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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Most people I know like to partake in alcohol or marijuana. There isn't any pressure if you don't but its readily available if you want it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Police are very strict about drug and alcohol use on and off campus. Parties rarely last very long, but substances are available to people who do not get caught.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They say they crack down on it and I've seen people get busted but the people on my hall always drink and smoke there is always some form of alcohol container in the bathroom trash can.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are drugs on campus (just like there are at any other school), but if you have no interest in them, then you will probably never see them or have to deal with them.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs is not a serious problem at UNCW.

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UNCW is a college just like any other college in that there are going to be situations with drugs and alcohol present. However, some people think that UNCW is more of a party school because of its location near the beach, but this isn't true. There are plenty of other activities, opportunities, and involvement options for students who don't want to participate in drinking or drug activity. How involved students are with drinking or drugs is really up to them, their decisions, and their friend groups, so it's nice that there's no pressure, and there's more than one choice.

People don't look differently at students that choose not to partake. Social drinking situations are available for those who want to participate, but UNCW takes its student code of conduct seriously and makes sure its rules are enforced. If students are caught drinking underage or in possession of alcohol or any other drugs, citations or tickets are issued, and students must report to the Office of the Dean of Students. Alcohol possession is allowed if students are of age, but these individuals must label their alcohol and must not supply any for other students.

Facts & Statistics

Alcohol-Related Referrals
452
Alcohol-Related Arrests
4
Drug-Related Referrals
73
Drug-Related Arrests
15
Most Popular Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Marijuana
  • Prescription "study" drugs (Adderall, Ritalin)
Drug Counseling Programs
Counseling Center
DePaolo Hall, second floor
Wilmington
(910) 962-3746
Counseling center services include consultation, assessment, counseling, and referrals.
Did You Know?
UNCW CROSSROADS is the substance abuse awareness program on campus, headquartered in DePaolo Hall, that puts on a lot of programs and awareness events around campus. CROSSROADS aims to educate students in smart decision-making, not scold for drinking or drug use.

Student Polls

Name the most popular drugs on campus.    Based on 68 responses

  • 42% Alcohol
  • 32% Marijuana
  • 20% Prescription "study drugs" (Adderall, Ritalin)
  • 3% None
  • 2% Cocaine
  • 1% Ecstasy
  • 0% Other prescription drugs (barbiturates, Valium, Xanax)
  • 0% Prescription painkillers (Vicodin, OxyContin)
  • 0% Steroids
  • 0% Psychedelics (LSD, mushrooms)
  • 0% Heroin
  • 0% Methamphetamine

How would you describe the drug scene on campus (not including alcohol)?    Based on 67 responses

  • 6% Drugs are not used on campus. Seriously.
  • 31% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 48% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 13% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 1% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How would you describe the social drinking scene on campus?    Based on 66 responses

  • 2% Students don't drink on campus. Seriously.
  • 12% Barely noticeable. Very few students take part.
  • 27% Somewhat noticeable. Less than half of students take part.
  • 45% Pretty noticeable. Many students take part.
  • 14% Very noticeable. Most students take part.

How much access do underage students have to alcohol?    Based on 67 responses

  • 13% Very limited.
  • 34% Somewhat limited.
  • 48% Somewhat abundant.
  • 4% Practically unlimited.

How does peer pressure affect students' use of drugs and alcohol?    Based on 67 responses

  • 43% You can have a great social life without drugs or alcohol.
  • 43% Most people partake in some form, but no one treats you differently if you don't.
  • 10% 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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