Drug Safety

Williamstown, MA
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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Williams has a very welcoming culture regarding alcohol and drugs. If you're into it, great. If not, also great.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students drink. Some smoke marijuana and once in a while its smell can be felt in hallways.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Its Not a Huge Issue – Most people drink, alot of people smoke weed. But if you dont want to be around it, you dont have to. People stay hidden for the most part if they smoke. No one is pressured to do anything they dont want to do. Everyone realizes the value of athletics and academics and a moral code. As is in most colleges, the way to socialize is to go out and drink and go to parties. But you can do it without. Its such a small school that no one cares and there arent really normal limitations that you'd see at a bigger school.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Wiliams Is Not for Hardcore Drug-Users – Drugs are not too common at Williams. Because it is such an athletic campus, the student body in general is quite health-conscious. There is some marijuana in the dorms, but it is not too popular. Drinking is very common and drives the weekend party scene.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You're a Part of It If You Want to Be – As far as alcohol goes, it's pretty common and the only time security really comes is if there is a complaint about noise but it's cool and for the most part in a controlled environment. As to other drugs I'm sure it happens but its not something you hear about a lot.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 228th
    Most Social Drinkers
  • 834th
    Most Drug-Free Campuses
  • 842nd
    Least Peer-Pressured Students
  • 1111st
    Best Schools for Non-Drinkers
  • 1203rd
    Least Underage Drinkers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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As most students indicate, there is hardly a drug scene at Williams. Yet, there’s always that voice in the corner saying that the drug scene is flourishing if you know where to look.

The drug scene gets an A- at Williams since it's not visible at all, and the College could probably get an A. Meanwhile, students say that it's a fact that no one would be pressured into doing drugs at Williams, and that those who wish to forget that drugs exist can do so easily on this campus.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Health Center
Educational workshops, individual counseling by appointment

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 10 responses

  • 42% Marijuana
  • 38% Alcohol
  • 12% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Cocaine
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 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 social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 58% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 8% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% 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 12 responses

  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.
  • 8% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 58% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 33% 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 12 responses

  • 67% Practically unlimited.
  • 25% Somewhat abundant.
  • 8% Somewhat limited.
  • 0% Very limited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 73% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 27% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
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