Health & Safety

San Luis Obispo, CA
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$19,071 ($8,043)
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4 College Student

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel safe on campus. They always warn us not to walk alone at night, but I've never felt unsafe by myself. There are a lot of things about sexual assault, but I've never witnessed or had something happen. The police are pretty good about keeping everything in control.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe walking around campus but girls always walk in pairs

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Crimes do not occur all too often on-campus, and I believe that is due to the fact that University Police are so present and do their jobs well. There are Blue Lights all around campus to call for help, the campus is well-lit at night, and there are generally enough students around where one doesn't feel so vulnerable when walking across campus or home.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The area's pretty safe, but the health center is always crowded. It's a nice place, but you can expect to wait in line for at least an hour for a quick check up.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe in San Luis Obispo, especially so on campus. I'm often up late at studio or the library, but even then I feel fine walking around campus at night. There are emergency phones (which are often broken) and unlit areas, but generally all walking paths feel safe.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 818th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 915th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1012nd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Herman
Burbank CA
Liberal Studies
Grad Year
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San Luis Obispo has a very safe feel to it. There are blue-light poles around campus that will connect directly to an emergency dispatcher. With that being said, the biggest crime on campus is bike-seat theft. Every once in a while, something bigger happens, but the severity and frequence of these incidents are both nowhere near what larger cities experience. The nice thing is that there is a PolyAlert text/email system that is well-utilized by the University to make sure that all students can get any pertinent information regarding campus safety. Cal Poly does also have its own police force with fully-sworn officers. University Police Department (or UPD) serves as the first responders for any incidents on campus (e.g., medical emergencies, alcohol violations, etc.). UPD also sponsors an escort van to provide rides home from the University Union or library. Some areas on campus (and also the areas immediately off campus) can have poor lighting, which can lead to a sense of uneasiness. It's important to practice safe behaviors so as to minimize risk, especially when going out at night. 

As far as health goes, there is a full-service health center that is available for students to use. Pretty much every nonemergency medical need can be met here. There's also a 24-hour nurse line for when the health center is closed.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 10
  • Burglary: 23
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police Department
1 Grand Ave., Building 36
(805) 756-2281
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Bicycle registration and licensing
  • Blue-light phones
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Escort services
  • Live Scan fingerprinting
  • Special event security
Health Center
Health Services
Building 27 (next to the rec center)
(805) 756-1211
Monday–Tuesday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Thursday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Education programs
  • Men's health/women's health
  • Primary physician and nursing care
  • Routine laboratory tests and X-ray procedures
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
CP also has extensive counseling services staffed by professionals and student mediators.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 128 responses

  • 18% None
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 126 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 40% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 126 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 127 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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