted no part in it and was worried about peer pressure and its constant presence. However, I was able to find a group of friends who shared my same values and this helped me stay on the right track.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Who you hang out really influences the drug scene that you're surrounded by. Obviously, if you hang out with people who do a lot of drugs such as coke or weed, then the drug scene will be pretty big. However, if you choose not to hang with those kind of people, then the drug scene will not partake on a big part of your life.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: While there are certainly drugs out there they are not on display and no one will be pressuring you to do anything you dont want to.

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  • 369th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 963rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1025th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1184th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1298th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
English (Writing Emphasis)
Grad Year
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USF subscribes to a long tradition of humanistic, Jesuit, and Catholic values, so it comes as no surprise that the University boasts a drug-free policy, which is meant to enforce the principle that every student has the right to live and learn in a safe, drug-free environment. If you are caught drinking or doing drugs on campus, Public Safety officers are called and immediate disciplinary action is taken. Though the consequences are harsh, anyone who has ever lived on campus knows that weed in particular is very popular, even in the dorms, and smelling it in the halls is fairly common.

On a lighter note, few USF students ever feel pressured into taking drugs. Though drugs are obtainable, even more so due to the urban setting, the drug scene itself is not all that popular. Past on-campus research on substance abuse indicates that the perceived amount of substance abuse at USF is generally much higher than the actual usage. At USF, drug involvement is relative: If you don't want to get involved with drugs, it's very likely you won't encounter them. And if you do come across drugs, no one is going to force you to take them.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Gillson Hall, lower level
San Francisco
(415) 422-6352
Consultation and outreach is available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 80 responses

  • 34% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 4% None
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% Heroin
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 80 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 30% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 39% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 25% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 80 responses

  • 10% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% 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 80 responses

  • 10% Practically unlimited.
  • 49% Somewhat abundant.
  • 28% Somewhat limited.
  • 14% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 80 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 62% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 25% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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