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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Both men and women should be aware of their surroundings

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Its pretty good, each residential area has security from the hours of 8pm to 3am, and during the day the campus is safe as a result of the large body of students present throughout the day. At night the roads and sidewalks are well lit.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe walking alone on campus during the day or at night

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime rate is very low. Police are great.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There's some theft. I feel mostly safe, but more comfortable walking in a group at night.


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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
New York City
Grad Year
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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)
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
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?
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 131 responses

  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 7% None
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 8 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 131 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 31% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 26% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 4% Not very visible.
  • 29% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 50% 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 131 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 24% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 59% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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