Health & Safety

Columbus, OH
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$25,445 ($10,037)
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I've personally not had any issues safety wise. I feel very safe here but I could also be pretty naive about it. We're always informed if something happens and I always see police/campus security around. We're located in a big city though, and obviously things will happen that can't be completely controlled.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very comfortable and safe when traveling with other people. I do not travel alone. Police have given very helpful safety classes to my sorority.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The neighborhoods directly around campus will get you killed at night alone. Not recommended.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: To request campus escort service you have to schedule it in advance, or you'll be waiting around for a long time. Not a great option if you don't know you're going to need a ride.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 25th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 473rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1314th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Gilburt L. Chiang
Marietta, Ga.
Electrical engineering
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As with many areas, the off-campus spots are those most prone to problems, and generally speaking, students report few problems on campus throughout the year. A great benefit to being an OSU student is the courtesy shuttle that takes students back to the residence halls. Another valuable tool is the blue-light call-box, which can be used to notify campus police in case of emergency. These call-boxes are scattered all over campus, and students say that security will respond quickly to such calls. Due to a number of reported rapes, and the massive lack of self-control (especially during Ohio State vs. Michigan State games), security has been increased around campus. OSU has gotten a bad rap from the media over the past few years, and with good reason-people overturning cars and burning furniture in the streets is a pretty big safety risk. While this behavior certainly isn't normal, it has occurred in the past. The biggest riot threat is in the spring, during an annual block party on Chittenden called "Chitfest," which now results in campus practically turning into a police state. If you don't want to run into law enforcement during these times, don't leave your house-period.

The bottom line regarding safety at OSU and Columbus is learning which areas to stay away from-especially during the night-and making intelligent decisions. Given its history, it's no surprise that OSU students are only beginning to feel really safe; hopefully, however, the University will continue to improve the current environment, and more secure feelings can take root.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 8
  • Burglary: 197
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 32
  • Vehicle Theft: 21
Security Office
OSU Department of Public Safety
901 Woody Hayes Drive.
911 (emergencies), (614) 292-2121 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle safety
  • Buckeye Alert System
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort Service
  • Eyes on Safety Webcams
  • Fingerprinting/ID card services
  • Franklin County sex offenders information
  • RAD (Rape Agression Defense)
  • Silent Witness
Health Center
Wilce Student Health Center
1875 Milikin Road
(614) 292-4321
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Advice/appointments
  • Allergy shots
  • Dental
  • Health information services
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Men's services
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy/sports medicine
  • Primary care
  • Psychological services
  • Radiology
  • Women's services
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The OSU Escort Service provides safe transportation around and near campus seven days a week, from early evening until 3:30 a.m.
  • The Student Health Center offers free anonymous HIV testing for all students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 178 responses

  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Gang violence
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 178 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 62% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 178 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 60% 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 178 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 21% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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