Health & Safety

Waco, TX
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus police are there if you need them but you don't see them all the time. There is a lack of emergency phones around campus so that could make it scary at night walking alone because of the surrounding area. But overall the campus police are helpful and actually concerned about your well-being.

College Freshman

Health & Safety: Overall the campus itself is very safe, there are always cops driving around keeping an eye on things and they have their own alert system to let students know if anything does happen, which they test every couple of months.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: just dont run the bear trail alone at night

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, but once I leave campus and walk home that sense of security is gone.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of security measures for safety without being inconvenient for students


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 15th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1127th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1319th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
San Antonio, TX
Environmental Studies
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This campus is, by far, one of the safest places to be. You'll see students running the Bear Trail, a two-and-a-half-mile trail around the perimeter of campus, at all hours of the night. The call boxes are easy to spot, and the campus is well lit. Off campus is a slightly different story. Two blocks off campus, you'll find low-income housing, the industrial side of town, a strip club, a liquor store, and Dr. Daddy (a well-known local who frequents Baylor parties uninvited). For the most part, you'll never be bothered because Campus Police patrol the off-campus area regularly. Leave your car on campus for weeks at a time, and it'll still be fine. Leave your bike chained for days at a time, and it'll still be there. Do the same thing off campus, and you may not be as lucky. The library has a lost and found where people have turned in laptops, wallets, flash drives, and calculators. Most of the disturbances and arrests near campus are theft, vandalization, and underage drinking.

When it comes to parking illegally, don't do it. If you're lucky, and you're just running in-and-out of a building, you might not get caught, but Campus Police employs officers on bike, foot, and in patrol cars looking to catch you doing anything-on or off campus. They are generally regarded as over-indulgent when it comes to off-campus parties, but the officers aren't pretentious.They know this is a college town, so if you're respectful, they'll usually cut you some slack.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 10
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Baylor University Police Department
Speight Plaza parking facility, first floor
(254) 710-2222
Safety Services
  • 20 blue-light emergency phones
  • Self-defense classes taught on a semester basis
Health Center
Student Health Center
McLane Student Life Center, second floor
(254) 710-1010
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Birth control
  • Dressings
  • Gynecological exams
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory tests
  • Medications
  • Physical exams
  • STD testing
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Most crimes reported to Campus Police involve property crimes. These crimes include theft, burglary, and criminal mischief.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 116 responses

  • 23% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 11% None
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 115 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 69% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 116 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 47% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 35% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 116 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 10% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 60% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 28% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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