Problem Gambling and College

Super Bowl bets. Online gambling. March Madness. Poker tournaments.


For most people, gambling is usually harmless entertainment.

But for a growing number of young adults, gambling is becoming more than fun.  For some, debts rise, they drop out of school, have trouble paying rent and are using up their financial aid to pay for their gambling.

According to a combination of national studies, about one in 20 college students have a problem
with their gambling
(Shaffer & Hall, 2001).

Is the problem something that students eventually grow out of, or is the high rate of college problem gamblers due to all of the recent trends?

While the cause is unknown, there are some important things we all need to know about this issue.  College students need to have tools on how to gamble responsibly, and know there is free help available in all of Oregon for anyone concerned about a gambling problem.

At high risk

An estimated 5.6% of college students are problem gamblers (Shaffer,
2001). This is more than double the rate of problem gambling among the overall adult population.

Online gambling

A popular type of gambling among young adults, and full of unknowns. Poker players, compared to other types of gamblers, are more likely to gamble on the Internet. Learn more about online gambling.

What are we doing about the issue?

Lane County Prevention Program, in partnership with University of Oregon, worked to implement a campus-based problem gambling awareness & prevention project.

The Problem Gambling Awareness Project (PGAP) was completed in Spring 2010. Learn more about the project.