Health & Safety

Boulder, CO
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$31,378 ($9,482)
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Depending on what day of the week it is (Friday and Saturday) the campus police as well as the Boulder police will be everywhere mostly looking out for student who are visibly and excessively drunk. Past that occasionally there are attempted sexual assault usually involving student near a frat house that are drunk. If your aware of these dangers you have nothing to worry about

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus and have been able to receive medical attention whenever I needed it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: NightRide is a pain but safety is great!

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There have been various sexual harassment reports that have been issued and it worries me. I appreciate that the campus is well lit at night so it makes it easier walking to the residence halls from class.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: CU is a safe campus in general. Many universities attract crime, but this is in their general nature. I would say that CU is safer than many campuses. A growing concern is petty theft or sexual assault. It is important that students are aware of their surroundings at any university.

The campus has several safety features available. Their campus police are usually available and there are emergency beacons positioned around campus for students to use in an emergency situation.


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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 94 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
  • 4% 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 93 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 37% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 34% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 4% We have campus police?
  • 13% Not very visible.
  • 27% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 42% 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 94 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 51% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 35% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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