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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The rich, party-hardy kids do tons, the average student does not.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a lot of underage alcohol usage but that is to be expected.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everybody drinks alcohol and gets crazy drunk on the weekends to 'unwind'.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There definitely is a drug scene, mostly among the city kids or international students. However, with such a great diversity of students nobody cares whether or not you partake. Alcohol is permitted in upperclassman dorms (only prohibited in freshman dorms), so it is readily available at most if not all parties.

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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not much peer pressure or visible usage! Just people going home at all hours of the night!

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Drugs have a very small presence at Harvard. Marijuana is certainly the most prevalent, while harder drugs such as cocaine are often rumored to be the drug of choice for a small minority. However, these tend to be rumors and should not be trusted completely. The overwhelming majority of students avoids all drug use and enjoys the ability to engage in a drug-free social life.

Students also note that for those interested in drug use, there are a number of outlets, especially within the city of Boston. All in all, Harvard receives high marks for its ability to keep drug use to a minimum and facilitate an academic and social life that is not inhibited by drugs.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Harvard University Health Services
7 Linden St.
(617) 495-2042
Consultations, resource library, treatment referrals

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 39 responses

  • 31% Alcohol
  • 29% Marijuana
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% Cocaine
  • 4% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 4% Steroids
  • 4% Methamphetamine
  • 2% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Heroin
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 39 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 44% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 3% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 5% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 18% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 42% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 26% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 11% Very limited.
  • 22% Somewhat limited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 30% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 37 responses

  • 41% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 35% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 11% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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