Health & Safety

Baltimore, MD
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$20,825 ($9,764)
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I think this school is very safe, however it could use a few more lights on the pathways because while I don't mind walking at night, it can be creepy on a path with broken/no lights.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: So far my only police involvement has been them coming and dismissing me from the Interfaith Center before closing (the alarm goes off 30 minutes before closing) and a parking ticket when I was in the correct spot with my correct tag (they wouldn't waive it because it was only a warning). Also, I lost my keys during and event and the police officer said he didn't see them, and I saw they were on the desk beside where he was standing. They are friendly, but they give out random parking tickets a little bit too much and unfairly. Like my case, many have said they were in the correct spot and given a ticket.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is fine, nothing really happens on this campus that necessitates police. However, the on-campus clinic is difficult to work with and there's no way to make an appointment. Early last semester I was very sick and needed a doctor's note for missing class; I ended up walking to and from the clinic at first because they wouldn't see me, then sitting for two hours because they wouldn't let me make an actual appointment unless I was there to quit smoking or go on birth control.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Being on campus feels very safe and comfortable. The only issue is the mental health unit, which does not provide regular appointment services.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 541st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 817th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 976th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Luanna Azulay
Arlington, Va./Recife, PE, Brazil
Political Science
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UMBC is a safe campus. All students receive an e-mail any time a crime occurs on campus, and they can also choose to receive text messages in emergency situations. The UMBC police are available 24 hours—they are always on guard, ready to help any students in need and protect them whenever necessary. The staff includes sworn police officers, student marshals, and communications specialists. UMBC is the sort of campus where students can walk around late at night and still feel safe—some students have even reported feeling more safe here than in their own homes. Thefts are so uncommon here that some students will leave expensive property in common areas of campus and come back four or five hours later to find it in the same place (although this, of course, is never recommended).

University Health Services provides health care and educational services to all students, faculty, and staff. UHS offers diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses, immunizations, preventive gynecological care, pharmacy services for prescriptions including birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases, and even acupuncture and therapeutic massage, among other services. Unfortunately, if you get ill when the office is closed, you may have to take a trip to the local hospital, St. Agnes, which may mean hours of wait. The student nickname for St. Agnes’s is “St. Agony,” a nod to the distress you’ll be in until they get around to you.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 20
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 4
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
UMBC Police Department
(410) 455-5555
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Blue-light emergency phones
  • Escort service
  • Fingerprinting
  • Online crime log
  • Rape aggression defense training
Health Center
University Health Services
Erickson Hall
(410) 455-2542
Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Accupuncture
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Lab testing
  • Pharmacy services
  • Physicals
  • Smoking cessation classes
  • STD testing
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Tuberculosis screenings
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • UMBC Police is available 24 hours a day.
  • The University newspaper, The Retriever, lists all the crimes that occured on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 64 responses

  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 17% None
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 63 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 40% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 64 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 62% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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