Health & Safety

Washington, DC
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: With living in a fairly busy city it's somewhat hard to control what goes on in and around campus. You can prevent everything but if you keep an open eye out you will be fine.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Aside from the one woman I've seen there who really tried to get people in to see the doctors, its bad. Even the private practices in the same building are bad. I went to a gastroenterologist appointment and everything and ended up waiting a full hour and had not been seen at all. When I told them I was leaving the doctor questioned me if I could stay for fifteen more minutes and when I said no (I had a Calculus test in five minutes) he caught a little attitude.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Could be a lot better. It's probably gotten better since I was a student but there were a few incidents of students getting robbed or beat up on and around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Security is local however, they are slow to react to incidents especially with large crowds.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is hospital right down the street and campus police seem to always be around.

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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 110 responses

  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Non-students on campus
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 7% Dorm safety
  • 6% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% None
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 109 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 45% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 110 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 25% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 110 responses

  • 8% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 41% 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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