Drug Safety

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is not much peer pressure if you choose not to drink

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not noticeable on campus. Alcohol is, overall it's okay.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you don't do drugs no one is gonna pressure you to do drugs.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Nobody forces anyone to do things they don't want to do.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: While drugs and alcohol are present, there is no pressure to use them, and they do not detract from academics.

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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
Toano, VA
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
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
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 107 responses

  • 44% Alcohol
  • 28% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 108 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 9% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 58% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 108 responses

  • 15% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 47% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 28% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 108 responses

  • 16% Practically unlimited.
  • 64% Somewhat abundant.
  • 19% Somewhat limited.
  • 2% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 108 responses

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


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