Health & Safety

San Luis Obispo, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$19,071 ($8,043)
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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe or needed to seek help. Most students are aware of the support and assistance that is available is needed. Students take care of one another to protect our community

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I like how we can call for an escort service to drive us back to the dorms late at night.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There seem to be some undocumented cases of rape and sexual assault, but it isn't rampant on campus or so I think.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: SLO is a very safe city. There is an omnipresent police presence. Sometimes too present.. But it keeps the city safe, which is extremely important in any town, especially a college town with many young adults roaming the streets late at night.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: My campus has countless safety features including telephones scattered throughout campus that contact the police.


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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 134 responses

  • 18% None
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 10 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 133 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 47% 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 134 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 10% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 35% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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