Health & Safety

Winston Salem, NC
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus is great, and the student health center is really convenient for when you get mono freshman year or drink too much at go in under amnesty. Immediately off campus, there are a number of break ins that occur in student occupied residences by the local "townies"

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is actually really great here at Wake. There are emergency phones, well lit walkways, and a police force here. Unfortunately, the safety of the surrounding areas is less than desirable. Winston-Salem is much less friendly than Wake, with many of my friends' houses getting robbed, and some of them have even been mugged leaving off campus parties, although this is not very common.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus is a very safe place. It is a little bubble that Winston-Salem locals do not dare to enter. There are cops everywhere on campus, but they do not intrude on students' lives. They are just there to keep crime away. As far as drug concerns, there are some hard drugs on campus. With high tuition comes expensive drug habits.

3 College Sophomore


4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Generally feel very safe on campus! I usually like to be with other people at night, though!


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 355th
    Safest Campuses
  • 873rd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1284th
    Best Student Health Center

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Will Geiger
Brielle, NJ
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Wake Forest University itself is considered very safe. The gated campus is closed to the public from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., which certainly deters would-be criminals. There have been isolated incidents on campus, but these have almost exclusively been in desolate parking lots or involved inebriated students. Being aware of your surroundings and using common sense can go a long way in making you as safe as possible. The campus is very well lit, and campus police are helpful.

The Student Health Center is located in Reynolds Gym and offers an array of services including primary care, a pharmacy, and STD/HIV testing. It is certainly a convenient and valuable resource for students. However, with a small staff, the health center can easily get overwhelmed, as can sometimes happen during flu season. Despite this, the staff makes every effort to help students.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 79
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
University Police Department
911 (emergencies) 311 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Automobile and bike registration
  • Campus Crime Stoppers
  • Emergency alert system
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Fatal Vision
  • Lost and found
  • Operation ID
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) classes
  • Security Council
  • Silent Witness
  • Victim assistance
  • Wake Forest Emergency Response Team (WFERT)
Health Center
George C. Mackie Health Center
Reynolds Gymnasium, Lower Level
(336) 758-5218
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • 24-hour urgent care
  • Acute care for illness and injury
  • Allergy injections
  • Care for chronic illness
  • Day observation
  • Gynecological services
  • Health education
  • HIV and STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • International travel clinic
  • Laboratory testing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical examinations
  • Preventive health
  • Primary care
  • Psychiatry consultation
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Sports medicine clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Winston-Salem is lucky enough to be home to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, which is one of the premier hospitals in the United States.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 30 responses

  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 18% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 11% None
  • 10% Drugs
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Walking alone
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 10% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 10% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 39% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 23% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 52% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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