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Drug Safety


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2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of kids feel they need to let off steam since classes are so stressful.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not bad. Most stuff happens at fraternities and they have a lot of rules to follow so mostly things stay well under control and the people throwing parties are cooperative with authorities and local residents. However, many people do go out, mainly because of stress from the classes. Although I do have a large friend group who never drink at all and they get along just fine so it's not a high peer pressure environment.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are lots of parties, but the party scene is non-existent if you want it to be. Party if you want to, but nobody is going to think anything of if you don't.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is available at fraternity houses but drugs are rarely used

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not many kids do drugs but a lot do drink (probably to relieve the stress of engineering)


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The main drug in use on campus is marijuana. Stimulants are also fairly common during exams. RPI is not much different from most campuses in this respect. Most students prefer alcohol, with marijuana coming in a distant second. Overall, the campus has very few problems; even the number of reported incidents is low, considering the size of the campus.

Basically, any drug scene at RPI is limited to those who want to be in it. There is no pressure to do anything if you don't want to, and those groups that choose to use drugs mainly stick to themselves. It's important to remember that there are drugs out there. If you don't want them, however, you could probably go through four years and never see a thing.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Marijuana
  • Various stimulants
Drug Counseling Programs
Student Health Center Counseling
Student Health Center, 3200 Academy Hall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY
(518) 276-6287
Individual therapy, faculty/staff consultation

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 31 responses

  • 45% Alcohol
  • 33% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Cocaine
  • 0% None
  • 0% Ecstasy
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 45% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 35% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 13% 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 31 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 10% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 32% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 42% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 20% Somewhat limited.
  • 50% Somewhat abundant.
  • 23% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 30 responses

  • 47% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 37% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 13% 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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