Health & Safety

New Brunswick, NJ
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3 College Student

Health & Safety: College ave. could be a nightmare in terms of safety at times.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety wise I feel like there should be more police on campus to prevent criminal activity.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: New Brunswick is not a safe city to begin with. I'd like to see more police patrolling at night rather than giving out parking tickets or hiding near stop signs just in case people do not come to a complete stop. They should also alert the students more about crimes in the area.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is impossible for Rutgers to prevent all crimes, especially those off campus. But I feel as though campus police are more concerned with writing parking tickets and petty dorm busts rather than actually patrolling. I rarely see any campus police at night and would feel much more at ease if I did.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Even though crimes happen, I never feel like I was in danger.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 127th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 517th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1370th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jill Weiss
Ardsley, NY
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Security is definitely a prevalent problem at Rutgers University. Administration addresses the problems and tries to change procedures to keep up with the changes in the environment, but crime still plagues the University. RUPD says that the major crime on and off campus is theft, the same as the rest of American universities. Since New Brunswick is a city, and College Avenue is not an enclosed campus, it is important to take the same safety measures you would in any city. Never walk alone at night, even if you are a male, and look assertive when you are walking somewhere. On the other campuses, walk along major streets instead of shortcuts behind the dorms. It may take longer to get somewhere, but it is definitely a precaution all students should take.

While moving into Rutgers, keep an eye on your belongings. Everyone is moving in, so it is hard to recognize who shouldn't be there. In the past, computers, stereos, and other valuables were stolen during these days. Also, don't leave your things unoccupied in dining halls and student centers. Police are definitely seen around the campuses during the day, but they cannot see every single thing that goes on. Many students openly admit that they don't feel safe off campus and are extremely upset about how the RUPD do their jobs. RU Safety is often a controversial subject on campus, and e-mails reporting theft and other crimes fill students' Eden accounts while police ticket jaywalkers.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 4
  • Burglary: 114
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 12
Security Office
Rutgers University Police Department
55 Commercial Ave.
(732) 932-7211
Safety Services
  • Building access
  • Escorts
  • Jump starts/vehicle lockouts
  • Lost and found
  • RUPD patrol on foot, vehicles, motorcycle, and bicycles
Health Center
Hurtado Health Center
11 Bishop Pl.
(732) 932-7402
Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program for Students (ADAPS)
  • Allergy desensitization injections
  • Ambulatory health care and education
  • Counseling and Psychological Services(CAPS)
  • Emergency contraceptives
  • Flu vaccines
  • General primary care
  • HIV testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory tests
  • Men's health care
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physical examinations
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • Specialty consultations
  • Sports medicine
  • TB testing
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Rutgers University established the Community Service Officer Program in July 2000 to provide support and assistance to the police. One-hundred trained and uniformed students patrol the streets along the Cook and Douglass campuses, as well as bicycle paths on College Avenue.
  • New Brunswick is nicknamed "the Health Care City" because Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, St. Peters University Hospital, and the Johnson & Johnson Global Headquarters are located in town.
  • Security officer escorts are available daily from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Students who wish to be escorted to their residence hall, car, or off-campus home can call (732) 932-7211 for this free service.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 184 responses

  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% None
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 183 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 44% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 183 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 30% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 184 responses

  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 34% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 15% Extremely safe and secure on campus.



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