Health & Safety

Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I needed to go to the doctor right away and they were able to get me in within two hours, and the quality of help was high.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel that responsible students take measure to protect their safety and close peers, although there are some who don't or get into sketchy situations and make bad choices and aren't safe.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Quite safe, the school tries really hard to be safe despite being in a major city.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Access to programs that promote safety and health seem abundant. Health services is less helpful than going to a doctor though.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Lots of crime, but also we live in a big city so it's expected that there will be crimes occurring weekly. However, our email and texting alert system works pretty efficiently.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 56th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 287th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1352nd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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The UW creates and supports reliable and effective services, like Night Ride, a shuttle service that offers rides to students going to and from campus. Despite the precautions in place, however, there have been rare incidents of attack, rape, and other forms of violence reported around campus, and the homeless population on the Avenue concerns some students. The UWPD are a pretty dependable group, but UW's location in the middle of a well-populated city makes it a more dangerous place, and nightfall exposes campus to some of the same dangers city dwellers experience.

Much of the school grounds light up at night for the protection of any night wanderers, the dorms are locked and secured so that only those with keys have access, and emergency phone booths are scattered throughout campus. Certainly campus efforts cannot make students immune to violence and victimization, but there are fair precautions taken against dangers, and for the most part, students have many resources to protect themselves from danger.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 75
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 6
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 19
Security Office
UW Police Department
1117 NE Boat St.
911 (emergencies), (206) 543-9331 (non-emergencies), (206) 543-0507 (business)
Safety Services
  • Bike and/or electronics registration
  • Campus alarms
  • Citizen's Academy
  • Domestic/relationship violence
  • Fingerprinting
  • Husky NightWalk
  • ID theft support
  • Lost & found
  • Police Ride-along
  • SafeCampus hotline
  • Sex offender information
  • UW Alert
  • UW WatchDawg
Health Center
Hall Health Primary Care Center
1552 University Ave.
(206) 685-1011 (information), (206) 616-2495 (appointments)
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours nurse consultation line
  • Assessment of chronic conditions
  • Consultation/treatment for sports-related injuries
  • Counseling and therapy for mental health concerns
  • Dermatology
  • Immunization services
  • Online access to health professionals
  • Pediatric care
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Preventive care
  • Recreational scuba diving medical exams
  • STD counseling
  • Study Abroad assessments and physicals
  • Treatment for illness or injury
  • Wellness resource center
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The University has an emergency message system called UW Alert for students, staff, and faculty. E-mails and text messages are sent out to subscribed members with health and/or safety alerts happening on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 159 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 17% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% None
  • 3% Gang violence
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% 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 13 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 158 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 8% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 53% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 158 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 15% Not very visible.
  • 11% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 56% 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 158 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 37% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 17% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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