Health & Safety

Chicago, IL
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They do an amazing job keeping us safe in a city with such a high crime rate. I feel safe pretty much all of the time.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's Chicago and Chicago is a major city, and major cities always have a safety problem. But the concerns I have for my personal safety would apply if I was anywhere. Columbia College has a ton of security on campus that tour 24/7.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: i have nothing bad to say about it. Columbia is no different than other universities.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There's always campus police or security guards wherever I am on campus and security cameras everywhere. And in the event of crime or suspicious characters on campus, student receive emails and posters are posted around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are constantly places where you can contact the campus security if you feel at risk and they have patrol cars as well as Segways to helps make the campus safe. There are security guards in every building and the security guard main office is centralized.


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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 93 responses

  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Gang violence
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 6% None
  • 5% Lack of safety escort services
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 7 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 92 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 35% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 28% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 19% We have campus police?
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 4% 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 93 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 32% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 13% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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