Health & Safety

San Diego, CA
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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: SDSU police do the best they can. However, it is not safe to walk alone at night.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: It's a generally safe campus; it's once you get off that you may have some problems, there have been a lot of attempted and successful burglaries. A few sexual assaults. The campus is pretty large so it can see daunting and overwhelming but there are police lights and buttons everywhere around campus that you can run to in case of an emergency and the police will be alerted.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Its just okay honestly. Not much to worry about though

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Our university police officers participate in an on campus escort service that allows you to be picked up from any campus wide location and dropped off at another point on campus. This allows for people who are not comfortable walking around alone at night to ensure that they are safe. Additionally, our campus police often is seen in the residential halls. The reason for this is to show first years that the police officers are not only in the halls to respond to policy violations, but to build a community with the students.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There have been many crime alerts on my campus, but they all appear to happen at night to someone when they are walking alone. I feel safe walking around my campus during the day, but I would not walk alone at night. The campus does try to increase safety measures through having university police. They encourage everybody to keep the police number for if they ever see anything suspicious or feel unsafe.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 51st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 190th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1358th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
San Diego, CA
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Safety and security at San Diego State is strong. You will notice this by walking around campus and seeing the safety patrol vehicles driving through at all hours of the day. Safety at San Diego State is a non-issue for most people. With abundant blue-light emergency stations located throughout campus and a 24-hour escort service, students feel they are being adequately protected by campus security. Every once in a while, you will hear about an incident that occurred in one of the parking structures late at night, but these happenings are infrequent, and almost always end with the victim getting away safely. Most people go throughout their entire career at San Diego State without ever experiencing an incident that would have them questioning their safety. The school goes to great lengths to ensure that students are being watched out for, and every year security is getting stronger, and students are being more closely looked out for.

Overall, security on campus is great, and almost all students feel safe around San Diego State. Most incidents tend to take place in fraternity houses and house parties, where there is little security and regulation. If the school were to hire more security guards to watch over the parking structures 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the parking structures would be solid, and these incidents that are sometimes written about in the Daily Aztec would never occur. Besides these issues, students should feel undoubtedly safe when walking around campus. Safety and Security is definitely strong, but it could be even stronger if some minor alterations were made to security procedures.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 12
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 53
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 92
Security Office
(619) 594-1991
Safety Services
  • (RAD) Rape defense classes
  • Campus Watch
  • Emergency phones
  • Safe Walk
  • Shuttle/escort van
Health Center
Student Health Services
5500 Campanile Dr.
(619) 594-4325
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • STD screening
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 180 responses

  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% None
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 16 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 181 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 49% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 181 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 25% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 180 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 35% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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