Drug Safety

Middletown, CT
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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Nobody will peer pressure you into alcohol or drugs. You will probably be offered alcohol if you go partying, but that's more out of people being nice and offering than trying to get you to do it. I haven't really run into the drug scene here, but I guess you'll occasionally smell marijuana when you pass by someone smoking.

1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Wesleyan is, well, Wesleyan. Drugs are everywhere. I can't step out of my dorm without smelling marijuana. On Saturday and Sunday morning, you can easily walk through campus and see red Solo cups and beer cans strewn about. In spite of this, Wesleyan does a relatively good job on drug safety with presentations...only your freshman year though.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's definitely THERE - more than the average number of people smoke weed and the alcohol flows like water. But most people are generally pretty smart about what they do, and there's very little peer pressure to do anything you don't want to do. Harder drugs are less visible and you could easily go without seeing them unless you hang out with certain people.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Depends on What You're Looking for – Many types of drugs are accessible (haven't come across heroin, though), but most students (if they do any drugs) are casual smokers/drinkers, which makes PSafe pretty loose with the enforcement. You can easily go through Wes without smoking a single joint and not being judged for it, same for drinking; it's an accepting school.

College Junior

Drug Safety: It's There If You Want It – It's there if you want it, but no one would ever pressure you into something. I would say drinking and weed are the most popular. On 4/20 basically our entire school is on Foss Hill and Public Safety doesn't really do anything about it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 50th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 1107th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1283rd
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1312nd
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1318th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Anya Morgan
Los Angeles
English and French
Grad Year
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For the most part, the rumors are true—drugs are prevalent at Wesleyan. The two most popular substances are alcohol and marijuana, but you can find pretty much anything if you ask around. Many underage students drink (like at any university), and probably more than the average number smoke weed. Public Safety officers usually won't bust you unless they deem your situation to be dangerous or you show a blatant disregard for the rules (such as drinking/doing drugs openly in front of them). If someone is sick, P-Safe (Public Safety) will tend to their health first and foremost, calling an ambulance if necessary, and the first ambulance ride to the hospital is free.

However, if you choose not to participate in the drug scene, no one will look down on you; Wesleyan students are notoriously accepting of all and any life choices, including those related to drugs, alcohol, and smoking. In fact, sobriety is often respected and admired, which is something that differs from the state of affairs at other universities.  There are substance-free halls available, and also a program house called "Well-Being House," where the residents sign a contract pledging not to bring any substances into the residence. At Wesleyan, drugs are regarded as one option among many weekend pastimes, and while there are a lot of them floating about, they by no means dominate the social scene.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
  • Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling and Psychological Services
327 High St./Davison Health Center, second floor
(860) 685-2910
Personal and group therapy sessions are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 23 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 36% Marijuana
  • 16% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 10% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 21 responses

  • 5% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 52% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 38% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 5% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 40% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 56% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 23 responses

  • 52% Practically unlimited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 0% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 83% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 17% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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