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Drug Safety


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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug scene is definitely present but it is not so noticeable if you don't partake in it. Peer pressure is very minimal when it comes to drug usage.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have not encountered any issues while attending.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's okay, it could be a lot worse. Although there is a really bad drug going around Mankato right now that they believe is a synthetic LSD

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Mankato is known as a party school, but you don't have to make it that way if you don't want to. You won't see intoxicated people during the day but weekends are lively with parties.

5 College Junior

Drug Safety: They make it easy to stay clean/sober


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To put it plain and simple, MSU is known as a party school, but both the University and local law enforcement are cracking down on parties and underage drinking, especially after a few alcohol-related deaths a few years ago. Due to the overuse of alcohol, MSU officials have even created an alcohol policy that includes punishment for violations related to off-campus drinking, in addition to the fines you would get from the police. Another prevalent drug on campus is marijuana. You can sometimes smell it on the person who randomly sits next to you in class, but overall, that part of the drug scene is kept much more quiet.

No matter what class year you're in or where you are on campus, you will almost always hear someone talking about a party that happened the night before or one that is going to happen that weekend. But while partying and drinking are big things on this campus, most students do respect the wishes of people who do not wish to partake. So do not let the party reputation keep you from coming to this school or, on the flip side, do not let it be the only reason you attend. There is so much more to do here on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights than party!

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcoholics Anonymous
Newman Center, 1331 Warren St.
On campus
(507) 387-4154
AA meetings are held on campus every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
245 Centennial Student Union
On campus
(507) 389-1455
Short-term counseling on a variety of issues, including drug and alcohol abuse

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 37 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 37% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% 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 37 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 46% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 19% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 32% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 38% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

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

  • 8% Very limited.
  • 38% Somewhat limited.
  • 30% Somewhat abundant.
  • 24% Practically unlimited.

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

  • 46% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 38% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 16% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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