Health & Safety

Amherst, MA
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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safer on campus then I at home. With the constant police presence and the various protection measures in place, I feel safe and sound walking around at night alone.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. There is no crime on campus and I find myself not even locking my door most days. Campus police are always around for help.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Completely Safe – I never hear about any crime other than people getting drunk and using the bathroom where they shouldn't. I feel safe walking around at 3 in the morning, and any time in the day. There is a student run medical service that deals with smaller things the police doesn't need to and they're great, almost like a friend helping you out when you're in trouble. The people are generally hands-off, as long as you aren't being blatant about what you're doing in front of them. There's also a number you can call that will take you anywhere on campus in the evenings if you don't want to walk at night.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No Problems Here! I've never felt at all not safe on this campus. Because of the high level of trust here, many students here don't even lock their doors. I've only known one person who has had anything happen to them.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – There are almost no problems on campus; everyone knows each other to a certain extent, and although there is some theft, it is minor.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 221st
    Safest Campuses
  • 373rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 892nd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lem Atanga McCormick
Chicago, IL
Pre-Med (Biology and French)
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Along with the congeniality of the townsfolk, Amherst College has a certain homey atmosphere that drives away thoughts of crime. An alarming number of students feel comfortable leaving their room doors unlocked. Even still, cases of theft are rare. Both the College and the students are quite aware of maintaining a high level of security. Dorm front doors can only be opened with a personal code that only students and custodians possess. Amherst College campus police patrol regularly during the day and night. Campus police also offer rides back to dorms at night to people who request them. At big parties on campus, fellow students work security and are very serious about their job of keeping things from getting out of hand. Most people will tell you that Amherst is much safer than their hometown, and hardly anyone is afraid to walk alone at night when they’re within the boundaries of the College.

As for the town outside of the College, the main streets are usually heavily populated at night with UMass students and Amherst locals, so it feels safe. This feeling of safety, however, does not expand to the town of Amherst in general, as many students feel timid about walking the many unlit streets that sprawl further and further from the College and into the grasslands. At UMass—a much bigger school—crime is a more pressing problem than at Amherst College. All of this leads people to think of Amherst as a kind of safe haven. Step out of the bubble at your own risk! Just kidding.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 38
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
(413) 542-2111 (emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Dorm talks
  • The Emergency Preparedness plan (
  • Five-Colleges Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Committee
  • Operation Identification (permanent marking of personal valuable belongings with your social security number)
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense course)
  • Safe RIDE
  • Security Advisory Committee
  • Student security
Health Center
Keefe Health Center
Monday-Friday, 8:50 a.m.-5:30 p.m., when school is in session.
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 10 responses

  • 55% None
  • 36% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 56% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 80% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 20% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 80% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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