Health & Safety

Troy, NY
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public safety is always driving around campus. It's good to avoid walking around campus alone at night.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I worry about some of the townies as there have been several assaults on students.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is adequate and quite convenient. RPI itself is safe, but as I said earlier, Troy is a hotbed of violent crime.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Parts of Troy are pretty sketchy and there have been a few incidences but for the most part it's fine. You can call public safety and time if you feel unsafe and there are some emergency phones. Could be safer but could be worse.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Public Safety needs some work


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 840th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 939th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1125th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cara Riverso
Holmes, NY
Chemical Engineering
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RPI's campus itself is very safe. There are phones with emergency buttons located throughout campus, and plenty of Public Safety officers on patrol at any given time. If you do feel uneasy about getting somewhere, the escort service is always available. As for the rest of Troy, however, it can be scary after dark, and it is not advisable to walk around off campus alone. If you leave things lying around for too long, such as a laptop or books, they may not be there when you come back. This is probably the biggest security risk, but at least it's avoidable. Keep your stuff within eyesight if you are in a public place, or leave it with a friend if you are going to be gone for an extended period of time. Also remember to lock your doors every time you leave-no matter how secure the dorms may seem, you can't be too careful.

If you stay on campus, you shouldn't have a problem taking care of yourself. Downtown Troy can be frightening, and for good reason. If you walk around by yourself after dark, you can find trouble-especially if you are female. Stick with friends when walking the streets, and you shouldn't have any problems. Overall, though, Troy itself could present a real threat if you were under the wrong conditions, yet there isn't too much to worry about at RPI.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
RPI Visitor Information Center (VIC) on 15th Street.
Emergencies: (518) 276-6611; Non-emergencies (518) 276-6656
Safety Services
  • 24-hour campus patrol
  • 24-hour safety escort
  • Crime investigations
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Fingerprinting
  • Lost and found
  • Property registration
  • Safety classes
  • Vehicle assistance
Health Center
Student Health Center
3200 Academy Hall 110 Eighth St.
(518) 276-6287
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Counseling center
  • Free flu shots
  • Health education and wellness programs
  • Medical and gynecology clinic
  • Specialty consultation referral
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
There are blue-lights around campus that will connect directly to public safety in the event of an emergency. You can stand anywhere on campus and see one in sight.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 31 responses

  • 25% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Walking alone
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 5% None
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Drugs
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 37% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 3% We have campus police?
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 23% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 29% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 23% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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