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/ November 16, 2012
[INFOGRAPHIC] Drugs, You, and NYU: A Visual Analysis

This week, NYU Local took to the internet with an important question: Is NYU on drugs?

The answer we received was a resounding “probably”.

Nearly six-hundred current NYU and NYU-Poly students from seventy-eight different programs shared their drug histories through an anonymous online survey. Their results are after the jump.

Disclaimer: This survey was distributed through Facebook groups, wall posts, G-Chats, listserves, Reddit links, and tweets. Its sample group was self-selected from these sources, therefore its results are likely biased toward the opinions of people who frequent these sites (also toward the opinions of people who like to take drug-related surveys just for fun)*.

Furthermore, Correlation does not imply causation. In other words, an apparent trend of drug-use among Biology majors does not imply that all Biology majors will use drugs, or that drug use will convert one into a Biology major.

*This disclaimer directed at the “CAS student majoring in Starcraft” who “does heroin everyday”: We discarded your answer because it was an obvious lie. The Starcraft major is only available through Gallatin.

We asked students their major, how frequently they use drugs (excluding alcohol and prescribed medications), and which drugs they have used while attending NYU.

The results by schools:



Results by frequency of drug use:


Most-commonly used drugs at NYU:

A complete breakdown of individual responses is available here, sorted by major, frequency, and number of student reports.

And while, yes, a brief read will tell you that the average reported Comparative Literature major uses more drugs than the average reported Neural Science major, longer examination reveals something entirely different. The trends we discern are murky at best, and obscured by outliers; or perhaps these patterns are completely products of our imagination. The fact is that, like any other demographic, many NYU students use drugs, but without any real predilection.

Have fun, and be safe everyone.

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