Drug Safety

San Francisco, CA
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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The school regulates a lot

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People smoke marijuana pretty regularly, and if you want other drugs they aren't hard to find.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Nothing serious has ever been reported.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene at my school is pretty average for a school in SF. A majority of kids do them, but they don't judge those who don't. It's easy to spot the ones who do weed because of the smell but alcohol is pretty hard to detect. The policy of no alcohol or drugs in the dorm is STRICTLY enforced and if found with either, can be charged with a fine.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Those who use, really use!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 66 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 5% None
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% Heroin
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 66 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 32% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 66 responses

  • 11% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 35% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% 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 65 responses

  • 11% Practically unlimited.
  • 51% Somewhat abundant.
  • 25% Somewhat limited.
  • 14% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 65 responses

  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 60% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 28% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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