Health & Safety

San Marcos, TX
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While the security on campus isn't made blaringly obvious, it is there, and in great working condition. With its own central police force and many security cameras in plain view making it a noticeably safer feeling environment, there are other factors making this campus a little safer than what meets the eye. With the addition of "bobcat Bobbies" student (predominately females) Can call or text the campus office requesting a vehicle to come pick them up in order to avoid any unpleasant nightly encounters. Other additions to the campus one may consider are the innumerable amounts of helpful and caring students and staff, creating a wonderfully engaging social environment for all.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Every once in a while there is a message about someone being robbed or assaulted but not a lot. Campus police is always on top of it though. They always send alerts and are very informative when incidents like this happen. You honestly shouldn't feel safe anywhere. It's always best to be on alert. It's a college town and people are care less sometimes. It's always important to report whatever you see to campus police.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: there has been many violent cases in the past year

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety of students is probably the first concern of the staff and police at my school.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: At night, the creepers come out near the dorms.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 35th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 240th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1145th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nate Stanley
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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The Texas State campus is all about keeping the student body safe. There are numerous emergency phones around campus, as well as police centers at both ends of the campus. Texas State is also very vigilant when sending out any precautionary e-mails, from messages about cars being broken into to suspicious persons being cited to road closures. 

Students should be aware of the safe and not-so safe parts of campus. The safest areas tend to be the dorms and well-lit areas. It should be a rule of thumb not to walk around by yourself at night, though. But if night walks alone are your fancy, you will feel safe doing so around the Texas State campus. The unsafest parts tend to be the areas where construction is going on, even if these areas are thoroughly blocked off to prevent accidental injuries. The streets tend to be a bit scary, especially when it rains. There is a lot of oil that rises above the water on the roads, and unfortunately, drivers around here tend to forget that.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 36
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 9
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Texas State University Police Department
601 University Dr.
(512) 245-2890 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Bobcat Bobbies (night walk escorts)
  • Crime statistics
  • Emergency alert system
  • PAWS (Positive Action With Students) - web-based reporting system
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • RIDE Program (bike registration)
  • Texas Action Council on Theft (TACT)
  • TXSTate RAVE (sends out text messages to your phone when an emergency happens on campus)
  • Victim services
Health Center
Student Health Center
298 Student Center Dr.
(512) 245-2167
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Emergency contraception/birth control
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services and X-rays
  • Mental health services
  • Nurse clinic
  • Pregnancy testing/counseling
  • Smoking cessation
  • STI and anonymous HIV testing
  • Tuberculosis skin testing
  • Women's clinic
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 182 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% None
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 8 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 182 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 63% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 182 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 14% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% 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 182 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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