Health & Safety

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
16,722
Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Police are active and visible, but Boston is a city. Many students live in Allston, one of the neighborhoods that borders the school which is not the safest. Overall, campus is a pretty safe place.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The main campus is pretty well-lit at night, but I am not comfortable walking around by myself too late at night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel like anyone can walk on the campus/classrooms because of where our school is located. The school isn't very secure it's open to anyone and everyone which means its open to any threat. The dorms are secure which is important but the George Sherman union and other college buildings are open and it's not like there's anyone at the doors of these buildings checking ID's to make sure the people going in and out are really students. I understand that it's hard to secure a campus like Boston University but I feel like the security could definitely improve.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Because it's a school in an urban setting, there are things to look out for.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The BU police dept is a legitimate force w/ arresting powers. There's also Sexual assault response & prevention services (SARP) as a resource on campus as well as the security escort service that you can call if ou don't want to walk somewhere alone.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 304th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1131st
    Safest Campuses
  • 1263rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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There is no question, students feel safe on campus. Most even report feeling perfectly comfortable roaming the area alone at night. The overwhelming presence of campus security, however, does put a significant strain on student life in the dorms, so avoiding the larger on-campus housing options is universally suggested to decrease problems with the stringent guest policies and curfews adhered to at BU. Bay State Road and South Campus housing do not have security guards at the entrance, thereby allowing for more freedom.

To be honest, it is not that difficult to avoid interaction with campus security. The University is littered with blue-light phones, there is a 24-hour crisis hotline, and there’s an escort service for late-night traveling (which, by the way, is the best way to get from one end of campus to the other for free). There are almost always people out and about—even after the rest of the city shuts down.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 59
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
BU Police Department
32 Harry Agganis Way
(617) 353-2121
www.bu.edu/police
Safety Services
  • 50 blue-light phones
  • Bike and laptop registration
  • BU escort service
  • Crisis intervention hotline
  • RAD program
  • Rape hotline
  • Red phones
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Ave.
(617) 353-3569 or 3575 (24-hour emergency mentail health care); (617) 353-2121 (24-hour crisis intervention counselors)
www.bu.edu/shs
Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. except University holidays. The infirmary is open 24 hours a day during the academic year, with visitation from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The Crisis Intervention counselors are available 24 hours at (617) 353-2121.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Chiropractic services
  • Counseling center
  • Crisis intervention
  • Dental care
  • Immunizations
  • In-patient care
  • Lab services
  • Medical walk-in clinic
  • Men's health
  • Mental health clinic
  • Nutrition services
  • Physicals
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
The office of the Vice President and Dean of Students, located in the GSU (George Sherman Union), distributes the Lifebook, which provides information about the details of daily life. This book is a helpful guide to security procedures and information on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 111 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 11% None
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 8 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 110 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 19% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 41% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 19% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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