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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel this part of DC is pretty safe. However, there are some sketchy areas outside of the campus.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It's about on par with other schools. I must be careful everywhere, but that's just life.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although the D.C. area is not the safest place, the university does a great job making sure students are protected on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health services are good, but safety is not the best

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We are kept up to date on safety and security threats- I have never felt unsafe, but incidents do occur near campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 204th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 791st
    Safest Campuses
  • 1035th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Lundy
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
International Business/Marketing
Grad Year
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In general, safety and security are not major concerns for most students, though the issue’s visibility has been steadily increasing in recent years. Off-campus muggings are becoming more common, as are burglaries of University-owned townhouses. As the Department of Public Safety is fond of reminding students, however, most of these incidents are wholly avoidable (Georgetown students have a particular fondness for walking home on deserted streets late at night and for, incredibly, leaving their front doors unlocked 24 hours a day). For the fortunate majority, therefore, security is only a peripheral concern at Georgetown. The most noticeable manifestation of the crime on campus is the increasing exasperation in emails from the campus police, who are particularly beguiled by the student body’s surprise at the fact that common criminals have figured out how to negotiate unlocked door knobs.

The Department of Public Safety is, on occasion, responsive and effective, but for the most part, it seems that DOPS is more interested in making off with the keg dregs from a busted party than in patrolling the streets. The important thing to remember, then, is that Georgetown, quiet and well-painted as it is, is located in one of the largest cities in the country. Cities, as a general rule, come equipped with a certain number of unsavory persons, and so the scattered assaults and robberies that occur on and off campus should not dissuade anybody from coming to the Hilltop. A few simple precautions (such as not being drunk and alone in dark alleys at 3 a.m.) can make the Georgetown/D.C. environment as safe as that of any city campus in America.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 8
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Village C, West Wing
(202) 687-HELP emergencies; (202) 687-4343 non-emergencies
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Bicycle registration
  • Building security and access
  • Crime prevention services
  • Emergency telephones
  • Event security
  • Fingerprinting services
  • Individual escorts
  • Laptop registrations
  • Lost and found
  • Neighborhood shuttles
  • SafeRides
  • Sexual assault services
  • Student guards
  • Well-lit pathways and sidewalks
Health Center
Student Health Center
Darnall Hall
(202) 687-2200
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Prescription refills
  • Preventive health care
  • Procedures
  • Referrals
  • Routine office visits
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Wart treatment
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 38 responses

  • 22% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Dorm safety
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% None
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Drugs
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 37 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 26% 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 38 responses

  • 39% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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