Health & Safety

Bryn Mawr, PA
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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's really safe on campus and even in town. I feel safe even when walking alone on an empty street at night.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is a joke.. Campus crime is not too bad, maybe a stolen laptop here or there when left unwatched in the library.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Combining the two categories, health and safety are great. Separating the categories, Safety is beyond excellent and health is bad. Public Safety cars always patrol the areas in and around campus, especially at night. There is a van service run by Public Safety, operated by students, that takes people in and around campus at night if people do not feel safe. Public Safety responses are quick and efficient, and there is always a level of privacy established. They are not judgmental, and will help with anything from unlocking your door if you lost your key to reporting a crime.
Health services are typically a hit or miss, and it depends on the visit reason. The staff is either super nice or extremely grouchy, and time management skills are lacking. There is always a confidentiality with each visit, but visits can last hours and you may have to come back multiple times.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Safety and the Health center are very present on campus and open to everyone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Overall there was a secure network for the students.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Safest Campuses
  • 545th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1045th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kaitlin Menza
New Brunswick, NJ
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The disagreements about safety revolve more around Public Safety's role on campus than whether they generate safety on campus. With emergency phones aplenty and lights keeping the most traveled night paths bright, the basic safety on this suburban campus is unarguable. The loudest complaint regarding Public Safety regards their unwillingness to retrieve stranded students off campus in bad weather. Some students scoff and wonder how effective the cops, who sometimes patrol the campus sleepily, can be. But in the unusual event that a student or an on-duty cop feels the slightest danger, the situation is controlled and students are notified of precautions they should take. Strangers sighted in dorms, despite the fact that these strangers are usually an unannounced brother or friend, cause common "alarms." There are, however, occasional occurrences of theft in the libraries or dorm rooms.

Two forces keep Bryn Mawr honest: Public Safety's vigilant patrols and the college's Social Honor Code. This code is held sacred on campus. Given the revered nature of the honor code, most students feel very comfortable leaving their possessions unattended in the library and sometimes neglect to lock their dorm rooms. This creates one of the biggest problems for Public Safety, as this behavior allows for thieves from off campus to do their work. Each year there are a few reports of stolen wallets and purses from the libraries, usually while students were just a few feet away. Still, most students are as vigilant as they need to be, considering the location of campus, and do not experience theft.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 19
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety and Transportation
John J. Maloney Building
(610) 526-7911
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Bike registration
  • Campus shuttle system
  • Dorm safety meetings
  • Emergency phones
  • RAD self-defense classes
Health Center
Health Center
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5p.m. 24-hour emergency care
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services (six free counseling sessions)
  • Free or reduced-cost HIV tests
  • Gyn Care
  • Inpatient Services
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD screening
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 18 responses

  • 46% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 43% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 33% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 14% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 86% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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