Health & Safety

Location
Athens, GA
Undergrads
24,496
Tuition (in-state)
$28,052 ($9,842)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel quite saw on campus. I have even had security guards keep an eye out when I have been walking solo to my vehicle.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Athens is pretty safe town. so uga as well

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've heard of a few crimes, but they're relatively rare.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: UGA has good security and I feel safe on campus definitely.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, but I still hear stories about dangerous things happening in the area to other students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 60th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1116th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1247th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher Joshua Benton
Hometown
Norfolk, VA
Major
English/Magzine Print Journalism/New Media
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Overall, UGA students feel safe on campus about 99 percent of the time. Walking home from downtown can potentially be dangerous, especially if you are alone-some people have been mugged and even raped doing so. Students should always travel in groups. The downtown cops are mainly there to bust underage drinkers, and they are usually out in droves, so trying to run from them doesn't always work. There are campus police everywhere you look, as well as Athens-Clarke County cops. There are call-boxes all over the place, too. The streets and parking lots are well lit, but some of the parking structures are in shady areas that are not the greatest places to be at night. Security at major events has increased year after year since 9/11, so fans can expect their purses and cargo pant pockets to be searched at the entrance to every football game and at most other sporting events. There are also cops at the gate who run metal-detector tests on random or suspicious fans. There are plenty of security officials and cops around on game days, so incidents are kept to a minimum. Also, on game days, cops are pretty lax on enforcing drinking laws, allowing open containers and drunk minors to slide by unbothered.

In terms of health services, the University Health Center is usually a little crowded, but there are good doctors available, and the pharmacy is located in the same building. There are also alcohol awareness classes at the Health Center for those unlucky students who were caught drinking underage in the dorms.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 45
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 6
Security Office
UGA Police Department
286 Oconee St., Suite 100
(706) 542-2200 (emergencies); (706) 542-5813 (non-emergencies)
www.police.uga.edu
Safety Services
  • Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Emergency phones
  • Escort services
  • Hand-scanning identification system in dorms
  • Operation Identification
  • Self-defense classes
  • UGA Alert
  • Watchdawgs
Health Center
University Health Center
55 Carlton St.
(706) 542-1162
www.uhs.uga.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental clinic
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency contraception
  • Health promotion
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Laboratory
  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition classes
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiology
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel clinic
  • Urgent care
  • Vision clinic
  • Women's clinic
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • There are 25 call-boxes sprinkled throughout the UGA campus.
  • All UGA police officers are college educated and many attend graduate programs.
  • The Patrol Division is organized into three patrol shifts, which operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Each patrol shift is assigned one lieutenant, one sergeant, two corporals, and numerous patrol officers to effectively safeguard the University community and the surrounding area.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 163 responses

  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 12% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 8% None
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 162 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 59% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 163 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 53% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 28% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 163 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 50% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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