Health & Safety

Chicago, IL
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I am aware of campus security but I have not given the student health center. I do feel safe on campus during the day and I am never around at night.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security is good on campus, especially at night.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They do a good job of handling and informing the study body if and when things happen. The health center is an absolute joke and needs revision people that actually know what they are doing. I shouldn't have to feel like I'm waisting my time going to see someone about my health. Seriously.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a really big city, and the campus is mixed in with the city and not only students. So there are concerns when I am walking alone or even with friends. Not many people out at night around my dorm area so it can be a little nerve wrecking.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe walking around campus and even further out at night and alone


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 750th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1324th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Whitney Fox
Topeka, Kansas
Television Writing and Producing
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Of all the areas in Chicago, the South Loop is by far one of the safest areas. Columbia increases the natural safety of the area by adding 24-hour campus security to our campus, and has security guards stationed at every building. If there is a crime committed on campus, every student is alerted (with respect to the victim) via e-mail so they can avoid the area or know the details of what happened.

As with every area in Chicago, safety is also up to the individual. There are places common sense will tell you not to go to at odd hours of the night. The CTA is located right on campus at the Harrison stop and the Roosevelt stop. Both of these stops are well-lit and completely safe throughout the day. At night, there is more of a risk, so most students shouldn't be travelling alone by train at night. Be smart, and you'll be just fine.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 34
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Campus Safety and Security
916-1000 S. Wabash, fifth floor
(312) 369-1111 (emergency); (312) 369-3220 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour campus security
  • Campus safety hotline
  • Campus safety office
  • Campus security at every building
  • Key-card access in every dormitory
Health Center
Health Center
731 S. Plymouth Court
(312) 369-6830
Monday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Advice and referral for treatment of STDs
  • Health counseling
  • Identification and referral for treatment of emotional problems
  • Minor strains and sprains not requiring X-rays
  • Professional staff
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 87 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 87 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 37% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 26% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 18% We have campus police?
  • 14% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 29% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 56% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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