Health & Safety

Seaside, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,621 ($5,963)
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe on campus, the on-campus dorms are rather close together so it's not a far walk home. I just feel safer walking with someone or a group of people, or I'll bike places to get from point A to point B quicker. I also think resident advisors are very present in their communities and do a good job of keeping the community safe.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I know that there is very little crime on campus, other than some mild theft, but most of the problems I hear about are just outside of the school area. Our campus is protected by a number of neighboring police groups, and on campus the police are very helpful.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: I think that they should re do our restrooms a lot of us have mold growing considering that these rooms are very old.

College Student

Health & Safety: Although I know there is a health center, I have not gone there yet and so I cannot say for sure whether or not it is excellent or not. However, my friend have told me that it is very good. Also, I know that there is the University police, but I have yet to need their assistance, fortunately.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never heard of anything really bad happening. Me and all of my friends always feel safe on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 311st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1006th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1026th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bennett Kogon
Pacific Palisades, CA
Film Studies
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The overall student attitude toward campus safety is fairly positive. Most students do not fear crime on campus, primarily because incidents occur infrequently. The most common criminal activity on campus usually involves some form of petty theft or vandalism. Other than those occurrences, instances of illegality at CSUMB are moderately quiet. With the school’s relatively close proximity to the crime-riddled city of Salinas, many fear that gang activity may reach campus and pose a threat to students. Currently, there have been no reports of such activity on campus, though. The safest areas on campus are definitely in the main quad, where all of the main buildings and freshman dorms are located. There aren’t any particularly unsafe campus locations, but be advised not to wander around the abandoned buildings and school outskirts at night. Any areas that appear pretty shady to wander around in probably shouldn’t be explored, especially when alone.

Most students feel relatively safe walking around the campus at night, especially with several emergency call boxes located along many walkways. The school is also working on lighting most walkways during nighttime, as less traveled areas are currently unlit past dark. The campus’ Nightwalk service makes commuting across campus at night more convenient, as shuttles can provide an easy escort to all on-campus locations. There is a pretty strong police presence at CSUMB as well, which, although comforting to some, is a big hassle for most students. Many students complain that the campus police are too overbearing and are only interested in busting people for running stop signs and attending parties. While this is partially true, the strong police presence does indeed contribute to the overall campus safety. Lastly, the Campus Health Center can be visited for any health-related issues you may have. The center provides several different services and walk-ins are allowed. Many feel that the health center is inconvenient with its location and doesn’t have the best quality services available. Regardless, the Campus Health Center serves its purpose and has been very helpful for most students.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 11
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 18
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 6
Security Office
University Police Department
Building 82E
(831) 655-0268; emergencies: 911
Safety Services
  • Animal control
  • Campus shuttles
  • Courtesy car jump starts
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Establishment and enforcement of University parking regulations
  • LiveScan and ink fingerprinting
  • Lost and found
  • NightWalk service
  • OTTERalert: emergency cell phone updates
  • Paratransportation for the mobility impaired
Health Center
Campus Health Center
Building 80
(831) 582-3965
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Evaluations and treatment (appointments preferred)
  • Immunizations
  • Referrals
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 43 responses

  • 12% Drugs
  • 12% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 42 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 19% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 42 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 5% Not very visible.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 64% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 56% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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