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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Of course there is access to drugs and alcohol if you go looking for it. Although alcohol is surprisingly difficult to attain for underclassmen, considering how strict Boston is about fake IDs and underage drinking. Very limited hard drugs to my knowledge. Alcohol is very popular, as is weed. It's there if you want it, but can just as easily be avoided if you don't. No one will pressure you or make you feel bad, regardless of what your preferences are.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A lot of people drink and smoke socially, but not everyone does it, and you don't need it in order to have fun. Alcohol is common but you won't get caught for dorm drinking or smoking unless you are being too loud or they catch you in the act. But if you get caught, you will get in some serious trouble. Weed is prevalent in certain social spheres and you can sometimes smell it walking near certain places on campus. If you ask around, it's not too difficult to get. Hard drugs are whispered about, but you don't really see them.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I just transferred in and I don't do drugs or drink so I wouldn't know about this lifestyle.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People drink in the dorms even though it's technically not allowed. You will smell a lot of pot in the halls of the dorm buildings and around campus.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People are really chill here and don't care too much about what other people do. Mostly everyone drinks and smokes at least sometimes but if you don't, no one looks down on you at all and you can still go to all the same parties and have just as much fun. Most parties happen off campus for space reasons so all you'll really find in the dorms is some small get-togethers with alcohol and weed. RAs don't want to get anyone in trouble so you'll never get busted for drinking or smoking unless you're being excessively loud or someone is in danger. Medical amnesty is taken very seriously and if you or a friend drinks too much you can get help without getting in trouble. Its very easy to obtain virtually any drug you want if you know the right people, but no one is going to pressure you into doing anything.

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What little of a drug scene there is on campus really isn’t hard to avoid. During the 2008 election, voters in Massachusetts decided to decriminalize possession of marijuana. If a person is caught with one ounce or less of marijuana, he or she will be charged a $100 fine and will not be reported to Massachusetts’ criminal history board. Other harder drugs are around, but they aren’t out in the open, and students certainly don’t feel pressured to be involved if they don’t want to.

Make sure your roommate is aware of your stance on drugs. Many problems develop between roommates when it comes to disagreements over that sort of thing, particularly because the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is notoriously hard on students caught with drugs. If you get caught, chances are that your roommate will, too, and vice versa.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.)
Drug Counseling Programs
University of Health & Counseling Services
Forsyth Building, Suite 135
(617) 373-2772
Counseling and prevention/education programs are available.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 143 responses

  • 36% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 141 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 32% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 45% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 16% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 141 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 53% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 19% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 143 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 24% Somewhat limited.
  • 59% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 143 responses

  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 53% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 8% 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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