Drug Safety

Charlottesville, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$38,228 ($12,216)
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4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Depends on who you hang out with, but students are mostly very caring of one another, even when there is a lot of drinking.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Many people abuse drugs and alcohol. It is very available, and fake IDs work almost everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are definitely alcohol visibility down rugby road. Many people go out friday and saturday nights.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Crazy amount of drinking. Other college students tend to come visit and end up puking or passed out because they can't handle it. Drug use is limited or very secretive.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Do not know much about the scene as i don't partake


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 697th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1201st
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1305th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1326th
    Least Underage Drinkers

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Haley Bryant
London, UK
Media Studies
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Most students don't think of UVA as a drug school. The most-used drug among students is alcohol by far. Generally, if you don't know about drugs or aren't interested in knowing about them, you'll never see the scene around Charlottesville. Some students feel as though marijuana and cocaine are a problem, but for the most part no one sees heavy drug use. Some sororities and fraternities are known for certain drugs, but again, if you don't know about it, you don't see it.

While there definitely are drugs at UVA, the actual scene is a relatively small problem. Essentially, there is a niche for every type of substance, but you'll really have to go looking for any hard drugs. This is something you may run into after a few years in the area, but at first, you're not likely to notice it. In terms of peer pressure, a lot of people don't tend to feel it; while many parties have alcohol, there's little pressure to drink and harder drugs have much less of a presence at student functions. In the end, this school has one of the safer drug scenes around.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Tobacco
Drug Counseling Programs
Addiction Science Center
(434) 924-0399
Outpatient treatment program with free initial evaluation and consultation
Drug Counseling Programs
Addiction Treatment Program
Blue Ridge Hospital
(434) 924-5555
Inpatient treatment program
Drug Counseling Programs
Aid to Impaired Residents
(434) 924-2047
Information, consultation, intervention, and referrals for Health Sciences Center residents
Drug Counseling Programs
Assistance on Substance Abuse for Professional Nurses
(434) 924-5555
Information, consultation, intervention, and referrals for licensed professional nurses
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services
(434) 924-5556
Alcohol and substance abuse counseling; confidential evaluation and treatment of students with substance abuse concerns; family and group sessions, including groups for ACOAs and recovering students
Drug Counseling Programs
Institute for Substance Abuse Studies
(434) 924- 5276
Substance abuse prevention, education, treatment and research at the University
Drug Counseling Programs
Peer Health Educators
(434) 924-1509
A peer group trained in substance abuse information providing informal educational sessions
Drug Counseling Programs
University Police Department
(434) 924-7166
Information and seminars in the legal aspects of areas related to substance abuse

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 70 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 4% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 70 responses

  • 49% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 36% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 1% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 1% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 70 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 6% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 53% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 70 responses

  • 41% Practically unlimited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 4% Somewhat limited.
  • 4% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 70 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 13% 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.
  • 26% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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