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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The most common drug used is weed. Sometimes you can smell it on the floor of the house you live on and it gets overbearing especially if you have a sensitive nose. Depends on which house you live in but drinking can be a common occurrence

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The one mandatory thing that Smith requires before anyone comes to campus is an alcohol training video. It definitely helps maintain safety for first years, especially during the first semester.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: some drugs, usually not prevalent, good policies

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I think the drug issue at Smith is fine. There are not a lot of people doing it but we do have a few.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The prevalence of alcohol use is completely dependent on where on campus you live. In some houses, you might feel left out if you don't drink. In others, you'll have a perfectly good time with no underclasswomen routinely drinking.

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Drug use is fairly significant on campus, but it is not highly visible. In general, Smith students who use drugs do them with others who do, so non-users feel very little pressure to use drugs because of how insular the various drug-using groups are. If you want drugs, it’s possible to get them, but it’s not as though dealers are announcing their presence, and no one is running around trying to sell drugs.

Cocaine is a fairly common drug on campus, but it is mostly underground. There is a more significant use of softer drugs—alcohol and marijuana are highly prevalent on campus. It’s also not uncommon to hear of students selling, taking, or snorting Ritalin or Adderall during finals. It would be difficult to estimate the number of students who do this because, like most drug use on campus, it is largely hidden. Overall, drugs are a dominant force on campus for students who choose to be a part of that scene, but those who want to stay away from them don’t have a problem doing so. There is very strict enforcement by Residence Life staff and Public Safety, so students who do choose to use drugs are forced to be discrete.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Adderall
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Ritalin
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Services
Elizabeth Mason Infirmary
(413) 585-2840
Counseling regarding abuse issues, resources

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 44 responses

  • 35% Alcohol
  • 35% Marijuana
  • 19% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Cocaine
  • 2% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 1% Methamphetamine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 44% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 51% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 4% 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 44 responses

  • 0% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 14% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 25% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 52% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 9% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 7% Very limited.
  • 39% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 7% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 44 responses

  • 52% 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.
  • 0% You'll definitely feel a little awkward if you don't drink.
  • 0% If you don't partake, you're left out.
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