Health & Safety

Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
20,306
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Amherst and the campus are very safe, I am a girl and i walk home alone at night and I feel safe.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The UMassPD are present and willing to assist. They aren't there just to get you in trouble; they're doing their job, trying to keep you safe. They're always up for some conversation, too. UHS is inconvenient and such a hassle. It takes for ever and costs way more than it's worth! You're better off at AEIOU.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never had any reason to feel unsafe, unless you put yourself into that situation on purpose

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health Services on campus is pretty quick and helpful if you get there at an early time. There is a lot of healthy food offered in the dining halls as well as an awesome gym for staying fit. I can not go a day on campus without seeing a police car. I feel safe and healthy on campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Haven't needed the assistance of the police or UHS, yet. (Thank God...)

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 143rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1323rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1362nd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
Hometown
New York City
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2015
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A strong focus is placed on safety and security, on and off campus, but just like many large campuses, thefts still occur here. However, they are usually nonviolent and involve microscopes, car stereos, and books. Certain areas of UMass experience more crime than others, including Southwest Residential Area, parking lots, and the many off-campus apartment complexes, but this inevitably coincides with the population size of these areas. Students can protect themselves from crime by walking with friends and staying in well-lit areas, being vocal, locking doors, never leaving a personal item unattended, carrying a cell phone, and remaining alert at all times. UMass also has many safety services to keep students safe, one of the most visible being the blue-light system. It is said that when standing anywhere on campus, you should be able to see at least one blue light, where you can hit an emergency button to summon help that will arrive within minutes. There is a free campus shuttle and walking escort service, so you will never have to walk alone at night. In the dorms, security monitors keep track of non-residents who enter buildings, and police officers and cadets are on constant patrol. Police have a generally positive presence on and off campus because, although they are known for their love of handing out parking tickets, they are not out to bust parties—their main concern is simply to keep everyone safe.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 11
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 62
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 11
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
UMass Amherst Police Department
Dickinson Hall, 351 Hicks Way
(413) 545-2121 (non-emergency)
www.umass.edu/umpd
Safety Services
  • Blue-light system
  • Campus shuttle
  • Card access to dorms
  • Crime alerts
  • HELP phones at all dorm entrances
  • Rape Agression Defense (RAD) courses
  • Residence hall student security program
  • Safety education programs
  • Security cameras on campus (more than 600!)
  • Walking escort service
Health Center
University Health Services
150 Infirmary Way
(413) 577-5101
www.umass.edu/uhs
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Accupuncture
  • Allergy clinic
  • Athletic Health Enhancement Program (AHEP)
  • Basic health care
  • Eating disorder clinics
  • Eye care
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Lab services
  • Mental health
  • Mind/body medicine clinic
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Occupational health services
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Tobacco treatment program
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent care clinic
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The most read section of the UMass Daily Collegian is the police log section, which records any arrests that take place on campus.
  • A popular scam at UMass is when people who are not affiliated with the University go around to each dorm at the end of the semester and pay students cash for their textbooks, usually about $5 per book. This practice is illegal, and you can actually get quite a bit more for your books by bringing them directly to the textbook annex when you are done with them.
  • The UMass police department commonly patrols campus on horseback.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 126 responses

  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 125 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 13% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 20% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 126 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 27% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 52% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 126 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 22% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 60% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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