Health & Safety

Pittsburgh, PA
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is fairly good with the use of Pitt police and emergency boxes

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: As far as personal safety goes I have never felt in danger on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: In general, no complaints about health and safety. Pitt's double-protected by campus and city police, so I've always felt safe on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus. I believe that there is a police presence and appropriate safety precautions on campus

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus and student health is fantastic!

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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 138 responses

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

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 137 responses

  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 11% 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 137 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 4% 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 137 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 33% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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