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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere, many people drink but others do not and no one (explicitly) treats them differently. There is some pressure to drink but it's not overwhelming in my opinion. Other drugs are present on campus, but there isn't a drug culture in the same way that there is a drinking culture.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am concerned that many rules at Rice are more strict than at High School. Even when you reach 21 the campus police can be heavy handed regarding alcohol and often cause a situation rather than helping students with a calm approach.

Rice is a great university but rules and regulations and the referrrals to a judicial process cause anxiety. Students generally know when they have done wrong and learn from that without the stress of a hearing.

Rice offers much but students need to be able to develop so they are ready for the world outside, stffling exuberance is not a practical solution.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Not a lot of pressure to drink, but a huge part of campus culture.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: We're a wet campus, but this "doesn't trump state law." What this means is that if you're underage, you aren't ~technically~ supposed to drink/do drugs. However, as long as you're reasonable, respectful, and responsible, the administration kinda just lets us do our own thing. They definitely do punish students who clearly disobey the alcohol policy, but in general as long as you are a reasonable drinker you'll be fine. Same goes for smoking weed, though harder drugs are much more frowned upon.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana is the most visible/common drug, but it's probably used by less than 10% of the student body. Culture of care applies here and people definitely look out for each other. Harder drugs are much less visible/common, but you could probably find it if you know the right people. Drugs aren't really a part of the party culture and I think they're used responsibly on campus.

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Most students feel that drugs are a non-issue at Rice. People that want them can seek them out, but for the most part, you will rarely encounter anything other than alcohol unless you go looking for it. At Rice parties, alcohol plays a very key role, and it’s highly visible, but drugs are not. Nevertheless, it's very feasible to have a normal and happy social life without partaking in drugs or alcohol.  

As far as the scene itself goes, pot is definitely the most widely-used illegal substance—most people who do experiment with drugs do so carefully, and very few students are ever expelled over drugs. All in all, the drug scene at Rice is practically invisible. As with anywhere, it can be sought out, but it is certainly not prevalent and unavoidable.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Rice Counseling Center
Morton L. Rich Health Service Center/Barbara David Gibbs Recreation & Wellness Center
(713) 348-4867
Students can seek help for misuse of alcohol and other drugs; they can also go to the counseling center if they worry about the well-being of another student abusing such substances.
Did You Know?
Each residential college has a chief justice who is a student in charge of keeping the college safe and free from any run-ins with the police.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 56 responses

  • 43% Alcohol
  • 36% Marijuana
  • 11% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 2% None
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 1% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Cocaine
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 57 responses

  • 2% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 35% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 53% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 11% 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 57 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 4% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 12% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 44% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 40% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 56 responses

  • 2% Very limited.
  • 14% Somewhat limited.
  • 29% Somewhat abundant.
  • 55% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 56 responses

  • 38% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 48% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 11% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 4% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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