Health & Safety

Location
Ames, IA
Undergrads
26,103
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The only problem that really happens is during big campus events like VEISHEA. Otherwise the crime level is relatively low. The campus police have a twitter page and are alway updating on information that's relevant to student safety, so they are a really great resource to have.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are emergency phones around campus and a ride service to those that live in the dorms.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus alert system is slow to get out information

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Like every place we have had a few issues. This past year there was a police chase that ended up going through town and ended in the middle of campus with the suspect getting shot after ramming the cop car with his truck. While this was going on the buildings were on lock down so that no one would get hurt. My biggest issue is that notifications did not get sent out to us until thirty minutes after it was all over and we were all able to walk around campus again.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe here all the time. Better than living in a bigger, scarier city.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 254th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 375th
    Safest Campuses
  • 659th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Staci Harper
Major
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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The most prevalent crimes are liquor-law violations and petty theft. But other than that, Ames is a very, very safe community. ISU does a really good job of patrolling campus and making sure that students feel safe at all times. Many feel safer walking alone at night on Iowa State's campus than at other campuses they have been to. That says a lot for ISU and the measures they take to make sure people feel safe here.

Although many students hate the Department of Public Safety for issuing an incredible number of parking tickets, they do recognize that DPS does manage to remain effective, as the levels of crime on campus are low and generally nonthreatening. Of course, there is crime, as there is anywhere. But the vast majority of it is not life-threatening, and the amount is so insignificant that students have no qualms about venturing out on campus alone or at night.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 8
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 36
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 10
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
Armory Building, Room 168
(515) 294-4428
www.dps.iastate.edu
Safety Services
  • Computer forensics
  • Crime prevention programming
  • Criminal investigations
  • General patrol
  • Moonlight Express bus
  • Personal threat assistance
  • Safety escorts
  • Traffic enforcement
  • Victim/witness services
Health Center
Thielen Student Health Center
Union Drive at Sheldon Avenue
(515) 294-5801
www.health.iastate.edu
Monday–Tuesday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Thursday–Friday 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Illness/injury care treatment
  • Immunizations and vaccines
  • Mental health services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Physical therapy
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
The $80 health fee paid each semester allows for unlimited, routine physician visits at the health center for no charge and reduced rates on service fees such as physical exams, orthopedics, psychotherapy, lab, X-ray, and pharmacy services. Additional services in counseling and wellness are also offered with no additional charge.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 89 responses

  • 21% None
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 88 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 49% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 89 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 24% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 89 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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