Drug Safety

El Paso, TX
Tuition (in-state)
$17,814 ($7,214)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I'm only on campus two day for a few hours I don't really know what happens there.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have always been on the side of feeling "left out" but I do know that the availability is very real for all ages.

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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I walk into clouds of marijuana dust all the time.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The peer pressure of drinking alcohol its HUGE! I dont drink nor smoke but when im at the union with my friends and they are drinking they always inssist all the time to at least take a zip to try it and i honestly hate it!!!!!!!!

None of my friends do marijuana or any ither drug but they do drink every day if its possible. The peer pressure its horrible and more sad to see how many people can have so many beer each day.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: UTEP is very good at preventing underage drinking and use of drugs. i rarely see any activity of such.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 225th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 285th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 373rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 817th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1105th
    Most Social Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristopher Rivera
Clint, TX
Multimedia Journalism
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El Paso, a neighboring city to a violent drug war in Juarez, does not necessarily have a big drug scene. Both cities are different drifts: grey skies in Juarez and blue skies in El Paso. El Paso has been ranked as the second safest city in the nation by many sources, trailing only Honolulu for the lowest crime rate of a city with more than 500,000 people.

Students do not face any pressure from classmates or friends to engage in drug activity. The atmosphere is respectable and does not encourage students to get involved in drugs or bad behavior. Students are focused on achieving goals and helping other students with their studies; straying from the path is not in the picture, and students will always put their education first. UTEP has no tolerance for drug use on campus. Students caught with illegal drugs will be suspended. Violations against school policy are immediately dealt with by either the campus police or the El Paso Police Department.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
202 Union West
El Paso
(915) 747-5302
The Counseling Center has held conferences on drug and alcohol abuse.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 73 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 16% None
  • 7% Ecstasy
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 3% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 16% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 21% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 23% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 73 responses

  • 3% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 44% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 29% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 72 responses

  • 18% Practically unlimited.
  • 28% Somewhat abundant.
  • 31% Somewhat limited.
  • 24% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 72 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 8% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 31% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 58% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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