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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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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Its what it is. They aren't prevalent if you don't do drugs, but if you do they are fairly easy to obtain.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are here but just your garden variety alcohol/weed - there's absoutly no pressure to do either, even in friend circles that do use either. Boston has strict liquior laws but most upperclassmen provide for the rest of campus, and there isn't a ton of binge drinking, though it does of course happen.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: This totally depends on who you hang out with at school. A lot of my friends are drug/alcohol users, and I am okay with that, so it doesn't bother me at all. Others who do not like to be around drugs/alcohol/parties generally find their own niches and friend groups as well. There are so many students, clubs, and organizations on campus to meet like-minded people that it isn't hard to find what you want to find.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People definitely drink alcohol, smoke weed, and do drugs. But honestly, you won't be looked at weirdly if you say that you don't want to partake in any of it.


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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 139 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% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 138 responses

  • 4% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 33% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 44% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 17% 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 138 responses

  • 4% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 8% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 17% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 52% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 139 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 24% Somewhat limited.
  • 58% Somewhat abundant.
  • 10% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 139 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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