Millersville University officials hope that if students have an accurate picture of alcohol use by their peers, they will behave more responsibly if they drink.
"A lot of students make responsible choices when it comes to alcohol, and we're trying to get the word out," said Jayme Trogus, coordinator of Millersville University's Wellness and Women's Center.
"Some students, especially younger students, show up on campus thinking college is all about binge drinking and out-of-control parties," Trogus said.
"We're here to show that there are choices," she said.
Trogus, speaking on Aug. 4, said MU will use a $10,820 state grant to survey students on alcohol use, and then publicize the results to the campus.
Millersville Borough Council learned about the grant, awarded by the state Liquor Control Board, at its July 28 meeting.
According to Francesca Chapman, a deputy press secretary with the PLCB in Harrisburg, similar grants were awarded to 24 other colleges and universities across Pennsylvania to combat underage and high-risk drinking.
Some of the other universities that also received funding from the grant, Chapman said on Aug. 3, include Cabrini College in Delaware County, Seton Hill University in Westmoreland County and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Since 1999, she said, the PLCB program has awarded more than $4 million in grants to more than 240 entities.
Trogus said MU will use the grant to gather students' alcohol-related data through the National Collegiate Health Assessment Survey, which is put together by the American College Health Association.
Data obtained from the survey, she said, can then be used to give students an accurate picture of drinking on campus.
The survey, she said, will be distributed to Millersville University students in the fall, with the results to be printed on posters, in the Millersville University student newspaper, The Snapper, on T-shirts and in ads on Facebook, the popular social networking site.
According to the most recent MU survey, which was taken at the school two years ago, Trogus said, 60 percent of students typically have four or fewer drinks when socializing, and 97 percent of students either walked to parties where there was alcohol or used designated drivers when drinking. Those results, Trogus said, are in line with national averages.