Health & Safety

Pittsburgh, PA
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I definitely feel safe and secure on campus and there are many outlets for those who don't.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Many groups and advising teams that specialize in safety and anticrime on campus

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Health and Safety services on campus are great!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Mostly safe, but some places like upper Craig St. at night are sketchy.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have "Crime Alert" notifications whenever some issue comes up. But CMU, in Pittsburgh, is really safe. Campus Police available 24hr, and comes to you really fast. Once, a bunch of friends and I got stuck at midnight at an amusement park (because the last 2 buses decided to ditch the last 2 rounds). The cab company was really unreliable (waited 2 hours for 4 cabs, none came). We called Campus Police and after a few minutes, they got us all on a campus minibus back to campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 39th
    Safest Campuses
  • 486th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1145th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Raina Bradford-Jennings
Brookfield, CT
Professional Writing
Grad Year
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Carnegie Mellon's safety program is regarded highly by the students on this campus. The police presence is very well-known; they don't limit themselves to patrolling the campus at night—rather they can be seen around campus at all hours of the day. This instills a feeling of safety in students because it is easy to forget that the close-knit and comforting campus is still in the middle of a large city. Pittsburgh isn't overly crime-ridden, but it is still a city. Students are automatically signed up to receive campus email alerts whenever there is a crime in the vicinity of campus. These alerts can range from robberies and burglaries to assault, and they are sent the minute the campus police is informed. Students can also sign up to receive these alerts as texts to their cell phones. Safety is a big priority on campus, and you will see that if something big does happen, it oftentimes is prevented from happening again.

Where safety is regarded highly, health services is not. The main complaint you will hear students say is that health services doesn't really do much for students when they are sick. They have two responses—either they give you some Tylenol and send you on your way, or they send you to the hospital. The second response isn't very helpful to most students who don't have primary care doctors in Pittsburgh, and simply want the care they would typically receive from a primary care physician—not an emergency room doctor. While the staff might not do much themselves, they do offer contraception, counseling, vaccinations, allergy shots, physicals, pregnancy tests, and more. For students who are everything but sick, they seem to have their procedures down to a T. It's a shame they can't help with the whole sick thing, too.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 22
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University Police
300 S. Craig St., Room 199
(412) 268-2323 (emergencies); (412) 268-6232 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Alert Now (crime and safety alerts)
  • Bike/laptop registration
  • Crime prevention
  • Emergency phones
  • Lost and found
  • Operation identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Safewalk
  • Shuttle and escort
Health Center
University Health Services
1060 Morewood Ave.
(412) 268-2157
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling
  • Immunizations
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Psychological services
  • Self care/first aid
  • STD testing
  • Women's health/contraception
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Health services has licensed massage therapists on staff that offer 30- and 60-minute massages. They also give free 15-minute massages during finals.
  • CMU offers medical, vision, and dental health insurance plans that cover the entire year-not simply the school year.
  • The University Police have fingerprinting services if you need to apply for National Security Clearance for a job or internship.
  • If you are ever locked out of your room or dorm building, call non-emergency campus police at (412) 268-6232, and they will let you in!

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 67 responses

  • 20% None
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 65 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 34% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 43% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 1% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 39% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 60% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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