Health & Safety

Richmond, VA
Tuition (in-state)
$23,913 ($9,886)
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are security and police everywhere but they don't intrude on the students unless necessary.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty average, but there is a lot of crime that occurs near campus

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police presence has increased since last year and my personal feeling of safety has increased as well. However, I cannot recall ever hearing about them helping anyone aside from assigning parking tickets.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus because there is always a police presence. We get text message alerts about anything that happens such as a robbery.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The campus crime is not terrible. VCU is located in a city so that does bring on some dangerous situations but that is with any city! I love it here so it makes it worth it for me. It helps to walk in groups and if you can't let someone know where you are.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 38th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1375th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1382nd
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Carrie Lefler
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While living in Richmond, students learn to become more aware of their surroundings, whether they are on campus or somewhere else in the city. VCU works hard to take the necessary precautions to ensure students' safety on campus and around the local area. There are emergency call-box stations with blinking lights, located throughout campus and in parking decks, that connect directly with VCU Police. There is also an on-campus security escort service available daily from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Dorm security may seem like a pain to residents, but it is arguably one of the best dorm security systems in the state. A resident of a dorm must swipe and present his valid VCU ID to be admitted into their dorm. All guests must be signed in and give security a valid photo ID. These strict measures prevent strangers from coming into and leaving dorms as they please. 

IVCU also implements sirens and an emergency text-messaging system. Students and parents are able to register their numbers with the system so that they will receive constant contact through their cell phones during an emergency. The VCU police force is staffed with hourly and full-time personnel in addition to its sworn officers. Campus crimes are not typically major crimes, with vandalism and theft the most prevalent on and around campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 46
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
VCU Police Department
938 W. Grace St.
(804) 828-1234 (emergency) (804) 828-1196 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Building security
  • Escort service
  • Fingerprinting
  • Lost and Found
  • Property checks
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training
Health Center
University Student Health Services
1300 W. Broad St. Suite 2200
(804) 828-8828
Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Health Services
  • ADHD screenings
  • Allergy shots
  • Contraceptives
  • Emergency care
  • Free flu vaccine
  • Immunizations
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medicines
  • Primary care
  • Women's health services
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 134 responses

  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Gang violence
  • 4% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% None
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 133 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 61% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 134 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 7% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 42% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 47% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 134 responses

  • 4% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 41% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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