Health & Safety

Location
Philadelphia, PA
Undergrads
13,072
Tuition
$36,090
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Drexel has pretty active public safety, and an agreement with UPenn to patrol each others campuses. There are occasional reports of attempted robberies, but those seem to happen by the north border of campus (powlton/mantua). Drexel also has an entire committee/department/protocol dedicated to hearing & dealing with sexual assault cases.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have had no problems on campus, but I'm a 6 foot guy so I'm not subject to the kind of things the women are.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is a complete joke. Robberies happen fairly often. Don't be alone at night.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: the health and safety programs they have at Drexel are nice and supportive

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I think that the safety of the campus is okay considering the area of Philadelphia we live in. I haven't had any problems while I stayed here, however, I have heard of a lot of unsettling situations.

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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 105 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
  • 4% 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 104 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 32% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 104 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 43% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 44% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 105 responses

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