Health & Safety

Providence, RI
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Just dont go too far from campus alone

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: On campus security is good. I always see campus security cars riding around. There are issues with sexual assault among our students, but that mostly occurs at off-campus parties to my knowledge. I've been constantly given several numbers to call for resources for campus safety, which I have not yet had to use, which is good.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The nurses at school are really nice and they write you out a precription if you need it and all you have to do is walk to cvs! I also feel very safe on campus

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health center and counseling center is convenient

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are blue lights all around campus, and the security guards are great! Cops are literally around the corner so if there ever were a problem, they would be there in no time. I don't usually like walking alone on campus at night but I always feel safe, off campus is a WHOLE other story. I wouldn't really suggest walking alone off campus too far during the day. Providence is a sketchy city and the school is not in the best area. Very questionable. Violence on the streets where juniors and seniors live can be troublesome at the wee hours of the morning but just don't walk alone and don't do anything stupid to cause problems and you should be fine.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 524th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 596th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1126th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Mathieu
Groton, CT
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There's an age-old question that haunts parents of college-bound children: Is my child going to be safe at school? Providence College takes safety and security seriously, as the numerous lectures on it during orientation and freshman year prove. While freshman girls may feel that living in an all-girl dorm, which requires males to sign in, is like living in a prison, others consider the Huxley Avenue entrance a security joke. Overall, PC has put into place numerous security measures to ensure both student and parental peace of mind. The use of common sense and awareness of one’s surroundings is the best preventative measure. General consensus relates, “I have never felt unsafe at PC.”

Operating on the blue-light system, PC has emergency call-boxes all over campus. Escort and shuttle services are available, and the all-female dorms are monitored by guards. While getting on to campus is simple, the real safety of students is up to themselves—that is why they are constantly reminded not to let anyone we do not know into the card-controlled dorms. PC security can boast of a fantastic reaction time and personal concern for the students. The administration excels in keeping students informed by posting occurrences and security concerns.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 14
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
(401) 865-2222 (emergencies) (401) 865-2391 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Emergency phones
  • Late-night shuttle and escort services
  • Lighted pathways and sidewalks
  • Rape defense classes (RAD)
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EMT: Monday-Friday 4:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Gynecological clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The Health Center has a doctor available at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Personal Counseling Center works in cooperation with Health Services for counseling and psychological services.
  • There is a police substation one block from campus, so there are always Providence police patrolling the streets surrounding PC.
  • PC now has a shuttle service Thursday through Sunday nights that circles the streets surrounding PC so students don't have to walk alone through the neighborhood.
  • An emergency notification system alerts students by way of text message, voicemail, and e-mail about any emergencies that take place on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Gang violence
  • 8% Drugs
  • 5% None
  • 3% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 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 24 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 33% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

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

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 62% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 33% 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.
  • 58% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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