Health & Safety

Gainesville, FL
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is very safe. There are police calling stations all around campus and police patrol the campus constantly

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There is alot of security on campus at night, which definitely has a feeling of security.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel decently safe on campus. The overall Gainesville area is pretty sketchy though and there are often text message updates about crimes around the campus/apartments near campus.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: We have taken several measures to ensure the safety of not only me but my peers as well. We have blue light signal buttons everywhere on campus and I have seen several Police Enforcement roaming all around campus not only in cars but bikes and horses as well.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: UFAlert sends out messages in any event of crime within the whole town, student government installed light sensors, developed an app to send pings if you feel unsafe, bus billboards promote safe drinking habits, free health center staff is super nice and discreet. Cops are posted during late night library hours as well as always patrolling sorority row, SNAP is one of two free "taxi" services around campus late night, and they're responsive to complaints, extending drop-off locations, adding tracking system. There's some bad neighborhoods on the outskirts but they do what they can.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 170th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1221st
    Safest Campuses
  • 1295th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Bronx, NY
Grad Year
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UF’s state- and nationally-accredited police department is not just some lame rent-a-cop force. They keep an eye on the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in patrol cars, on motorcycles and bicycles, and by foot. In an emergency, they can be just about anywhere on campus in what seems like an instant. In fact, you might be a little dismayed with how fast they’ll be there at just the moment you decide to put the pedal to the metal and zoom past 20 mph on your speedometer. However, the noticeable police presence on campus makes anyone who remembers the UF tragedies of the early '90s feel better, and anyway, most of them are really nice people who genuinely want to help students feel safe at school. The infirmary adds to the feeling of safety, with its student-centered programs, low prices, and friendly staff.

Of course, like any community, UF is not completely free of crime, but if you take the obvious precautions, you should be fine. Don’t leave your laptop unattended and don’t walk alone at night if you can help it. If you are on campus at night and would rather not walk home or to a bus stop by yourself, call the Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP). They will send a van to pick you and your guests up, and transport you safely anywhere on campus. Trust your intuition—if you feel something isn’t safe, it probably isn’t.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 41
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
University of Florida Police Department
Building 51, Museum Road
911 or (352) 392-1111 (emergencies); (352) 392-5648 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Bicycle registration
  • Community safety programs
  • Emergency alert program
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Operation identification
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Silent Witness
  • Student auxilliary patrols
Health Center
Student Health Care Center
1 Fletcher Dr.
(352) 392-1611
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Birth control
  • Dermatology clinic
  • General medical care
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory
  • Massage therapy
  • Medical studies
  • Mental health services
  • Occupational medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine clinic
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 275 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% None
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% 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 11 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 274 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 53% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 274 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 47% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 33% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 275 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 21% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 26% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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