Health & Safety

Tacoma, WA
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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health services are unbelievably bad. Hours are limited, and appointments are nearly impossible to get. How foolish I was to think I could walk in and get care. Staff not friendly. Security services are decent/good.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally always feel safe on campus, and only feel unsafe if I venture farther away from school

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Nothing bad has happened to my knowledge.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is a joke. You're better off finding a primary care physician in the area or going to Urgent Care.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus feels very safe, but the center of health and wellness never seems to be open and the process of getting any kind of appointment there is a nightmare


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 233rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 444th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1213rd
    Best Student Health Center

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juliette Witous
Sonoma, CA
Grad Year
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In regard to health, students can go to the Counseling, Health, & Wellness Center located in the Wheelock Student Center. During flu season and when a bug finds its way around campus, it is relatively difficult to get an appointment right away. Students don't have to pay for appointments, but if they need any medication, tests, shots, or vaccines, they will have to use their own insurance to cover the costs. CHWS also provides therapy groups for the LGBT community and grief counseling, as well as counseling sessions for free. If a student athlete is injured during the season and needs treatment outside of the training staff, the school will cover whatever expenses are left after the primary insurance is used.

On the topic of security, although Tacoma has a bad reputation for being somewhat dangerous, it is not even in the Top 100 most dangerous cities in the country. It is just like any other city, with the same amount of crime, none of which infiltrates the UPS bubble. The University's campus is extremely safe, with only the occasional theft. There are emergency phones on the blue-light security booths located on many walkways. Security Services is available 24 hours, and students are able to call for escorted rides to and from campus. Not many know about this, but it is helpful when it is raining profusely and you want to get home from a party.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 13
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 12
Security Office
Security Services
3206 N. 15th St.
(253) 879-3311
Safety Services
  • 24-hour emergency telephones
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols
  • Controlled dormitory access
  • Late-night transport and escort service
  • Lighted pathways/sidewalks
  • Student patrols
Health Center
Counseling, Health, & Wellness Services
Wheelock Student Center 216
(253) 879-1555
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m, Tuesday 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Birth control
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Pharmacy services
  • STI screening
  • Student health awareness
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Security Services will pick you up and give you a ride back to campus from up to a mile away. Just give them a call.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 30 responses

  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Drugs
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 8% None
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 30 responses

  • 20% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 7% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 23% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 66% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 7% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 55% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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