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Chestnut Hill, MA
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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I only visited the infirmary once in my four years at BC and it was over a summer I was working on campus. I don't know many friends that had a good experience - heard they usually just throw a bunch of pills at you whether they will solve your problem or not.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its ok they give you tons of free pills and don't really do much for you if you're sick.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's good but still room for improvement.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The health office is very helpful and always easily accessible to students. I always feel pretty safe on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 19th
    Safest Campuses
  • 925th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1349th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Cheshire, CT
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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All in all, Boston College is a safe place for students to go to school and hang out. During the first week of school, mandatory meetings give students the emergency and non-emergency information on locating and contacting the police. Incoming students are made aware of the potential dangers around them and are told about the best ways to avoid being victimized in any way. Also, police officers are always extremely friendly and helpful. Since it is such a safe environment, no one is ever too busy to tend to whatever small concern you might have. If something were to go wrong, they would come to your rescue immediately and do everything they could to help you.

Chestnut Hill is so safe that it's almost embarrassing. Not that nothing bad ever happens here, but it is extremely rare. In all likelihood, you'll never need to use the call boxes scattered around campus, but their presence radiates a constant feeling of security around the college grounds. The escort service is a wonderful addition to the safety on campus. Most students find it very reassuring that they can pick up a phone and have the school come pick them up. The BCPD always looks for ways to contribute to the students' feeling of well-being. When you leave campus, though, you should probably be a little more careful. Boston is a pretty safe city, but you do need to be a little more cautious.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 7
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 55
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 9
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
BC Bolice Department
Lower Campus Administration Building
(617) 552-4444 (emergencies); (617) 552-4440 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Crime prevention information
  • Eagle Escort service
  • Emergency blue-lights
  • RAD training
  • Victim's resource manual
Health Center
University Health Services
Cushing Hall
(617) 552-3225
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Immunizations
  • Inpatient unit
  • Nutrition clinic
  • Orthopedic services
  • Routine physical examinations
  • Skin clinic
  • Some on-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD testing
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The Boston College Police Department (BCPD) officers are granted police authority while on campus by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as deputy sheriff powers for when they're in off-campus situations.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 69 responses

  • 26% None
  • 24% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 68 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 68 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 46% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 1% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 68% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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