Health & Safety

Philadelphia, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security itself is very good and fast-responding, but the student health center often has a week's wait for an appointment, and the counseling services 2 months or more.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's pretty good. Campus is well-lit. Penn police patrol on and off. You can always call for a walking or riding escort from various place on and around campus. It's just that sometimes we question the response time for and decision process behind what becomes a Penn Alert to let the community know of potential danger. But I've never felt unsafe on Penn's campus and am only a bit wary off. Common sense does oodles for keeping folks safe, and I think Penn Police does the rest.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: One star removed because it is Philadelphia and there are real people living in the city and real problems that brush up against the campus "bubble." However, the campus is an extremely safe place and if you ever feel unsafe walking home to an off-campus location you can always ask a bicycling penn police man or woman to walk with you.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Philadelphia in general does not have a great reputation for being a safe city, although I feel relatively safe on campus.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Student Health Center is close to campus and easily accessible.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 304th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 713rd
    Safest Campuses
  • 1398th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Perry Petra-Wong
Pasadena, Calif.
Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
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Students are wary of the traditionally dangerous reputation of West Philadelphia, but most feel very secure walking around campus at any time. Most believe that the campus is in as safe of a neighborhood as a large city can provide and believe that the less than perfect safety record is a small price to pay if you want an urban campus. Students appreciate the strong efforts made by the University administration to improve security in recent years which include a increased police force, technological security innovations, and the use of a Penn ID Card for access into most buildings after-hours.

Penn, being one of only two universities to receive the Clery Award for improvements in safety in 2003, has proven that it is committed to improving the streets of West Philadelphia and making the area safer for students and local residents alike. While crime rates may be significantly lower than a decade ago, there is yet progress to be made to ensure that Penn students enjoy an even more secure learning environment. Hopefully, the school will continue to implement new and improved safety procedures so that every trip home from the library at 4 a.m. be a safe one.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 38
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 13
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Division of Public Safety
(215) 573-3333 (emergencies); (215) 898-7297 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Closed circuit television system
  • Electronic crime/emergency alerts
  • Handivan
  • LUCY (Loop through University City)
  • Outdoor siren system for emergencies
  • PennBus
  • Restroom alarms
  • Safer Living seminars
  • Student-run medical emergency response team
  • Walking escorts
Health Center
Student Health Services
Promed building, 3535 Market St.
(215) 746-3535
Health Services
  • Alcohol and other drug abuse services
  • Allergy
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental
  • Dermatology
  • Immunizations
  • Medication services
  • Men's health
  • Nutritionists
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Podiatry
  • Primary care
  • Routine physicals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD screenings
  • Surgery
  • Travel clinic
  • Victim support
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
In 2003, the University of Pennsylvania was honored with the "Clery Award for Campus Safety Improvements." This honor recognizes the University's innovative technological programs as well as its outstanding campus police patrols.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 44 responses

  • 27% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 11% None
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 45% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 34% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 66% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 57% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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