Drug Safety

Location
Madison, WI
Undergrads
28,167
Tuition (in-state)
$26,628 ($10,378)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Pretty much everyone drinks here. It's known as the #1 party school in America for a reason. Some dorms and organizations have more drug use than others, and I was lucky enough to not be a part of any of it. Peer pressure is high though, and sporting events and even typical Friday nights are hard to enjoy if you don't drink. That being said, I tried to involve myself in some of the substance free activities, but there weren't that many.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The school is safe, although there is a lot of drinking on campus, it is well-regulated and police offices patrol

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are plenty of staff available to assist you if you are in need of assistance.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of students smoke weed to ease the stress of classes, but no one treats you differently if you don't.

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College Junior

Drug Safety: I have very little knowledge of this and I don't partake myself.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 5th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1278th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1327th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1329th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1339th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Hometown
Green Bay, Wis.
Major
Marketing and English
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Students do not deny the presence and habitual use of drugs at UW. Whether it is alcohol, marijuana, or prescription pills, many have seen or experienced drug use first-hand. The easiest drugs to obtain are alcohol and marijuana. Students say that house parties and dorms are some of the easiest places to obtain these drugs.

The choice to use drugs is really just that-a choice. Students don't feel pressured to do drugs, and say the amount of drugs being used generally depends on the crowd with which you associate. If the campus or Madison police catch you with illegal substances, there will be consequences. Officers don't think twice about handing out tickets along with hefty fines.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
898
Alcohol-Related Arrests
937
Drug-Related Referrals
61
Drug-Related Arrests
48
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol Smart Classes
(608) 222-7311
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health/Mental Health Services
881 Commonwealth Ave. (west entrance)
(617) 353-3575
Drug Counseling Programs
UHS Counseling
905 University Ave.
(608) 265-5600

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 88 responses

  • 37% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 21% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 89 responses

  • 61% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 8% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 1% 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 88 responses

  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 27% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 43% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 23% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 89 responses

  • 52% Practically unlimited.
  • 36% Somewhat abundant.
  • 11% Somewhat limited.
  • 1% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 87 responses

  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 16% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 57% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 22% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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