Health & Safety

Blacksburg, VA
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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Given our school's history, Virginia Tech is an even safer school.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus but when walking around at night I rarely see police, though I know I can call or press one of the "blue light" buttons in an emergency. Though they are not always visible at night I feel confident and comfortable that they could be there if I need them. As far as crime on campus I have been aware of only two events and very rarely worry about it.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I alway feel very safe on campus. There are campus crimes but policies are always there to assist those who need help.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't really see many security guards when I walk around but Virginia Tech seems pretty safe.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is an assured sense of safety on campus


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 148th
    Safest Campuses
  • 832nd
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1380th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Toano, VA
Wildlife Science
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Virginia Tech has certainly not forgotten the events of April 16, 2007. The Hokie community was devastated and shocked that such a tragedy could occur in such a peaceful little town. However, Virginia Tech has always had a very safe campus, and that did not change with the events of that day. If anything, it has served to make the campus an even safer place, as officials responded by heightening campus security measures to ensure students’ safety. The University initiated the VT Alerts system that notifies students almost immediately of emergencies or other important information by several methods, including text messages, e-mails, phone calls, and classroom message boards, and all dorms are now locked 24 hours a day.

The crime rate in Blacksburg is well below the national average, and though a few petty thefts and other small crimes do occur, students feel very safe at Tech. The VT Alerts system is able to notify students quickly if an incident should occur. The Safe Ride program is available to get students safely to their car or dorm after dark. Sidewalks are well lit, emergency phones can be found at almost every corner, and both the VT and Blacksburg Police keep a friendly but watchful eye over campus at all times. The University goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of its students. Students should, of course, be aware of what is going on around them and avoid risky situations, but with a little common sense, there is no need to be concerned about safety at Virginia Tech.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Virginia Tech Police Department
Sterrett Facilities Complex 0523
911 (emergency); (540) 231-6411 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Emergency blue-light phones
  • Escort service
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • Safe Ride
Health Center
Schiffert Health Center
McComas Hall, Washington Street at W. Campus Drive.
(540) 231-6444
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Contraception classes
  • Counseling center
  • Dietitian services
  • Health education services
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary care
  • Radiology
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • The police department in Blacksburg has created the Adopt-A-Hall program for Tech. Through this program, police officers visit dorms and get to know students in a positive way.
  • While various types of crimes do occur in Blacksburg, the crime rate here is below the national average and the average for universities in Virginia.
  • The University recently launched the new VT Alerts system, which lets students receive almost instant notification of campus emergencies through email, classroom message boards, or even text message.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 116 responses

  • 34% None
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 115 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 38% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 116 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 34% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 116 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 42% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 53% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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