Health & Safety

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is always around. They do a good job at keeping homeless people off of the campus. If you wander too far off campus in certain directions where public safety doesn't frequent then you find yourself in trouble.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are always reminder emails saying there are hotlines available, especially during orientations which was great because I think not a lot of schools market things like this as much as Drexel does.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is in West Philadelphia, but security and police presence is strong.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: So many Drexel alerts about robberies and shootings

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Just like most college campuses, people don't report being sexually assaulted and therefore it is not addressed. However, I do think that if it was more publicly know that there is support and confidentiality, it may become less of a problem and there would be less people joking around about sexual assault.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1207th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1255th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1377th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Hometown
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Major
English
Grad Year
2015
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Certainly, there is crime in the area, as West Philadelphia is within walking distance. But frankly, between Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania, there is plenty of security to go around. Throughout University City, you will see Drexel security officers, Philadelphia police, University of Pennsylvania police, and emergency posts—don't forget the bike cops. It should also be noted that if a student is ever frightened of walking alone, a free escort service can be utilized by calling Drexel security. Also, the Drexel shuttle travels between Center City and Main Campus until 11 p.m., which is super convenient for students if they prefer to not take SEPTA at night. Of course, a certain degree of "street smarts" is recommended. Realistically, you'll be fine if you stay away from unfamiliar areas, avoid traveling alone (especially at night), and don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself.

While security is of the utmost importance, health is right up there next to it. Most students will agree that the Student Health Center is more than satisfactory. A wide variety of services is offered to students, mostly due to the high population of international students. That being said, the hours of the clinic vary by day, so it's wildly important to check beforehand, as it opens and closes throughout the day. In addition, they've added an appointment-based system versus simply walking in. They're usually quite accommodating—just be sure to call ahead.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 41
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Drexel University Police Department
3219 Arch St.
(215) 895-2222 (emergencies); (215) 895-2822 (non-emergencies)
drexel.edu/publicsafety
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrol
  • Crime prevention classes
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Escorts
  • Shuttles
Health Center
Drexel Student Health Center
3201 Arch St., Suite 240
(215) 895-5800
www.drexel.edu/studentlife/support_health_services/support_health_services_student_health_center
Monday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Thursday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Free condoms
  • Physical exams
  • Refills of ADHD medication
  • Sick visits
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Travel and routine immunizations
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
There are two world-class hospitals immediately surrounding campus: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. If you have insurance (other than Drexel's), you can see doctors at these hospitals. You can also go to their emergency rooms with or without insurance.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 106 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 8% None
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 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 105 responses

  • 31% High quality, very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 43% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 106 responses

  • 31% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 46% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 20% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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