Health & Safety

Sherman, TX
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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: For some reason walking within AC like the library back to caruth seems like the safest part because it's in the heart of campus, but those that walk back to the flats or like me the cottage late at night is very sketch and scary. There have been many times people have gotten robbed walking back. The campus seems to be okay, but around us is a terrible area

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health services provide all services needed and even collaborate with the local health businesses. Austin College is in a somewhat shady neighborhood, but it is pretty much safe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Cops are very respectful and there if you need them.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police and health center is always there when you need it.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe on the Austin College campus. All entries to the dorms require special access, and some buildings require special access at night. I always feel safe.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 760th
    Safest Campuses
  • 984th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1231st
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Graes
Granbury, TX
English and American Studies
Grad Year
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AC is a close community, so it's easy to spot the outsiders who occasionally come onto campus because they're the faces you don't recognize. The fact that it is a walking campus without roads running through really cuts down on the strangers on campus. The area surrounding the school can be sketchy at times, but students are smart, and the campus police are always on the lookout. You will constantly see them zipping around in their carts. In terms of safety services on campus, there are blue security phones throughout campus, the campus police offer an escort service late at night, and all the residence halls require an ID card to access 24 hours a day. While there are some cases of crime, any real incidents aside from petty theft, very rarely take place, and you can trust most of your fellow students to look out for you and your belongings. Still it is always advisable to practice general safety. It isn’t advised to walk alone at night, particularly off campus. It is usually easy to find a ride, and when at a party off campus, there are always DDs willing to bring you back home.

As for health, make sure to wash your hands frequently. You live in a petri-dish at a college, especially if you are in dorms, and the flu can quickly spread across campus. Illnesses runs rampant through this small student population that lives in close contact. Once one person is sick, 20 people are sure to follow. Luckily, Health Services will take care of you when it happens. There's a nurse on duty five days a week for eight hours a day, and the doctor comes four days a week for an hour. Even if it's just a cold, it's worth seeing the nurse. It's free, you'll get over-the-counter medication, and you'll be excused from any missed classes. Aside from basic medical care, there are also counseling services available by two licensed counselors.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 2
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Austin College Police Department
Jackson Technology Center, Room 100
(903) 813-2555
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol by campus police
  • Crime prevention information and programs
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Motorist assistance
Health Center
Austin College Health Services
Adams Center
(903) 813-2247
Monday–Tuesday 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Dermatology clinics
  • Educational programs and events
  • Flu shots
  • Gynecology clinics
  • Laboratory services
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Referrals
  • STD testing
  • Walk-in clinics
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
You can get an escort from any building on campus during the night, so if you are studying until the middle of the night, you can call ACPD and get an escort back to your dorm.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 35 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Unlit pathways
  • 9% None
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 56% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 9% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 50% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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