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3 College Student

Drug Safety: A lot of people don't drink but some do. You will not feel left out if you don't drink or do drugs.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Our campus police do a very admirable part to keep the young peoples on campus safe and out of harms way, including drugs.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Valparaiso University is a dry and drug-free campus, meaning that drugs and alcohol are prohibited on campus. Some students go off campus to drink or do drugs, but most who do are very responsible about it and only partake in moderation.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's a dry tobacco free campus which removes a lot of opportunity for use or pressure to use.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many students use and abuse alcohol and marijuana, but for the most part, it is kept under control by the VUPD and the close knit community where everyone knows your name.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 436th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 482nd
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 650th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 804th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 897th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

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Amber Will
Schofield, WI
Political Science and History
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Finding drugs on campus is a difficult task. The portion of the campus population that participates in drug use is minimal. Just about every student knows more people in his/her high school class who did drugs than people around campus who do drugs. The most used drug, not including alcohol, would be marijuana, but it is used by a limited amount of students so it is not noticeable.

At Valpo, there are the people who have tried this or done that, but if you have to choose a “drug” that gets the most use on campus, it would be alcohol. However, if you don't drink there is no pressure to do so. Even at the bigger fraternity parties, no one forces anyone to drink. It is really easy for drinkers and non-drinkers to coexist with each other, which makes the atmosphere on campus really positive.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Counseling and Development Center
LaPorte Avenue
(219) 464-5002
Personal counseling services; Drug and alcohol abuse prevention presentations and programs; the SUDDS program for students who have minor issues with alcohol; CARE classes are available for students with a more intense alcohol addiction.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 32 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% None
  • 5% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 59% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 12% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 24% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 24% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 6% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 33 responses

  • 9% Practically unlimited.
  • 33% Somewhat abundant.
  • 36% Somewhat limited.
  • 21% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 6% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 42% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 52% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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