Health & Safety

Louisville, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$23,146 ($9,662)
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2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Robberies made present in my campus. Has to stop.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A major problem, need to improve alot

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are security guards in the dorms at night and in the parking lots or walking around, but none of them look any more able to protect me than I would be on my own

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are no police patrolling around or near campus.

College Freshman

Health & Safety: I am military, so I do not use the campus health center. I go to the hospital on base.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 145th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 292nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1348th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Muller
LaGrange, Ky.
French and English
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One thing Louisville shares with bigger cities is that it is important to be cautious when out and about. During the day, there are few safety issues, but at night, campus and the surrounding area can be a little dangerous. Security is definitely visible now, but as recently as the beginning of the 2009-10 school year, there were cases of students being held up at gunpoint and robbed in a well-lit area outside of a dorm. U of L students are notified of crimes and safety problems via text and e-mail, but some feel these are sent out too often and become a scare tactic. Overall, it is probably safe to walk around campus during daylight and early evening hours with a group, but walking alone late at night is a bad idea. And you should never really need to—there is a free escort service offered by the Department of Public Safety that drives students anywhere on or within a one-mile radius of campus after dark, which is especially useful at the end of a late night at the library.

Student organizations bring in self-defense and safety speakers a couple of times a year, and it pays to go and learn from them. Carrying keys and pepper spray and staying with a group prevents most safety issues, and many U of L students never have a problem. It will soon become second nature not to walk around alone late at night and to keep your doors locked. Students say they wish the police presence was even more visible, but the campus alert system, specially equipped emergency phones, and blue-light buttons across campus that connect immediately to emergency services help. Although Louisville is not a terribly dangerous city, crime does happen—friends don’t let friends walk alone at night!

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 43
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
University Police
Floyd Street Parking Garage
(502) 852-6111
Safety Services
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime prevention and self-defense classes
  • Emergency blue-light system
  • Escort services
  • Operation Identification
  • Weapons storage
Health Center
Belknap Health Center
2207 S. Brook St.
(502) 852-6479
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy injections
  • Basic health services
  • Counseling
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Mental health services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physicals
  • STD testing and prevention
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent medical care
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
All across campus, there are blue-light terminals with a button to press in case of emergency. Pressing the button alerts the University Police and immediately connects to emergency services via phone.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 65 responses

  • 20% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% None
  • 3% Excessive drinking
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 65 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 34% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 8% We have campus police?
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 8% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 66 responses

  • 5% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 36% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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