Health & Safety

Nashville, TN
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are certain aspects of the campus where I feel really safe, and certain aspects where I do not feel safe at all. For instance, I did not feel safe walking back to my freshman dorm alone after an activity on main campus at night. However, I feel perfectly safe walking up and down streets around campus and through Nashville by myself during the day.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The security is satisfactory and they seem to be accessible. The communication regarding any on campus incident is good.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are instances of violence and robbery in the area surrounding the university.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Usually great, but there are safety concerns with the surrounding Nashville area. Multiple incidents of robbery and assault within the past year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel like this could always improve in some ways.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 297th
    Safest Campuses
  • 851st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 906th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Christopher McDonald
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Vanderbilt is very safe in that there isn’t a great deal of crime in spite of its urban location. However, many students feel that the community is more vulnerable to serious incidents than the often joked about string of indecent exposure offenses.

Truth be told, the main campus is very poorly lit. It would be a challenge for anyone to spot an emergency blue phone while standing at another one—they are too few and far between. This mixed with the general naiveté of the student body is troubling. With the establishment of the Commons on a more remote portion of campus, freshmen in particular are now more than ever prone to long walks alone at night. However, Vanderbilt and its police force are very well equipped to handle any problems—and the statistics back them up. But, it might make more sense and be beneficial if they’d spend more time patrolling the walkways and entrances of campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 12
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 30
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 6
Security Office
Vanderbilt Police Department
2800 Vanderbilt Pl.
(615) 322-2745
Safety Services
  • Alcohol and drug awareness
  • Education programs
  • Emergency phones
  • Motorist assistance
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Vandy Vans shuttle bus program
  • Victim services
  • Walking escort services
Health Center
Zerfoss Student Health Center
Zerfoss Building, 1161 21st Ave. S.
(615) 322-2427
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Saturday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug counseling services
  • Allergy shots
  • Counseling
  • Dermatology
  • General medical services
  • Gynecology care
  • Lab services
  • Nutritionists
  • Routine immunizations
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Vanderbilt Police are actually a division of the Nashville Metro Police; therefore, they are real policemen, unlike the security guards at many other universities.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 39 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 10% None
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 7% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 39% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 29% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 46% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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