Health & Safety

Columbia, MO
Tuition (in-state)
$23,366 ($9,257)
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police are usually very good at informing the campus of any threats or crimes

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety and security are okay. The students may need to take the initiative to be more safe and make better decisions.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus. We have emergency phones scattered throughout the campus if you need them. I have no problem walking alone at night.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They should really be open on weekends because a lot can happen within those 48 hours

4 College Student

Health & Safety: The drinking I would say cause a lot of the problems we have on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 31st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 135th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 946th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Kojadinovic
Saint Louis, Missouri
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The only big worry on campus is the craziness of some drivers, due to the fact that Mizzou is a closed campus for most of the day. Students forget that they can't just step off the sidewalk onto the street as they do throughout the day, so being careful when walking is essential. Mizzou is a relatively safe campus; there are incidents here and there, but they are quickly taken care of by the University of Missouri Police Department (or MUPD for short). Students are alerted by email whenever there is an incident on campus or in the surrounding area. MUPD does a good job keeping students informed and protected. The University also has blue lights set up all around campus. Blue lights are pillars that are connected directly to the police. Students in danger can just press the button, and a police officer will respond in moments and talk the student through the blue light if needed. Some things to always remember: keep a level head, be very aware at parties, and never go out after midnight without a buddy (as silly as that sounds—it helps keep you safe).  

Full-time students at the University are automatically charged for a health center fee. This is a great program for students that are far away from home. The MU Student Health Center is always available; the only thing that students should make sure of is that they make an appointment beforehand. The doctors at the health center are knowledgeable and caring, as is the staff. Besides the physical health aspect, Mizzou also offers a therapeutic element. Students who are stressed out or just need someone to talk to can make an appointment with a therapist.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 6
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 17
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
University of Missouri - Columbia Police Department
901 Virginia Ave.
(573) 882-7201
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Laptop registration
  • Police bike and foot patrols
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
Health Center
MU Student Health Center
University Physicians Medical Building
(573) 882-7481
Monday-Tuesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Immunizations
  • Lab work
  • Pharmacy
  • Preventative care
  • Referrals
  • STD tests
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 120 responses

  • 15% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 11% None
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 119 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 24% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 56% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 23% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 17% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 34% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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