Health & Safety

Tuscaloosa, AL
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$22,950 ($9,200)
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus except for at night when I am alone and there are not many people out.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The campus works hard to keep everyone safe. Campus police sends emails regarding any possible dangers, including weather alerts, and how one should respond to possible threats.

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school is very concerned with campus and student safety and even issues alerts to the students when an incident occurs to help keep them vigilant.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: UA's campus is very safe. Tuscaloosa is not dangerous by any means anyway, but the university is exponentially safe. Police are stationed all across campus and are on guard 24/7. There are blue emergency phone poles all across the university and even slightly outside its borders to ensure student safety should there be an emergency.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 202nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 982nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1383rd
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Josh Morris
Bath, Maine
Public Relations
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For the most part, students agree that the UA police live up to their jobs. Although some students can recall a few problems in the past, they believe that no school is completely safe. At UA, there’s no reason to walk alone at night since the school offers a free escort service, 348-RIDE, which provides students with free rides between campus locations. There are also plenty of emergency phones located all around campus if students have any problems. Tuscaloosa and UA Police have teamed up to better patrol the Strip and have installed cameras and more lighting in appropriate locations. There’s no worry when it comes to the dorms because UA police patrol the area, and there are RAs in all of them.

With the UA police and the Tuscaloosa police patrolling the school day and night, students feel safe while on campus. Some of the female dorms even provide parking lot escorts. Although students feel safe, they still express how important it is to be smart while on, and especially off, campus. Always lock your doors, do not walk alone at night, and do not leave your belongings lying around.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 97
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 5
Security Office
University Police
120 New Hall, 800 Sorority Circle
(205) 348-5454
Safety Services
  • Emergency Phones
  • Escort Service
  • Lighted paths and walkways
  • Lost and found
  • Safety education programs
  • Self defense course for women
Health Center
The Student Health Center
(205) 348-6262
Appointment office: Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Clinic: Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • ADHD Screening
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Laboratory Tests
  • Travel Services
  • Women's Health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Late at night and need a ride? Try a free ride! The Bama Escort Service, a program of the UA police, will give you a free car ride on campus.
  • Leaving the bars and can't drive home? Then don't. Take advantage of the Tuscaloosa Trolley.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 141 responses

  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 13% None
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students

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 139 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 19% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 46% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 140 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 9% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 34% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 140 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 11% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 35% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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