Drug Safety

Location
Columbia, SC
Undergrads
21,646
Tuition (in-state)
$27,644 ($10,488)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug and alcohol visibility is relatively high, but it is college. There is definitely a huge majority of the student body that drinks, but those students who do not drink find each other and definitely can still have a good time. The drug scene is definitely present, but pressure to partake is not prevalent. If you don't want to be a part of the drug or alcohol scene, it is easy to not, and there will always be students who share your views. Exact same goes for if you do. The attitude here is definitely laid back, and students can have an easy time fitting in whatever they choose to do.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its pretty good because now we are a drug Free campus and a tobacco free college

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I do not see it happening but if one was to go out and look for it, they would be able to find it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The presence of drugs and alcohol differ no more than other colleges.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alot of people do it but I have never met anyone that was a jerk if you didn't or tried peer pressuring you.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 178th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1084th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1156th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1208th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1234th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gregory Goetz
Hometown
Fort Mitchell, KY
Major
Media Arts/Entrepreneurial Business
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The drug scene at USC is not highly visible but exists nonetheless. Marijuana is the most common drug of choice, but a students can find almost anything if they really want to. The prominence of the drug scene depends on the crowd a student chooses to associate with. When students do choose to get high, they usually do it in privacy with their circle of friends or at parties. You will not see students pressuring anyone else into doing drugs because people are more concerned about using it for their own entertainment rather than making money by selling it. But if a student wants the drugs, they are there for the taking.

Alcohol stands alone in terms of consumption frequency and ease of attainment. Students of all ages drink in the dorms, in bars, and at parties. Unfortunately, even those who don’t drink are sometimes vexed by its consequences. Whether it’s the stench of barf in the elevator because someone couldn’t hold their liquor, or the loud hall mates who wake you up in the wee hours of the morning, alcohol affects everyone. There is no way to escape exposure to it, but then again, there is rarely peer pressure to drink if you don’t want to. The extent of a student’s exposure to drugs really depends on their friends and the atmosphere in which they live.
 

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
414
Alcohol-Related Arrests
10
Drug-Related Referrals
42
Drug-Related Arrests
52
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Ecstasy
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Dependency Program
(585) 275-3161
Treatment for patients with alcohol and drug problems through therapy and substance abuse sessions
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Human Development Center
(585) 777-5223
Substance abuse workshop, which increases students' personal awareness of their relationship with drugs and helps them make healthier lifestyle choices
Drug Counseling Programs
Thomson Student Health Center
(585) 275-2361
Smoking cessation programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 118 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 118 responses

  • 25% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 118 responses

  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 43% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 118 responses

  • 25% Practically unlimited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 6% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 118 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 13% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 55% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 30% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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