Health & Safety

Houston, TX
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College Freshman

Health & Safety: Again, I'm an upcoming freshman, so I would only be able to provide a secondhand opinion.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: i see the security people everywhere. feels very safe

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. Rice is in Houston so you have to use common sense but there is little crime other than occasional bike theft on campus. RUPD does a great job responding to crime.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Rice is a very safe campus. Students trust one another and can leave doors unlocked or computers on a table unmonitored without fearing that they will be robbed. Campus security is very responsive and their primary goal is to keep students safe, which they do well.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Rice University Police Department is honestly wonderful. They are there exclusively for our safety, and they do a great job of ensuring that campus is protected.They offer a free escort service for late night transportation across campus, and have a response time of (what it always seems like to me) less than five minutes. We're encouraged to call RUPD instead of 911 because they're so incredibly efficient, and everyone does. The officers themselves are lovely people who adopt a don't ask, don't tell policy when it comes to students. If you need help, they're there to provide assistance without any fear of probing questions. This is so important because it allows for students to feel comfortable in seeking medical help. RUPD is the best.
We also have an on campus clinic that is staffed by really friendly people. It's usually not very difficult to schedule an appointment. They're only open until 5, so the afternoon slots get filled fastest because students don't want to miss class, but I've never not been able to get a same-day appointment if I set an early alarm reminding me to make the call.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 116th
    Safest Campuses
  • 369th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1296th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Although situated in the heart of a huge city, the Rice campus, for the most part, feels like it’s sealed by an invisible, protective forcefield. Most Rice students feel exceptionally safe and secure on campus. The Rice University Police Department goes to great lengths to keep the campus secure and build a positive relationship with the student body. While many students complain about the severity of parking ticket enforcement, the overall consensus is that the RUPD does its best to ensure the safety and comfort of college students on campus. In other words, they are not out to bust crazy college kids and drain their meager bank accounts; they are there to protect and serve the student body and make sure a productive learning environment is not disturbed by unwanted outsiders.

The safety services (blue-light phones, escorts, dorm alarms) are very effective and helpful. While there have been a few isolated incidents of theft or trespassing in the last few years, most students agree that they have never felt unsafe at Rice, and many students feel comfortable enough with campus security to leave their rooms unlocked.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 12
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Rice University Police Department
6100 Main St.
(713) 348-6000
Safety Services
  • (RAD) Rape Aggression Defense classes
  • Campus Watch program
  • Escort/van service
  • Lost and found
  • Owl Witness form
Health Center
Rice Student Health Services
Next to the Brown Master's House
(713) 348-4966
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Birth control
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Immunizations
  • Pregnancy tests
  • STD screening
  • Travel medicine
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Rice has its own police department, known as RUPD. They are not rent-a-cops, but an actual Houston police department, with officers who are hand-picked to work there. Each residential college has an officer assigned specifically to a college. The officers host an annual study break, known as "Cookies and Cops," at each residential college to discuss campus safety and security with students.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 32 responses

  • 19% Excessive drinking
  • 19% None
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 59% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 6% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 41% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 61% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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