Health & Safety

Villanova, PA
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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety is always patrolling campus, whether on foot, bikes or by car. There are many blue boxes all around outside in case of an emergency and they are always willing to walk you back to your dorm if you are out studying until late.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not heard about any incidents of crime since I have been here.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never had a significant safety concern on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is extremely accommodating but their services are sub par.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. We live in a very safe area and the students are generally very respectful of each other. I often leave my laptop or phone lying out in the open on campus and return later to find it always still there. There have been very few instances of theft or violence on campus.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 42nd
    Safest Campuses
  • 757th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Margaret Rigas
Lancaster, PA
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Any student you ask will say he or she feels very secure on campus. With a strong presence by Public Safety and a campus in a safe neighborhood nestled in a quiet suburban area, there is little to worry about. There are hardly ever incidents even worth mentioning, and when they do come up, such as a fight or major theft, Public Safety usually deals with them quickly. Outside of that, the security policies for entering and exiting buildings are fairly lax, although the freshman dorms on South Campus tend to be strict when trying to enter the building after visitation hours. Generally, though, with a quick show of the WildCard, there shouldn’t be any problems. Laptops are the most common things to be stolen, but even this only happens on occasion.

Public Safety does come down heavy on student drinking, and they have been known to ask students to see what’s in duffel bags being carried around at night. For something like that, they are quick to fine you and take the disciplinary action the school requires, but for most other things, they tend not to have such a heavy hand. So, while they are strict on underage drinking, they do keep a safe atmosphere around campus and allow students to be pretty much worry free walking around late at night.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 59
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
(610) 519-4444 (emergencies); (610) 519-6979
Safety Services
  • Campus escorts
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Investigative division
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Ride Along program
  • WildCat Shuttle
Health Center
Student Health Center
Health Services Building, third floor
(610) 519-4070
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical
  • Flu shots and immunizations
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
You are in good hands with VEMS. VEMS is a completely student-run emergency service. Since its start in 1989, VEMS is the only college-run program to have and maintain its very own building. VEMS also received the College EMS Organization of the Year award in 2001.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 51 responses

  • 40% None
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 10% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 7% Dorm safety
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 1% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 51 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 63% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 24% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 25% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 23% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 75% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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