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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This place'll break you, but it will still be the best, most painful four years of your life.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a generally tight knit community, so it is possible to keep tabs on each other.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: One of the initial things I liked about the school, on my first visit, was the zero tolerance policy. They are extremely strict about altercations between students, and don't tolerate violance, guns, alcohol, or any other possible distraction on campus. There are always instructors around if you need them, Campus directors and leaders, and security that you see periodically through out the day. They're always very friendly with students, and are always very accessable, and willing to help if there's even the slightest problem or suspicion! The parking lot is well lit, and you can view the vehicles most of the time from classrooms, along with the cameras in the parking lots. Overall, the campus is very secure, proactive in safety, and makes me feel comfortable daily, which says a lot since I am very, very picky about my personal safety!

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Whatever you need, someone will be there to help you. You just have to ask for help or what you need.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I never feel unsafe walking alone on campus. I do however don't like when some of the other students smoke weed in the smoking area.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 466th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 630th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 732nd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Mayra Sheikh
San Fernando Valley, Calif.
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The Caltech campus is very safe according to almost all of the students. Pasadena is one of the safest cities in California; the crime rate is extremely low when compared to LA or San Diego. Caltech security guards are rather friendly (too friendly, according to some) and very helpful. The security guards roam the campus in Daihatsus (little golf-cart-like things) and give people rides across campus if they need them. Students can also call security ahead of time to arrange a ride across campus, which is not really necessary distance-wise considering the school is composed of about a square block; but if students need a ride home late at night, it's there. Security guards are present all over campus every day of the week. Also, extra security guards are seen around the school on days when there are parties or large events just to make sure things run smoothly. There have been instances in which lab equipment has been stolen, but security measures have been increased, and the occurrence of stealing has all but vanished. There is the occasional purse robbery, but it is usually not on campus. Caltech is a very safe place if students follow rules and take proper precautions.

Security in the dorms is much better than in recent years. Ironically, there are no locks protecting half of the dorms, but because the school is so small, intruders would be recognized immediately, so that's not a matter of concern. Most people do not lock their doors, and they really do not need to. Caltech operates on an honor code that forbids stealing, and most students take the code very seriously. Security watches over the students' stunts and antics, and most large-scale pranks are approved by administration before they are carried out. Caltech, as a whole, is a very tight-knit, safe place to be.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 53
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Security
515 S. Wilson Ave.
(626) 395-5000 (emergencies) (626) 395-4701 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus patrol
  • Escort services
  • Lockouts
  • Vehicle assistance
Health Center
Student Health Center
11239 Arden Rd.
(626) 395-6393
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:15 a.m.–4:45 p.m.; Wednesday 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injection clinic
  • Dermatology clinic
  • Health education and preventive health care
  • Laboratory tests
  • Medical consultations/referral
  • Orthopedic clinic
  • Pharmacy/prescription services
  • Radiology services
  • Sexual health services
  • Travel and immunization clinic
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 10 responses

  • 67% None
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 10 responses

  • 40% High quality, very convenient.
  • 40% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 30% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 40% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 20% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 60% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 10% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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