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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I haven't really heard of anyone doing anything besides weed.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Little peer pressure, sometimes overbearing policy.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you don't drink, you'll still have as much fun even more than those that do. Also, drug use is frowned upon even by the student body, except for weed and tobacco cigarettes, so if you are caught with any hard substances you'll get in serious trouble.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: Um... I think drug kind of is impossible to absolutely eliminated

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There isn't much time for partying with the large workload, and parties get busted pretty easily with everyone living on campus.


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Drugs exist on the MHC campus, but in general, the drug scene is pretty tame. Yes, alcohol is ever-present (often hidden away in a secret stash in your room or your friend’s room), but as one student said, serious abuse of any drug, including alcohol, is rare. There are far more alcohol-related referrals than drug-related referrals, which tells you something right there—you won’t find many hardcore drugs on this campus. It’s also significant that there are many more referrals than arrests. Public Safety is not likely to arrest you for alcohol use—things just don’t get that wild, although you can still get caught for excessive drinking, and then you’ll probably get referred to a treatment program.

You can completely avoid the drug scene at Mount Holyoke if you want to because it’s not that pervasive. However, if you remain at the school for any length of time, you’ll probably encounter at least one person who regularly gets drunk or high. The trick is, if you are such a person, keep things carefully concealed because if you’re caught, you’ll get a bad reputation. Besides alcohol, caffeine is probably the most widely used drug—the favorite of students pulling all-nighters.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP)
Room 110, Pattie Groves Health Center
(413) 538-2616
Individual counseling and counselor-facilitated groups, peer support groups, network of recovering alumnae, workshops and other educational materials

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 48 responses

  • 39% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 14% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 5% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 47 responses

  • 9% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 53% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 36% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 2% 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 46 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 13% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 57% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 28% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 0% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 47 responses

  • 13% Very limited.
  • 47% Somewhat limited.
  • 38% Somewhat abundant.
  • 2% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 47 responses

  • 68% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 32% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 0% 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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