Drug Safety

Richardson, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$25,084 ($10,666)
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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't stick around campus a lot.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have never seen drugs other than cigarettes or alcohol, but everything is controlled!

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I know there are drugs and alcohol available, but many do not take part. It doesn't seem to be a problem.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug safety is strictly enforced.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: the drug safety is ok. I barely focus on drug safety because i don't do drugs and i don't drink alcohol. Its good to enforce to not have drugs and not have alcohol on campus or there will be consequences for your actions


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 131st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 179th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 189th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 220th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1201st
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tue Tran
Hanoi, Vietnam
Accounting, MIS
Grad Year
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It’s not unusual to ask a UTD student about drug and alcohol use on campus and receive an “I don’t know” answer. Drugs are not visible at all on campus, and students can live a perfectly normal college life without sipping a drop of alcohol. Now and then, there are stories about “a guy I know” who uses marijuana or about a good party that gets everyone hungover, but it usually stops there. There’s no real incentive or pressure to drink or use drugs, and very few serious drug-related incidents are reported. Many students take a hard stance against underage drinking and drug use. Even those who drink understand the risks and limit their consumption. “Messed-up” alcoholics and drug addicts are indeed a rare species.

Students often attribute drug rarity to the large population of international students and nerds on campus. This is true for the most part, but the University’s authority also plays a significant role in ensuring drug safety. From the first day of Welcome Week, freshmen learn that drug use and underage drinking are not tolerated, and strict penalties await violators. Peer advisers (equivalent of resident advisers) keep a watchful eye over the dormitory drug scene. They are required to report any incidents to a higher authority. If word reaches the police department or the Office of Dean of Students, some sort of penalties will most definitely ensue.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
  • Prescription painkillers
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling Center
800 W. Campbell Road, SSB45
(972) 883-2575
Alcohol and other drug counseling is available.
Did You Know?
  • UTD authority takes drug consumption seriously. For example, if a student is caught using marijuana, he may be booked, escorted off campus to a police station, strip searched, and temporarily jailed as he awaits any further penalties.
  • Even Greek organizations take precautions when it comes to drugs and alcohol. There's no pressure to consume alcohol, even at parties, and the majority of students refrains from the idea of ever using drugs. Risk management is practiced seriously.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 55 responses

  • 30% Alcohol
  • 30% None
  • 23% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 4% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 40% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 20% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 7% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 62% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 24% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 55 responses

  • 9% Practically unlimited.
  • 16% Somewhat abundant.
  • 44% Somewhat limited.
  • 31% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 7% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 20% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 73% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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