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Waltham, MA
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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Brandeis University is a very safe campus. There is plenty of security around and there are rides available on campus if you are ever afraid to walk at night. Brandeis is located in a smaller town outside of Boston and is a bit more secluded which adds to the safety as well.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Brandeis does a good job with healthy and safety and awareness of these topics.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have always felt very safe on the Brandeis campus. The campus police are helpful, but they're not overbearing -- it's a nice mix. There isn't that much crime. Sometimes a laptop gets stolen... but that happens at most schools nationwide. Unfortunately, there have been a few sexual assaults, but again, this is not unique to Brandeis. However, we do have an assault counselor now to address those issues. Brandeis really has the interest of students' safety in mind.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus no matter when, and campus crime is low.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Campus Police are filled with entitled, holier-than-thou jerks. However, there are also some truly stellar members of Campus Police. It can be quite a toss-up. Regardless, they don't have much effect on the day-to-day life of a student. The Health Center is somewhat mediocre, but they care and they can help in certain ways.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 165th
    Safest Campuses
  • 875th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1211st
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Although it's not located in the most affluent or nicest of towns, Brandeis is mostly quiet and safe. While the police officers seem incompetent and self righteous at times, they actually do their jobs well. Since there is not much actual crime on campus, the cops mainly hand out parking tickets and break up parties. This safe feeling creates a sense of what is commonly called the “Brandeis Bubble,” which prompts some students to leave their room doors unlocked—the main way that thefts occur. This led to a series of break-ins at the Castle in 2010. Thankfully, the University is slowly updating the security systems of the dorms, moving from key to card access.

The blue-light system, which most colleges employ, ensures that if there is a problem, students are able to get help quickly. The University provides late-night transportation and an escort service for students who feel uncomfortable walking around at night or who need help getting home. And if the provided transportation is not enough, you can call the police, and they will drive you back if you’re out late at the Campus Center or at a friend’s dorm. Overall, this is a very safe and secure campus, as long as you’re smart and use common sense.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 17
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Stoneman Building
(781) 736-3333 (emergencies); (781) 736-5000 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Cell phone and e-mail emergency notifications
  • Controlled dormitory access with key and security card
  • Early Warning System
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Lighted pathways/sidewalks
Health Center
Health Center
Stoneman/Golding Building
(781) 736-3677
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday (and holidays) 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours on-call nurse
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Drug and alcohol counselor/educator
  • Immunizations
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 45 responses

  • 28% None
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 46 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 28% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 42% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 56% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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