Health & Safety

Pittsburgh, PA
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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Health services are good, but the hours are limited. It often takes days or weeks to get in to be seen,

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I never felt unsafe on campus. It's always well-lit, even late at night walking through Schenley Park or from the library. There are services available like safe rider that many students take advantage of, but walking is usually safe. However, Pitt is in an urban area, and I wouldn't recommend walking alone in North Oakland after dark. For the most part, Pitt's campus is very safe.

College Junior

Health & Safety: I am not really sure about the sexual assaults on campus because I have never really heard of any. However, our public safety is all around campus and the dorms have sign in ways to make sure no one harmful can enter the buildings. Being in a city school, I think my campus does a great job making sure the students are safe.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Its a safe and healthy campus. When one virus comes across our campus alot of kids end up getting it but the teachers and staff are very helpful and try to minimize the chaos. There isnt a lot of campus crime at all, the safety of being in your dorm is great! Anyone can call campus police and they respond relatively quickly and help in every situation. Even minor little things get called in all the time and the campus police always do their job.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: For being in an urban environment with lots of non-students around campus, Pitt is very safe. We have 24/7 security guards working each dorm building and students are not allowed in without being signed in. We also have "blue boxes" around campus that you can click if you feel like you are in danger and a police officer will be on the line with you and talk with you until another officer arrives at the scene.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 444th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1099th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1250th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Vock
Pittsburgh, PA
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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Common sense is key when talking about urban campus security. Many students feel that as long as you're not asking for trouble, you won't have any problems at Pitt. The campus is always well lit and because of the urban location, there are people out on the streets at every hour. Oakland is regularly patrolled by both city and campus police, and calls are responded to quickly. This is especially true at night and on the weekends. Dorm security is especially tight. Residence halls are guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You cannot be admitted into a dorm without having your ID swiped by security or unless you have a resident sign you into the dorm, which you need to still have a form of ID to be admitted.

Break-ins and petty theft tend to be the biggest securityissues at Pitt. Theft isn't uncommon in both on-campus buildings and nearby apartments. Just use common sense. It's best not to leave your stuff unattended and always remember to lock your doors. South Oakland, where many students live when they move out of the dorms, isn't the best of locations. Even here, though, the police presence tends to deter any serious crime. Other nearby neighborhoods pose little threat, with the possible exception of the Hill District (which begins at the northern end of campus), but there isn’t really anything there to draw students. Overall, students feel the same sense of security at Pitt that most only find in smaller, rural schools. As long as you're careful, it's easy to spend four years in Oakland and not have any problems.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 34
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Police Department
3412 Forbes Ave.
(412) 624-2121; 811 (on campus)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus shuttles
  • Crime notices
  • Crime watch programs
  • Crowd control
  • Defense classes
  • Emergency notification
  • Engraving
  • Event security
  • Patrol services
  • Rape aggression defense (RAD)
  • Residence hall security
  • Safety seminars
  • Van call (Saferider)
Health Center
Student Health Service
Medical Arts Building, Suite 500 3708 Fifth Ave.
(412) 383-1800
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • General medicine
  • Health education programs
  • Lab work
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy
  • Women's health/gynecology
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The University of Pittsburgh has the third largest police force in Allegheny County, with 74 police officers who are commissioned and certified in the same way as city or municipal police.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 143 responses

  • 19% Walking alone
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% None
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 12 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 143 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 53% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 143 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 23% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 143 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 14% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 32% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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