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Drug Safety: People at Colgate like to have fun. Most liberal arts colleges say they have a work hard, play harder mentality, but this is more true at Colgate than anywhere else I have seen.

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Drug Safety: If partying is your thing, you'll find it here. But at the same time there is hardly any peer pressure and there are plenty of alternatives to the drinking centered night life.

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Drug Safety: Many people drink, but there is no pressure to do so. There are still activities and a social scene if you don't. There is drug use, but again no pressure.

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Drug Safety: There is no shortage of alcohol. Drugs can be easily found.

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Drug Safety: Many people drink, but no one is pressured into drinking if they don't want to.


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While certain drugs are a part of Colgate’s night scene, they are far less pervasive than the drinking culture and tend to be far less overt. Marijuana follows behind alcohol as the substance of choice among Colgate students, although those actively looking for harder drugs are typically able to find what they are seeking. With that being said, harder drugs are far less visible on campus and are used considerably less often. Overall, if students take part in Colgate’s drug scene, they do it behind closed doors and in the shadows. While there is a presence of alcohol and other substances on campus, there is no pressure to take part in either, and the University has an anti-hazing policy that it actively enforces. Increasing in popularity is prescription study drugs, which though used by a small portion of the population, are far more accessible than most other drugs.

With the exception of a DWI charge, which results in a minimum semester suspension, the University seems to take a harsher stance on drug violations than alcohol violations under the new points system which was adopted in 2011. There is still some question as to how actively it will be enforced in the future, but it does mark a serious improvement over the ambiguity of the previous disciplinary system.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
Conant House
(315) 228-7385
Confidential drug, alcohol, and health counseling services are available.
Did You Know?
Colgate's Counseling Center provides free individual counseling to students with alcohol and other substance-abuse issues.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 44 responses

  • 33% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 16% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 12% Cocaine
  • 4% Ecstasy
  • 2% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% None
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 13% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 47% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 29% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 11% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 2% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 0% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 98% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 2% Somewhat limited.
  • 36% Somewhat abundant.
  • 61% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 16% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 41% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 39% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 5% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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