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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No one is pressured into anything. There are a lot of first years sent to lawrence hospital that first week, though, because they don't know what they can handle. Try not to just start smoking because most people on campus do and it's a pain in the ass to quit and the craving will follow you for a long time. There are some people who do use adderall and coke and LSD on campus and it's pretty tolerated but if you aren't into it and don't hang out with those people, you won't see it. Weed is easy to get and you can smell it all day but most people don't come to class baked, even if they do smoke regularly.

1 College Junior

Drug Safety: Security cares about pot smokers sometimes but often times people just sit out and smoke weed with no punishment.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There's virtually no peer pressure, even amongst the craziest party circles, so if you don't do substances and don't want to you'll be fine. If you're vaguely into the drug/alcohol scene, going to SLC might not do you much good. While easily avoidable, drugs are also very easily accessible and widely used at SLC, and with the negative hipster social scene, unhealthy abuse is rampant. I fell down that rabbit hole and am still recovering. If you want easy access to lots of drugs with a campus that won't care if you use them, SLC is great.

SLC also has a policy that you won't get in trouble if you call in someone whose health is at risk, regardless of what substances you were using, so that's awesome.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is pretty much nonexistent, people take a to each is his or her own attitude on most everything.

Drug and alcohol visibility is pretty nil, unless you are looking for it, in which case take your pick. Not sure how well policies are enforced, but my sense is that its not much.

When you combine lots of artsy, angst ridden college kids, many of whom come from lots of money, with close proximity to NYC, there is a significant amount of usage.

That being said, its entirely possible to have a good social life, and go through your entire SLC experience without running into too much of this culture, and I've never seen anyone pressured into doing anything.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People are generally safe enough, most students dont use anything too "hardcore," it's mostly just weed. Residence life puts on an alcohol and other drugs safety presentation, and students learn about being safe and knowing the effects.


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Although you’ll encounter hazy-eyed students staggering from Andrews Court every weekend, it’s unusual to see the drugs they used—most kids retreat into small, private gatherings to get wasted. Marijuana and coke are big, and at most house parties, the liquor runs dry before you even arrive. During Conference Week, stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall are popular with students who pull all-nighters. Fortunately, students who aren’t into the drug scene aren’t typically pressured or harassed by those who are.

In reflecting on the drug scene, students seem disturbed by the reckless behavior of their peers. Drug abuse, although generally accepted, is not perceived as a “cool” thing by the campus. So why is there a problem? The dismal social scene, the anti-social demeanor of many students, and the insular campus atmosphere are popular scapegoats for SLC’s drug predicament. And despite the College’s numerous movements to educate students on safe partying habits, more and more kids get hospitalized for substance abuse every year. SLC is a close-knit community, and episodes of alcohol poisoning or drug overdoses send shockwaves all over campus.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
Health Services
Lyles House
(914) 395-2350
Individual counseling, group counseling, connection to on-campus student support groups are available; Alcohol-Wise is a Web-based program to help students make healthy decisions.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 26 responses

  • 28% Marijuana
  • 24% Alcohol
  • 17% Cocaine
  • 15% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 6% Ecstasy
  • 6% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 3% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% None

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 27 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 37% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 48% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 15% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 0% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 8% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 72% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 20% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Very limited.
  • 8% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 44% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 25 responses

  • 16% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 68% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 4% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 12% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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