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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want it, you can find it but no one will force you into anything.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Huge binge-drinking issue on campus, if you don't drink you're left out

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many people drink in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You can drink and do drugs if you'd like but you will never feel obligated to.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol and drugs are part of the social scene at Cal Poly, but it is not out of control.


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By no means is Cal Poly's drug scene known far and wide. Surely, if you're looking for drugs, you'll be able to find them, but it's extremely easy to avoid exposure to the entire drug scene. This is probably due at least in part to the fact that Cal Poly students spend a lot of time studying and are generally in challenging classes that require their full brain to be working. That isn't to say that Cal Poly students don't make time for fun; it's just that when they do, they generally choose to drink alcohol. 

It's incredibly reassuring to know that peer pressure is not generally an issue. This is obviously contingent upon the people, but students will generally respect others' wishes to either participate or not.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Building 27, Room 136
San Luis Obispo
(805) 756-1211
Peer counseling and professional counseling are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 150 responses

  • 40% Alcohol
  • 34% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Ecstasy
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 1% None
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 149 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 32% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 46% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 14% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 149 responses

  • 7% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 7% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 22% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 150 responses

  • 5% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 65% Somewhat abundant.
  • 13% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 150 responses

  • 40% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 47% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 2% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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