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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I choose not to be a part of the drug scene. I have not seen it nor been pressured. I know there probably is drug use but I do not participate.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: There is always going to be drugs and alcohol at every school you attend. Unfortunately it is not something you can avoid. But, It is not something I would want to get involved in, so I stay away.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People only do it if they like it.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I've never noticed drugs on campus (downtown at the health sciences campus).

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Every college has drugs and alcohol. I don't have a comment on this because if people want to do that I'm not going to tell them how to live their life. It's their choice.


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The most prominent drug at Grand Valley is alcohol, and underage drinking is a slight problem in both on- and off-campus housing. Alcohol is not allowed in on-campus housing facilities, but each year, a small number of freshmen get caught storing alcohol in their rooms. The majority of Grand Valley students does not smoke cigarettes, but smoking can still be seen on campus. Smokers must be at least 25 feet from any building, and the rule is just starting to be more heavily enforced. Marijuana is used privately by a small percentage of students, and concentration-enhancing drugs, such as Adderall, are also known to be used. However, these and other hard drugs are kept very low-key.

The minor drug scene at Grand Valley is easily avoidable. Students are accepting and won’t pressure anyone to use drugs. However, many students turn 21 while enrolled at GVSU, so finding a student who does not drink, at least occasionally, is very rare. But Grand Valley does offer theme housing for students who wish to totally avoid the alcohol that is occasionally present in other residence halls.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
204 Student Services Building
(616) 331-3266
Assessments, individual substance abuse counseling, prevention programs, and the Wellness Task Force are all available resources to students.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 153 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 7% None
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 154 responses

  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 52% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 33% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 6% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 153 responses

  • 9% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 23% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 34% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 27% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 7% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 153 responses

  • 18% Very limited.
  • 37% Somewhat limited.
  • 42% Somewhat abundant.
  • 3% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 151 responses

  • 54% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 40% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 6% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 1% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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