Drug Safety

Location
Blacksburg, VA
Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$25,915 ($10,923)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's easy to notice when people are drinking, however, not when they are doing drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Students feel comfortable making their own decisions, seems to be a place for everyone's choice in this area

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs are really not a big part of the social scene here. It is hardly noticeable. Most parties only involve alcohol, but there are so many campus events and activities that it is completely possible to avoid the drinking scene.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Everybody drinks all the time, but drugs use is not that common. Just occasional.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Tech offers a course that students have to take before classes about alcohol and drug safety, its a very great way to get students to open their eyes about the dangers. Peer pressure isn't noticeable and everyone respects everyone elses decisions and ideals.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 169th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 893rd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 907th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 1165th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1268th
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Students say that in order to find people using drugs at Virginia Tech, you have to go looking for them. While drug use does happen, it’s not very visible around campus. If students are going to use a substance, it’s usually alcohol or caffeine. The most commonly heard-about drug being used around campus is marijuana. Most students at Tech don’t encounter any drug use at parties or on campus. Students say that if you want to avoid drugs, it is very easy to do; it is as simple as picking who you want to hang out with. Virginia Tech has a “zero tolerance” rule when it comes to drugs, so if you are caught using drugs, it is almost guaranteed you’ll be suspended—if not expelled.

Alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco are the most popular substances on campus, while illegal drugs are harder to find. Drugs are definitely around the University, but not blatantly so. Virginia Tech has strict policies against the use of illegal drugs, and students face harsh penalties if caught. There is, inevitably, some drug activity at Tech, but most students agree that avoiding drugs is almost easier than finding them.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
0
Alcohol-Related Arrests
0
Drug-Related Referrals
0
Drug-Related Arrests
0
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol Abuse Prevention at Virginia Tech
Facts, statistics, and information about student drinking at Virginia Tech, as well as information on the consequences of drinking at www.alcohol.vt.edu
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
(540) 231-6557
Meetings twice a week at Virginia Tech's Counseling Center and other locations
Drug Counseling Programs
Thomas E. Cook Counseling Center
(540) 231-6557
Online assessment tests for depression, alcohol dependency, eating disorders, and anxiety; group and individual counseling for students; and referrals for students to other counselors or programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 95 responses

  • 45% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 95 responses

  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 49% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 95 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 9% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 26% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 61% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 94 responses

  • 13% Practically unlimited.
  • 68% Somewhat abundant.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 2% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 94 responses

  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 13% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 44% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 43% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.

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