The most prominent drug at Grand Valley is alcohol, and underage drinking is a slight problem in both on- and off-campus housing. Alcohol is not allowed in on-campus housing facilities, but each year, a small number of freshmen get caught storing alcohol in their rooms. The majority of Grand Valley students does not smoke cigarettes, but smoking can still be seen on campus. Smokers must be at least 25 feet from any building, and the rule is just starting to be more heavily enforced. Marijuana is used privately by a small percentage of students, and concentration-enhancing drugs, such as Adderall, are also known to be used. However, these and other hard drugs are kept very low-key.
The minor drug scene at Grand Valley is easily avoidable. Students are accepting and won’t pressure anyone to use drugs. However, many students turn 21 while enrolled at GVSU, so finding a student who does not drink, at least occasionally, is very rare. But Grand Valley does offer theme housing for students who wish to totally avoid the alcohol that is occasionally present in other residence halls.