Health & Safety

Hamilton, NY
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus as a whole is incredibly safe. Crime happens but it's not a massive problem.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety is present, but they don't get in the way. I have never felt unsafe on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Most students live by an honor code. Student health center is down the hill which makes it tough to reach when you don't feel well.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Colgate is an extremely safe campus. The health center is pretty generic.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is small and the doctors don't appear to be particularly well trained. However, just walking around campus is about as safe of a feeling as you can get. The townies are a little weird though.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 30th
    Safest Campuses
  • 568th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1349th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Esber
New Franklin, Ohio
Peace and Conflict Studies
Grad Year
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Tour guides frequently tell visitors that the last time the blue-light system was used was by a student trying to figure out the score of the Colgate-Cornell hockey game. The takeaway: Colgate is an incredibly safe place. While there is occasional petty crime, students tend to leave their residence doors unlocked, instead relying on the four-button code on the front doors of residence halls or ‘Gate card-restricted entries to protect their valuables. Campus Safety patrols on foot and in marked and unmarked vehicles at all hours of the day, maintaining a very visible presence both in town and on campus, often assisting Hamilton police officers with reports of underage intoxication.

While the guys in gray get a bad wrap, they offer a number of underutilized services and spend most of their days issuing parking violations, unlocking locked dorm rooms and jump-starting broken-down cars. Students walk about town at all hours of the day, both with friends and alone and rarely feel unsafe; part of it is a result of the omnipresent Campus Safety officers, but it’s mostly attributable to the nature of quaint and peaceful Hamilton.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 15
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Campus Safety
88 Hamilton St.
911 or (315) 228-7911 for emergencies; (315) 228-7333 for non-emergencies
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Campus policy and criminal investigations
  • Emergency medical response
  • Fire safety awareness
  • Lost and Found
  • Medical transportation
  • Motor vehicle assistance
  • Parking permits
  • Personal safety escort
  • Photo-identification cards
  • Student room lockouts
  • University van licensing
  • Weapons storage
Health Center
Student Health Service - Satellite Clinic
Curtis Hall, Lower level
(315) 228-7715
Monday-Tuesday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Wednesday 10:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Health Center
Student Health Services - Main
150 Broad St.
(315) 228-7750
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Immunizations (including those needed for overseas travel)
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD and/or pregnancy prevention
  • STD screening
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The 911 dispatch for the area is routed to Colgate's Campus Safety.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 56 responses

  • 29% Excessive drinking
  • 29% None
  • 14% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 2% Theft/robberies
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 55 responses

  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 27% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 69% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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