Health & Safety

Princeton, NJ
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on the campus. The campus police are very nice and easy to get in touch with.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Crime is very rare on campus

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Princeton is incredibly safe, its actually a school joke that nothing ever happens at princeton.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Students are very trusting of one another, often leaving laptops/bags at work stations. Princeton is relatively safe and quiet.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. There are hardly ever any incidents.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 289th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 628th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen McCarthy
Mahwah, N.J.
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Princeton has 24-hour campus security. Whether they're breaking up a noisy room party or assisting in medical emergencies, safety officers always pose a strong presence. Because of Princeton's size, most students feel safe enough to walk across campus alone in the middle of the night to the 24-hour WaWa convenience store for a cup of coffee or wrap sandwich after everything else is closed. The most common crime seems to be theft of unattended items, namely laptop computers, bicycles, and jackets. Recently, however, there has been more attention placed on campus sexual violence in the form of date rape thanks to an intensive Take Back the Night program initiated by the Organization for Women Leaders (OWL), a women's issues group founded by several members of Princeton's Class of 2003.

As a town, Princeton is extremely safe. The fact that students feel comfortable walking home from the library rather than constantly worry about how to get from place to place means that students really have time to concentrate on their studies. Some may even lament that the constant presence of Public Safety officers makes it difficult to have too much fun on campus, but the University has made personal safety a top priority, particularly through the installation of a personal I.D. system for getting into dormitories and other major University Buildings.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 7
  • Burglary: 58
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 18
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
911 (emergencies) (609) 258-3134 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Assault Prevention Education
  • Bike Lock Program
  • Bike Registration
  • Campus Shuttle Service
  • Emergency Phones
  • Escort Service
  • Laptop Registration
  • Operation ID
  • Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)
Health Center
Monday 8:45 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., Tuesday 10:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8:45 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Urgent care available daily 24 hours.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug counseling
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Athletic Medicine
  • Eating Concerns Counseling,
  • Immunization Services
  • Outpatient and inpatient services
  • Sexual Harassment/Assault Resources and Education Program
  • Sexuality Education Counseling and Health Office (annual exams for women, care for infections and STDs, morning after pills, preconception advising, pregnancy testing and options, HIV and STD testing, discounted contraception)
  • TravelSmart Program Counseling Center (Individual & Group Counseling)
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Did You Know?
  • Historically, Princeton has had the lowest campus crime rate in the Ivy League.
  • Princeton has its own police force that patrols the campus 24 hours a day and is available to pick up students whenever necessary.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 20 responses

  • 37% None
  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 5% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 58% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 5% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 90% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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