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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is pretty rampant, but honestly isn't that big of a deal. Nobody cares if you do or don't drink. You smell marijuana every now and then when you're at a party but I honestly rarely see people actually smoking. The police are pretty lenient with alcohol - citations are only issued if you're belligerent. I've been to multiple parties where the cops have shut it down but I have never seen them breathalize anyone. Don't smoke marijuana on campus though - you will definitely get penalized for that.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Though students may feel awkward if they do not drink, many students will abstain and they still have vibrant social lives.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People drink, but it's not so excessive to the point where it's annoying. The only thing that gets annoying is on the shuttle on late nights Friday and during the weekend, where everyone comes back from route 1 or other parties drunk. It can be annoying when you're coming back from the library and getting on the bus to go back to your dorm. Not that much of a big deal though.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Although I do not live on campus, the use of drugs and alcohol is not visible and you do not see much peer pressure. There are strict policies for drug and alcohol use, especially when it pertains to sexual harassment and rape.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug usage is really not that visible unless you're looking for it.


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With a big school like UMCP, there is usually a perception of a big drug scene. However, there is only a relatively small amount of traditional drugs being abused on campus. Marijuana and alcohol continue to be popular, given that they are both readily available. Hardcore drugs such as cocaine can probably be found or requested, but rarely do students mix with such "hard" drugs.

In residence halls, alcohol is more often heard than seen (“clink, clink”), and marijuana is more often smelled. Students smoking pot in residence halls are in for a challenge. Resident assistants have been trained to know the difference between cigar smoke and marijuana, and the police may be called to assist in a situation. However, students agree that the drug scene at Maryland is probably similar to most other college campuses—it’s not too hard to avoid.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
Alcohol-Related Arrests
Drug-Related Referrals
Drug-Related Arrests
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
Drug Counseling Programs
University of Maryland Counseling Center
Shoemaker Building
College Park
(301) 314-7651
Treatment for drug abuse is available.
Did You Know?
In the song "H To The Izzo," Jay-Z raps about selling weed to UMCP students: "Was herbin' 'em in the home of the Terrapins."

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 205 responses

  • 38% Alcohol
  • 31% Marijuana
  • 17% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 4% None
  • 3% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 2% Ecstasy
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 1% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 205 responses

  • 5% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 27% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 45% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 20% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 2% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 205 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 6% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 16% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 31% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 206 responses

  • 5% Very limited.
  • 18% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 29% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 206 responses

  • 32% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 52% 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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