Drug Safety

Salem, OR
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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: This campus is in Oregon so there is some marijuana use, but everyone studies pretty hard most of the time and drugs are not used that often.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol, mostly. Parties every weekend somewhere in town, but barely noticeable on campus. Substance free dorms excellent places with work-conducive atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's a lot of pot usage

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't want to do it nobody cares

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There is substance-free housing but again, it's Oregon and marijuana is very prevalent. Most people use it as a way to chill out and relax. Alcohol comes out on the weekends and parties tend to be pretty safe it's just walking home from off-campus that you have to be worried about. There are some harder drugs if you look for them but people will never push you to do anything you're not comfortable with.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 280th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 498th
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 651st
    Least Underage Drinkers
  • 1057th
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1260th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses

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Rafael Baptista
Portland, OR
Politics and Spanish
Grad Year
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Like most schools, the most popular drug on campus is marijuana. A good number of Willamette students will smoke marijuana, but for the majority that does not smoke, there is no peer pressure to join in. While Willamette students tend to be pretty liberal toward marijuana, it is not visible on campus. Most people who smoke do so in their room or at off-campus houses. Harder drugs—cocaine, meth, and heroine—are very rare on campus, and you have to go searching to find any. The overwhelming majority of Willamette students will graduate without ever seeing any hard drugs.

Willamette is great for students who enjoy recreational use of marijuana, but it's also great for students who do not want to be around drugs. There is a good balance between those two groups. One nice thing about Willamette is that the University provides free substance counseling services for students struggling with substance abuse.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Baxter Hall, 900 State St.
(503) 370-6471
Drug and alcohol counseling, referrals to off-campus programs

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 30 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 39% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% None
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 47% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 7% 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 30 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 33% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 20% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% Practically unlimited.
  • 41% Somewhat abundant.
  • 52% Somewhat limited.
  • 3% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 31% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 66% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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