Health & Safety

Location
Austin, TX
Undergrads
37,083
Tuition (in-state)
$33,128 ($9,790)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As long as you are smart about walking around campus, it is very safe. Walk in groups and avoid listening to music while walking so you can be aware of your surroundings. A downside is that bikes are very commonly stolen here at UT.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't heard of any sexual assault or anything like that, but as a personal safety precaution I carry pepper spray on me.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They do a great job of reminding you and I have not waited a long time and they are accurate with their procedures.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus is large and has a great number of daily visitors who do not go to the school. Homeless people live close to the campus and can be bothersome on the walk to class. I make it a point to get home before it gets dark out, or I have a friend to walk with if I know that I will be staying late.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They have services that will accompany home as well as phone lines throughout campus if you need to call 911. Overall campus safety is taken seriously and generally pretty good.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 32nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 328th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1258th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tony Griffin
Hometown
Houston, TX
Major
Marketing
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Overall, students feel safe on campus. The UT campus is well lit, there are generally at least some people on campus at all times, and programs such as SURE Walk (which offers a walk late at night home from the libraries on campus), and UTPD Escort Service, both contribute to better feelings of security to students. There are few guys who don't feel safe walking on campus alone, and many girls feel safe walking alone, as well. However, it is a good policy to walk with others rather than alone. Campus police are usually seen on campus, and there are blue-light phones that will notify police of your location on campus if there is ever an emergency. While most girls feel safe walking on the actual campus alone at night, the areas surrounding campus are a different story. In the West Campus area there are definitely dangers. There have been various “West Campus Rapists.” Walking alone in West Campus at night is unsafe behavior. However, if you take general precautions, Austin and the campus area are safe.

Just be smart and don’t take unnecessary risks. Austin is not a high crime city—it's not like living in inner-city Houston, Los Angeles, or New York. Austin is a much quieter town crime-wise, but that's not to say things don’t happen. But, for the most part, if you are aware of your surroundings, and especially if you are on campus, safety and security are a non-issue.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 2
  • Burglary: 37
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 10
Security Office
UT Police Department
2201 Robert Dedman Dr.
(512) 471-4441
www.utexas.edu/police
Safety Services
  • Alcohol awareness programs
  • Bicycle registration
  • Community Oriented Policing (COP) Program
  • Defensive Driving Classes
  • Emergency call boxes (120+)
  • Fingerprinting
  • K-9 Unit
  • Lost and found
  • Personal safety programs
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
Health Center
University Health Services
100 W. Dean Keaton St.
(512) 471-4955 (appointments), (512) 475-NURSE (24-hour nurse advice)
healthyhorns.utexas.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug counseling
  • Birth control
  • Classes and workshops
  • General medical care
  • Immunizations and allergy shots
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Sports medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
You can become a Sexual Health Peer Advisor or an Alcohol and Drug Education Peer Advisor at the University Health Services and receive class credit, as well as volunteer your time and learn valuable information.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 186 responses

  • 15% Walking alone
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 8% None
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 186 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 65% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 186 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 10% Not very visible.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 186 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 28% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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