Drug Safety

Los Angeles, CA
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't have any knowledge about the drugs and alcohol scene at USC.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I don't feel any pressure at all.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I do not attend USC; I will begin in the fall semester.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school tries its best to educate and regulate.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is no pressure to partake in drugs. The on-campus police are good with tracking down parties as well as the on-campus resident advisors.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 52nd
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 740th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1189th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1284th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1311st
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Colorado Springs, CO
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The drug scene is considerably tame for a wealthy school in the middle of a city that is famous for partying. Drinking is a daily custom in most fraternity houses at USC, especially when girls are around. On campus, drinking is prevalent but more discrete. Although more conservative social circles claim to be opposed to smoking and abusing heavier drugs, students are not blind to the fact that people get drunk and stoned at parties.

Basically, the wildest party-goers, mostly affluent Greek students, seek out cocaine and usually find it if they are willing to spend big bucks. For the most part, there is a lot of drinking, less marijuana smoking (but still a significant amount), and a small amount of cocaine and ecstasy abuse, usually reserved for big party nights. Hallucinogenic mushrooms hit campus occasionally and are usually bought up by marijuana smokers seeking a more intense high. For a school that was famous during the '80s and '90s for having the best cocaine in the West, USC has tamed down considerably. Even coffee, cigarettes, and Ritalin, three staple drugs for fast-moving students all over the country, are not very popular at USC, probably due to the fact that people are more health conscious here than in most other places.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
(818) 760-7122
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(323) 936-4343
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
University Religious Center 205
Drug Counseling Programs
Cocaine Anonymous
(310) 216-4444
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
(213) 740-7711
Drug Counseling Programs
DEC Consultation
One-on-one sessions sanctioned through and/or referred by a Resident Advisor, a Greek House Advisor, or Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards
Drug Counseling Programs
Marijuana Anonymous
(323) 964-2370
Drug Counseling Programs
The Resource Room
(213) 740-4777
Literature on drug and alcohol related issues
Drug Counseling Programs
Solutions and Strategies Substance Abuse Support
(213) 740-7711
Counseling services

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 112 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 30% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% Cocaine
  • 5% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 112 responses

  • 31% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 41% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 15% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 112 responses

  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 15% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 36% 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 112 responses

  • 31% Practically unlimited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 112 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 45% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 44% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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