Health & Safety

Location
University Park, PA
Undergrads
37,917
Tuition (in-state)
$28,746 ($16,444)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on this campus. I would be concerned about sexual assault personally if I drank and partied, but I stay away from that, and sexual assault here is usually in that environment.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are police telephones located everywhere throughout campus.We also receive emergency text message alerts if anything suspicious is going on around campus. No matter where you are though, you must not be alone at night.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The administrators are concerned and willing to work with you

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Rapes happen extremely frequently. I'm afraid to venture out after it gets dark and won't go anywhere unless accompanied by a friend.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, but if you don't there are police escorts that can make sure you get to your destination safely, and if you are traveling alone, there are many blue lights around campus that if you are in any danger you can simply press a button on the blue light, and a police officer will arrive shortly.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 141st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 298th
    Safest Campuses
  • 301st
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

James Bunting
Hometown
Whitehall, PA
Major
Journalism
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Overall, Penn State is a very safe campus. The students tend to get a bad rap when a high profile crime occurs, like a sexual assault or a fight involving an athlete. But when you consider there are over 40,000 students here, plus hundreds of visitors each weekend, the number of crimes is miniscule. Most students have no problem walking the streets of State College at night. As long as you don’t look for trouble, trouble will rarely find you.

There are well-placed blue-light emergency phones around campus, and the student police services are friendly and helpful at all hours. At night, however, there are few police patrolling the campus. The presence of the State College police is strongly felt downtown, especially during the weekends. Police cars patrol the streets looking for blatantly drunk kids and out-of-control parties. Although the local police seem overbearing at times, with officers in cars, on foot, or riding horses down the streets, it’s important to remember that they are concerned about everyone’s safety. On home football weekends, the population nearly doubles from the influx of fans and tourists, so students are not the only concern of patrolling officers.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 9
  • Arson: 8
  • Burglary: 46
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 9
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
Penn State University Police
20 Eisenhower Parking Deck
(814) 863-1111
www.police.psu.edu
Safety Services
  • Emergency Phones
  • Engraving
  • Escort Service: (814) 865-WALK
  • Fingerprinting
  • Parking regulations
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Residence hall security
  • Self-defence classes
Health Center
Student Health center
adjacent to the Eisenhower Parking Deck and the Bank of America Career Services Building off Bigler Road
(814) 863-0774
www.sa.psu.edu/uhs
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday (urgent care) 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol intervention
  • Clinical services
  • Contraception counseling
  • Emergency medical services
  • Health education services
  • HIV testing and counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Men's health visits
  • Mental health resources
  • Nutrition clinic
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Physical therapy
  • Tobacco cessation counseling
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health visit
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The police officers at University Park campus have a bachelor's degree in social services, have completed the training course required of all municipal police officers in PA, and take 90 to 100 hours of in-service training each year.
  • The CQ Press's 2008 City Crime Rankings placed State College as the second safest metropolitan area in the nation.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 242 responses

  • 21% None
  • 17% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

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 241 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 7% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 56% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 241 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 13% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 242 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 8% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 37% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 54% Extremely safe and secure on campus.

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