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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety definitely helps but it still happens

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is rather safe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Be smart, you won't have a problem. On campus especially, nothing to be worried about.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety is pretty much everywhere. Which is unfortunate if you want to do 'questionable' things, but it's née in emergencies. Sometimes they do have a slow response time.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are minor safety concerns, mostly just with off campus people harassing students. Luckily, these events happen maybe once or twice a year. The campus is safe other than that. Sexual assault and date rape are a problem at any campus where partying and drinking are present, and SCU is no different. Just be smart. Cowell Health Center is difficult to work with, and they usually are hit or miss with how helpful they are. They are known to basically diagnose any injury with lots of Vicodin, so take that for what you will. They serve the general campus population well enough however, and there are frequent blood drives and other health related events around campus. Organizations like the Peer Health Educators serve to help students cope with health-related issues of many types all around campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 22nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 817th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1134th
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
English and French
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Most students report feeling very safe at Santa Clara. Campus Safety patrols campus and its surrounding areas 24/7, and the Santa Clara Police Department is located right across the street, employing more than enough cops to keep the campus safe and secure. Campus Safety has also installed 30 blue-light phones around campus, which students can use to contact Campus Safety any time they feel uncomfortable walking alone. While SCU and its surrounding areas are generally pretty safe, students from other schools have been known to occasionally crash parties and start fights on weekend nights. Because the Santa Clara Police and Campus Safety are known to constantly patrol these areas, such events are usually responded to pretty quickly. The Campus Safety report in the Santa Clara newspaper provides good testimony to the low level of crime around campus. Most crime involves petty theft of bikes, valuables, and electronics, but as long as students are conscious about keeping valuables hidden, doors locked, and bikes secure, they shouldn't have any problems. Many students in the dorms use laptop locks to secure their computers, and heavy duty "U" locks for their bikes. 

In terms of student health, Santa Clara does a lot to ensure the well-being of its students. In addition to a general health center, where students can go for checkups and basic medical procedures, Santa Clara has a Wellness Center, which provides information on a range of topics dealing with health, diet, and physical well-being. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is also a good resource for students coping with homesickness or other personal issues, and it offers each student 10 free visits during their time at Santa Clara. 

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 6
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Campus Safety
Parking Structure, Room 103
(408) 554-4441
Safety Services
  • 24/7 campus patrols and escort services
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime and incident summary
  • Emergency phones on campus
  • Lost and found
  • Personal safety programs
  • Rape defense classes
  • Security surveys
  • Student-run EMT squad
Health Center
Cowell Student Health Cetner
Cowell Building, Building 701
(408) 554-4501
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Gynecological services
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Routine physical examinations
  • Sports medicine
  • TB testing
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Santa Clara has its own entirely student-run EMT squad, available on-call 24/7 to respond to accidents and emergencies.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 69 responses

  • 20% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 7% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 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 68 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 34% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 74% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 69 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 25% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 70% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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