Health & Safety

Boulder, CO
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe, but its really big and in the middle of town, so I don't like walking alone at night to my car.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe when I am on campus. I feel like if need be, I can find someone easily to get help from.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel very safe on campus. I would often go on walks at night or ride my longboard (carrying around my pepper spray just in case). Despite my feeling safe on campus, I always received emails talking about some sexual assault or crime occurring on campus or near the hill.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel very safe and comfortable on campus. I am more worried about expensive items (bicycles, computers, etc) being stolen than I am about assault of any form. People are often very passionate about fighting against sexual assault.

4 College Sophomore



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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 55th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 742nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 839th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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Though Boulder is a small, relatively safe town, CU remains a large campus that attracts a high volume of people. As with any concentrated community, theft and assaults do occur, but they do not go unreported. Local newspapers are committed to reporting recent incidents and providing detailed descriptions of accused assailants. Attempted rapes have been the University’s most pertinent safety issues, but great measures have been taken to educate and protect students from being unsuspecting victims. During freshman orientation, all students are advised to use emergency sirens that are strategically placed in numerous locations on and off campus, if the need arises. Campus alerts have been set up by the campus police to make sure that every student is fully aware of the dangers in and around campus. E-mails are sent out almost right away, and you can even have it set up so the alerts will be text messaged to your cell phone. The University also offers NightRide, which provides students with free transportation to and from designated locations, as well at NightWalk for those requiring an escort on campus.

Although crimes do occur on CU’s campus, a significant amount of safety issues remain prevalent regardless of what major university you attend. The important thing to remember is that particular situations can be avoided when proper precautions are taken. While in Boulder, it is important to remember to walk with a friend or a group of friends, and use the safety measures the University has provided for your protection. If you use common sense, the chance of being victimized is far less probable. Of course, the words “common sense” and “college student” often do not go together in the same sentence.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 7
  • Arson: 7
  • Burglary: 59
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
CU-Boulder Police Department
1050 Regent Drive
911 (emergencies); (303) 492-6666 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Community safety operations
  • Crime stoppers
  • Emergency telephones
  • Laptop registration
  • Lost and found
  • NightRide and NightWalk escorts
  • Sexual assault awareness
Health Center
Wardenburg Health Center
18th Street and Broadway
(303) 492-5101
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Community health programs
  • HIV testing
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary and urgent care
  • Psychological health
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • After a recent inspection, the College of American Pathologists awarded CU's Wardenburg Health Center with laboratory accreditation and congratulated the center's director for "excellence of the services being provided."
  • Need protection? No need to be embarrassed. Simply step into Wardenburg, and you'll find a number of small baskets filled with an assortment of free condoms. You're in, you're out, and you never even had to ask.
  • Emergency contraception is offered over-the-counter in the pharmacy.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 98 responses

  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Drugs
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 6 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 98 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 13% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 35% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 97 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 26% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 97 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 13% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 35% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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