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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I typically feel very safe on campus. We have, however, had a few incidents of violence or left from the homeless. Sometimes, especially at night, you have to be careful. I've been followed before and although GW offers a 4Rides program (they will pick you up and drop you off on campus), it really wasn't practical to call them as it would take to long to be effective. I just rushed up a couple of blocks till I was closer to some of the main buildings and I felt safe again. Overall, very safe though.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I believe most situations that occur the rate of danger was known before the event happened.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security on campus is not really that secure, disappointingly considering we are in the middle of the city. It sometimes scares me how easy it could be for non-students to access dorms and enter without having a pass. The people who you must pass to tap-in to dorms are not security guards, they are simply students, which concerns me for safety reasons. Campus is well-lit, so I am not necessarily afraid when I walk by myself, but I am really careful and try to not do it often, because I do not see campus police around often at night.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UPD IS A JOKE. THEY CAN'T DO S***.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is good in general, but health is not great. IT is expensive because they test you for things that aren't important to charge you, but don't help too much. And GW hospital is not somewhere I'd suggest going.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1233rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1300th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1366th
    Best Student Health Center

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David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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The University places great emphasis on security and safety. The security presence on campus is three-fold, with University Police, Metropolitan Police, and the Secret Service constantly monitoring the area. There is a UPD force that patrols the campus 24-hours-a-day by foot and van. GW also has a 4-RIDE escort van service, which operates from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. daily. Students can call 4-RIDE when they want a ride from one point on campus to another, and a van will also take students up to about three blocks off-campus. The only complaint about the service-and it's a big one-is that 4-RIDE is very slow. Students may wait for a van for up to an hour or so on a Saturday night. GW makes a good effort in trying to keep its students safe, but even with all the precautions, crime occurs. The larger freshman dorms have the best security on campus-each has a "three-swipe system." Residents must first swipe their GWorld ID cards outside the dorm before entering, then in front of a UPD officer at the desk, and finally at the stairwells and elevators. Visitors must be signed into the building. This may seem like unnecessary measures, but it makes students feel secure.

After all, the campus is located in the middle of Washington, which has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Within the past few years, some students have even been held at gunpoint. However, most students will never encounter even a petty crime firsthand while on GW's campus. Foggy Bottom is a safe neighborhood compared to the rest of the city; nevertheless, being in the nation's capital, problems do arise. Overall, GW makes an effort, and the majority of students feel secure on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
University Police Department
Woodhull House, 2033 G. St. NW
(202) 994-6111 (emergencies) (202) 994-6110 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 4-RIDE escort van
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Fingerprinting
  • Free taxi service to the Mount Vernon campus
  • Lost and found
  • Motorist assistance
  • Rape Aggression Defense Systems classes
  • Tips Hotline (994-TIPS)
Health Center
Student Health Service
2141 K St. NW, Suite 501
(202) 994-6827
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Ancillary care
  • Basic medical treatment
  • Crisis intervention
  • Emergency contraception
  • HIV Testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory and x-ray
  • Medication dispensing
  • Orthopedic consultation
  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Referrals for specialty care
  • STD testing
  • Travel immunizations and advice
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • GW often hires outside security officials and forbids non-GW community members from entering residence halls during major protests near campus.
  • Once a semester, during the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF) spring and fall conferences, many of the roads on the east side of the Foggy Bottom campus are closed, and police forces dot the area due to protests that usually occur in objection to World Bank/IMF policies.
  • For students needing to be transported to the hospital as a result of alcohol poisoning, the University provides an amnesty policy that allows students hospitalized for the first time to not face formal non-academic disciplinary action and therefore not have that incident listed on their disciplinary record.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 77 responses

  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Non-students on campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 8% None
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 77 responses

  • 23% High quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 42% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 26% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 57% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 27% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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