Health & Safety

Location
New York, NY
Undergrads
7,236
Tuition
$47,246
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I am aware that campus police exists, they are readily available to help but I wouldn't bank o their help.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every week there's at least two public safety announcements of disturbing events around campus, like shootings or pipe gas explosions or robberies. The safety services are okay. They focus a lot on mental health and stress-relief as Columbia's rated the most stressful school some time ago.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Not a good area but if you mind your own business you should be fine.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: This has been a topic of great debate most recently. There will hopefully a lot of reform concerning health care services and the counseling and psychological services very soon.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There can be criminal activity in the neighborhood surrounding campus and can involve Columbia students but with each incident, an email explaining the crime and tips to prevent its recurrence or help police is always sent out.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 457th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1001st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1301st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Cervantes
Hometown
Austin, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Despite being located in New York City and being neighbors with Harlem, Columbia is a very safe place. Students generally feel safe walking through campus or the surrounding neighborhood of Morningside Heights at night. This is due in part to the visible presence of both the NYPD and Columbia Public Safety on and around campus. Additionally, Columbia offers escort and transportation options for those who don't feel safe walking home from wherever they may find themselves at night. However, most students realize that the key to avoiding crime in New York is common sense. Students know to avoid public parks and other places which may not be very safe, and trust their instincts about a situation in order to keep themselves safe.

The high standards set by Columbia's Public Safety are not met by Health Services. While the health center generally gets the job done, the frustrating and confusing hours and scheduling system make going to the doctor a very complex experience. Luckily, for emergency situations, Columbia offers CAVA, a student-run volunteer ambulance fleet whose main task is generally taking overly intoxicated students to nearby St. Luke's Hospital. St. Luke's is also a good option for students who have an urgent medical situation during hours in which Columbia Health Services is not open.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 87
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
535 W. 116th St.
99 or (212) 854-5555
www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access (key, security card)
  • Emergency notification text message system
  • Go Ask Alice!
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Lighted pathways/sidewalks
  • Lost and found
  • Shuttle service
Health Center
Medical Services
John Jay Hall, third and fourth floors
(212) 854-7426
health.columbia.edu
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Alice! Health Promotion
  • Contraception
  • Counseling services
  • Dental care options
  • Disability services
  • Exercise program: CU Move
  • HIV testing and treatment
  • Immunizations
  • Nutrition services
  • Prescriptions
  • Primary care medical services
  • Psychiatric care
  • Rape crisis/anti-violence support center
  • Safer sex awareness
  • Sexual health
  • Sexual violence
  • STI testing
  • Stressbusters
  • Travel medicine
  • Workshops, groups, and trainings
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
  • Columbia has a Safe Haven program where students feeling threatened can take refuge in more than 30 local businesses until the NYPD or Public Safety is called. Look for the Safe Haven sticker in the window, or check www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety for a complete list of participants.
  • Columbia has a world-famous health website called Go Ask Alice! (www.goaskalice.columbia.edu) where thousands of questions written by real people are answered by Columbia's health experts.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 47 responses

  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% None
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 35% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 34% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 52% Extremely safe and secure on campus.

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