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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Sure people drink, but I never saw any sort of illegal drugs.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: LUC is in the city. Of course there will be drug scenes on the college campus but not threatening to students.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are not many people doing drugs other than marijuana. It is clearly noticeable that a lot of students drink because you can always overhear them talking about it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not that many students are involved in drugs, but everyone drinks. There are a few people I know that choose not to and no one looks on them in a bad way. They still go out to parties, they just don't partake in the alcohol part. Pretty much everyone knows that everyone drinks, it's not a secret when the lines to get in the bars are miles long.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No peer pressure. If you don't want to drink, you don't have to. There's plenty of people who don't. Regarding drug use, I don't know anyone who engages in such activities.


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Drugs, like just about everything else you could possibly want, are abundantly available in Chicago. Not many students at Loyola resort to hardcore drug use, but there are certainly those that do. Although few people will admit it, it sometimes seems like the majority of undergraduates smoke marijuana at least every now and then, if not on a regular basis. Even if they avoid the green weed, a large percentage of Loyolans spend their non-study hours indulging heavily in alcohol. Overall, drug use is not prevalent, however, and students generally do not feel pressured to do drugs. No one at Loyola will shove a joint in your face and demand that you smoke it. If you choose to do drugs, it will be of your own volition. Just remember, drugs are bad, okay?

Although they tend to welcome “soft” drugs such as alcohol, nicotine, and pot, Loyola students stay away from the harder stuff. You will find few cokeheads or heroin addicts on campus. Most people who hear about the use of this sort of drug by one of their friends are utterly disappointed. Students like to have a good time, but they do not want to see their friends become the victims of rampant drug use.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
  • Nicotine
Drug Counseling Programs
The Counseling Center
Wellness Center
(773) 508-2740
Short-term counseling and group therapy, referral service
Drug Counseling Programs
University Ministry
(773) 508-2200

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 100 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 8% None
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 101 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 43% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 41% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 10% 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 101 responses

  • 8% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 17% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 34% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 6% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 101 responses

  • 11% Very limited.
  • 38% Somewhat limited.
  • 42% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 100 responses

  • 46% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 42% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 9% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 3% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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