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Old 12-05-2009, 06:11 AM
 
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Looking for a College or University in which drinking/drug use are NOT used by the majority of the campus! Live in Indiana and don't want to attend a Christian College, but just a college in which people have fun...without using the alcohol and drugs. It seems to be the major preoccupation of most college students.
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:08 AM
 
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How far away are you willing to travel?
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Old 12-05-2009, 11:36 AM
 
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Are you against alcohol at all or just the concept of getting trashed all of the time?
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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Have you considered an urban or commuter college? At these types of schools, merely the fact that students are scattered about in smaller groups they are less likely to drink. The separation reduces the peer pressure and thus the pressure to drink. That doesn't mean there is no drinking, just that it is less emphasized.

What defines a commuter college is that a significant number or all of their students live off campus. Examples include: George Mason University, Rutgers, University of Illinois-Chicago and University of Chicago, California State University (most locations). They may still have a concentrated or cohesive campus with a defined boundary separating the campus from surrounding area, but the campus just doesn't include much or any housing.

What defines an urban college is that it is located in a dense urban environment. Examples include: New York University, Columbia University, UCLA, Georgetown, DePaul University, Rutgers. These colleges may have housing for students, even a significant amount of housing. But usually these colleges do not have a significant 'campus' with clearly defined boundaries. Oftentimes the universities occupy a number of buildings in a concentrated geographic area, but the university does not own all of the buildings in the area, and they often operate in buildings scattered throughout the urban area. In addition to students being scattered about, their urban settings offer many diversions which make alcohol consumption far less appealing.

These are in comparison to schools like University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Kansas, University of Minnesota, and Penn State, which have a large defined campus where students attend classes, live, and socialize largely within that boundary.
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Old 12-06-2009, 08:43 AM
 
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Looking for a College or University in which drinking/drug use are NOT used by the majority of the campus! Live in Indiana and don't want to attend a Christian College, but just a college in which people have fun...without using the alcohol and drugs. It seems to be the major preoccupation of most college students.
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:38 AM
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Looking for a College or University in which drinking/drug use are NOT used by the majority of the campus! Live in Indiana and don't want to attend a Christian College, but just a college in which people have fun...without using the alcohol and drugs. It seems to be the major preoccupation of most college students.
There are some schools with campus alcohol bans, though that just means off campus is where people drink. But if you just spend your time concentrating mostly on school and on campus activities, it's not too hard to avoid.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:53 AM
 
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Find a college that offers substance free housing. I did that my first year of college, made great friends, and had an amazing time. We'd get into all sorts of (sober) mischief and I'm still very close with most of these people over seven years later. I never had friends who were big drinkers, and I fully enjoyed college.

There will always be people who don't like to drink. If you find them, you won't have to be exposed to it. Even Christian colleges will have a hard drinking, rebellious contingent (I knew several girls who drunkenly got pregnant in Christian colleges), so you'll be hard pressed to find a school without any of it.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:09 PM
 
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Thanks for the thoughts. No, I am not against alcohol....enjoy a glass of wine or two now and again. I just think that if I am paying as much money as I know I'll be paying for my son to go to college...I would like him to do more than drink. All I hear form many college students is about the drunken parties. I just think there must be more to discovering oneself than drunkeness!
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:26 PM
 
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There will be parties like that on every campus. You just don't go if you don't want to. There are ALWAYS other things to do. I suggest substance free housing as well, it's your best bet without limiting your choices. Probably you will find one in your state.
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:39 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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If your son wants to party, he'll do it wherever he goes to school. I barely drank at all in college and I made friends with people who had similar social habits. If your son looks for people with similar values, it won't be a problem. It's all about how he was raised and the decisions HE makes. If you're worried he might get suckered into a crazy party lifestyle, that says a lot about your opinion of your son's decision making. Lots of people go to college and don't go crazy- by the age of 18, people can control their behavior.
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