Health & Safety

Oberlin, OH
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In terms of safety, i personally feel very safe on campus. In terms of health, let's just say...I hope I don't get deathly ill while i'm here. All of my experiences with the student health services has been somewhat stressful and not always helpful. If you have a car or know someone with one however, the cleveland clinic is one of the best in the country!

4 College Student

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe. Student Health is a bit of a walk, so it's a little inconvenient, but it's good.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a white male I feel safe in every situation anyways, but overall I feel especially safe here.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not yet felt particularly uncomfortable or scared on the campus. I've also been impressed with Student Health Services; they treated me very professionally and efficiently when I went to be seen.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security seems quite good to me. Keeps everyone safe but doesn't persecute students. It is possible however that they are somewhat draconian when it comes to community members who can be placed on the "no trespass" list for indiscretions that would be seen as minor from a student. The health center is there... but not very helpful from my experience.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 225th
    Safest Campuses
  • 310th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1172nd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Veronica Colegrove
Cincinnati, Ohio
Latin/Computer science
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Perhaps because Oberlin is such a small town, people tend to take for granted that serious crimes rarely ever happen. Still, the College’s Of?ce of Safety and Security has done everything possible to ensure that the campus is extremely safe. Emergency phones are attached to blue-light posts all around campus, and the Student Shuttle System allows students who feel either unsafe to walk or too inebriated to drive from running into trouble. Most female students attest to feeling very safe when they walk across campus late at night, especially because all paths and streets tend to be well lit and free of bushes or trees. All dorms require ID cards to enter, and as a result of the general feeling of security, many students don’t always feel the need to lock their doors.

One of the main problems that occurs on campus is theft, mostly in places like Mudd Library or Wilder Bowl, where students often leave their belongings unattended for long periods of time. Safety and Security of?cers generally do a very good job of tracking down stolen items and, for the most part, students tend not to steal from other students. Even so, Safety and Security encourages students to register their bicycles with the school in case they are stolen, and then turn up a week later in the town creek—which has been known to happen before.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 19
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Oberlin College Safety and Security
159 West Lorain St.
(440) 775-8911 (emergencies) (440) 775-8444 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Controlled dorm access
  • Emergency blue-light telephones
  • Late-night shuttle/escort van
  • Operation Identification (engraving of personal identification information on valuables to assist in identification of lost/stolen property)
  • Self defense classes (Community Educational Programs, Community Action Makes Public Safety)
  • Walking safety escort program
Health Center
Student Health Sevices
247 West Lorain, Suite A
(440) 775-8180 (877) 924-7758 (24-hour nurse access line)
Monday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-6 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4:30 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. & 2-4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy services/allergy shots
  • Basic laboratory services
  • Counseling center
  • Gynecological health care
  • Health education and wellness programs
  • Pharmacy services
  • Some immunization
  • Treatment of common ailments
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Professor James Walsh, Professor of Sociology at Oberlin College, was once also the District Attorney for the town of Oberlin. So watch what you do in his courtroom!
  • One of the most serious crimes in recent times at Oberlin was when a college student hoisted a heavy womb chair out of Mudd Library, rappelled it over the roof of the building, and dragged the valuable piece of vintage furniture off campus. Unfortunately for him, the student was caught, and the college has since cracked down on womb chair theft.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 23 responses

  • 39% None
  • 19% Non-students on campus
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Drugs
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 33% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 62% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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