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5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Definitely better than at a state school or other private university; people do drugs and drink but it's not really going to determine your social life.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are out there, just like they are anywhere in the world. Just be smart and stay away from the wrong people.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: RPI is not exactly known as a 'party school' but it is definitely a drinking school. Alcohol is a huge presence on campus, not only in parties but outside as well. Many people drink to try to alleviate some of the academic pressure that runs rampant on campus. Drugs are also a presence, but it's not a problem. No one will pressure you to drink or do drugs and you are not seen differently if you don't do any of those things, which is something that I really like about this school.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol usage is huge on campus. It is almost expected at parties but you will not be treated differently if you do not participate.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Pretty much anything you want, you have access to. However, there is no pressure at all to drink or do drugs and people that choose not to don't seem to be treated any differently.


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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 37 responses

  • 43% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 18% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 38 responses

  • 8% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 39% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 37% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 16% 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 38 responses

  • 3% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 11% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 29% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 13% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 36 responses

  • 8% Very limited.
  • 17% Somewhat limited.
  • 53% Somewhat abundant.
  • 22% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 36 responses

  • 44% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 39% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 14% 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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