Health & Safety

Newark, DE
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We get alerts to our phones whenever there is any trouble in the area, warning students to be careful. The police are always making rounds so it's easy to feel safe. Also, there is a blue light system just in case you don't feel comfortable at any time.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is just not near anything else on campus so it's annoying to go there if you're sick or hurt. The people there are pretty nice and semi-helpful, just like any general doctor's office. Safety wise, I have never felt unsafe on campus. We get UD alerts from time to time about people getting robbed or assaulted or something but you just have to be smart and aware of your surroundings. Just don't be stupid and walk by yourself at 3 am and you'll be fine. Campus police don't really do anything but give parking tickets and occasionally break up parties but I guess it's good that they never have anything to do.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety and security on campus has never been a major concern of mine, since I had never felt like I had been in danger in anyway. However things such as walking alone at night, and the amount of residents who do not attend the school and simply live around the campus that are around, I can be leery about at times. The major concern here for me is the amount of criminal activity that goes on near the campus. The surrounding area and city of the university can sometimes get a bit dangerous at night and it is not as built up as the campus is. There is a fear sometimes that this activity could go on somewhere on campus in the near future, but I trust the campus police will continue doing their job at keeping the student body safe.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety isn't the greatest here. The student themselves don't seem to be involved in dangerous activities. I had my dorm unlocked all last year and never a thing was stolen. The concern is more robberies and assaults on campus. Non-students seem to rob students, especially grad students. At least once a month we are notified that there was an armed robbery or assault on some student by two non students. Just don't walk alone off the beaten trail and you should be fine. Although I walk alone often.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Aside from a few people having clothes stolen from the laundry rooms, I haven't heard of any thefts or other types of crimes on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 437th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 727th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1295th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danielle Todd
Newark, Del.
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While there have been problems with the safety and security of a handful of UD students, there is essentially nothing to worry about. Safety issues are not uncommon in a college atmosphere such as Newark, where alcohol and youth account for a good majority of the crime. UD is certainly no worse than any other large campus and, if you put a little effort into avoiding bad situations, you should come through college unscathed.

On a day-to-day basis, most students don't really worry about security. While it is always wise to keep an eye on your belongings, crime isn't a major focus. The number of muggings, attacks, and rapes has been quite high, with the result that students have been a little more aware of their actions. There are many safety features on campus that help get students from one point to another, but these same features sadly do not extend to off-campus locations. This weakness has been a major issue, as nearly half of all UD students live off campus, and UD has taken some steps to change it. No college is completely free of problems, but Newark is a small town that is relatively safe and secure.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 32
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 8
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
413 Academy St.
(302) 831-2222
Safety Services
  • Bicycle identification
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Operation Identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Silent Witness Reports
Health Center
Student Health Services
Laurel Hall
(302) 831-2226
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Counseling and student development
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • Inpatient services
  • Laboratory services
  • Massages (discounted service)
  • Medical clinic
  • Medication dispensary
  • Men's health
  • Nutrition
  • Radiology services
  • Self-care cold and wound centers
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Wart clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Theft is the crime with the second highest number of incidences. Leaving your things unattended in the library makes you a prime target, so keep an eye on your things. Even books are a valuable commodity to a thief on campus.
  • Even if you are 21 or older, you cannot walk around in public with an open alcoholic beverage. You will receive a fine for an open container violation.
  • You can now get emergency contraception (also known as the morning-after pill) at the Health Center thanks to the activism of certain student groups.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 109 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% None
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 108 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 26% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 47% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 109 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 21% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 62% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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