Drug Safety

Wellesley, MA
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Most people drink, but often in a very low-key way. There are barely any big parties on campus. Drug use is very low.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I'm not into drugs, and I tend to stay away from people who do them. But alcohol availability is practically unlimited, unless you're underage. If you are, your legal friend can buy you a drink and no one cares. The drinking scene is most noticeable if you like to go out on weekend nights, or if there's an on-campus party. It's VERY noticeable at those times. I've never heard anyone get in trouble for doing non-alcoholic drugs- and I know users are on our campus- so I assume doing drugs is uncommon but also not bad. And people tend to be very safe with their drug use.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am not familiar with the drug scene at my school.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure. It exists if you want it to, but it's virtually invisible if you want to be removed from that.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't wanna drink, you don't. People respect that here. Alcohol is actually pretty hard to come by. We're a very dry campus. There is basically no drug culture.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 329th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 616th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 681st
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 897th
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1005th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Safety Harbor, FL
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
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Drugs are at Wellesley, just like everywhere else, and they can be sought after or ignored. Depending on where students hang out and who their friends are, some report never having smelled marijuana smoke wafting down the hall, while others see classmates toke up on a daily basis. Drugs that help people concentrate, from caffeine to Adderall and Ritalin, are both used and abused, but it's hard to determine how widespread this practice is.

It's not likely that you're going to stumble into the bathroom at a Wellesley party and find someone doing hardcore drugs, and it's even less likely that people are going to miss class because they just can't resist the "wake and bake." On the other hand, the desire to conform to—or escape—academic pressure may tempt some students to pop an Adderall while writing a paper or smoke a little to blow off steam on the weekend.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
Office of Religious and Spiritual Life
Billings Hall, second floor
(781) 283-2685
Religious and spiritual counseling
Drug Counseling Programs
Wellesley College Counseling Service
Stone Center
(781) 283-2839
Free short-term individual and group counseling services

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 27 responses

  • 44% Alcohol
  • 27% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% None
  • 4% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 8% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 42% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 42% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 4% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 67% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 7% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% Practically unlimited.
  • 46% Somewhat abundant.
  • 50% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% 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.
  • 54% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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