The drug scene at Penn State Altoona is moderate in comparison to other big-name schools. Many students experiment with alcohol, but others do try harder drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, and marijuana. The use of alcohol is very visible. In fact, some days, a noticeable number of students arrive to their classes either hungover or still drunk—this usually happens Friday mornings due to the prevalence of Thirsty Thursday.
However, just be warned: Underage students found drinking or drunk will receive an underage citation, which are taken seriously. And more than one citation can lead to having Judicial Affairs intervene, which can mean myriad options or none depending on the severity of the impunity.