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Washington, DC
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on Howard's campus, but people must always be aware that Howard is located in DC and must be aware of their surroundings at all time just like they would in their cities.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: We have the blue light system to call the campus police, all over campus and even at the dorm and train station, which are down the street. They have free engraving services for our valuables, the security at dorms is generally good- students have to scan their id to get in and there is also someone at the desk to see who comes in and out. There is 24/7 transportation to and from campus dorms and buildings and you can call the police and have someone talk to you if you are walking around alone. It's good.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Be smart. Don't stay out too late, don't come out too early.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe when I travel in groups. As a young woman in D.C. I'd never walk the streets along at night for anything because all students are indoors and the locals are kind of odd at times.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It can be scary if you are a female walking by yourself at night.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 239th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1322nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1384th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kali Stewart
Orange County, California
Radio, Television & Film
Grad Year
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Howard's campus, itself, is relatively safe. In the past, however, the surrounding Shaw district has been ranked by USA Today and several other national publications as one of the most dangerous areas in the country. However, as a result of the district going through a process of gentrification, as well as several anti-crime programs and ordinances put in place by the city, there has been a significant reduction in the number of crimes committed against students on and around campus. Because of the district's all-too-recent history, however, there is a visible police presence on campus, especially after dark. While it is not uncommon to see one or more police cars parked by the dorms or the occasional car patrolling the surrounding streets, it is very rare to see one by the quad or by the permanently closed streets leading into the campus.

All of the buildings on campus, with the exception of the dorms, the libraries, the gym, and the computer labs, are accessible to both students and the public alike. So, theoretically speaking, there's always the chance that the guy you see sleeping in the back of your chemistry class on a particularly hot day just came in from the street to get some much-needed air conditioning. As for the dorms, only students with valid IDs can gain entrance. For instance, students who have not been financially validated can't access the main computer lab, and students who don't have housing can't access the dorms with their IDs.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 49
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 28
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 7
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
2244 10th St. NW, second floor
(202) 806-1100
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access (key and security card)
  • Late-night transport service
  • Lighted walkways
  • RAD classes
  • Safe ride
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Student Health Center
Medical Arts Building, 2139 Georgia Ave. NW, Suite 201
(202) 806-7540
Monday–Tuesday 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–7 p.m., Thursday–Friday 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • General health care services
  • Health education
  • Preventive medicine
  • STD and tuberculosis screening
  • Transportation
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health clinic
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 120 responses

  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Non-students on campus
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% None
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 16 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 120 responses

  • 5% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 46% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 120 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 48% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 120 responses

  • 8% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 42% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 44% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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