Health & Safety

Winston Salem, NC
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime is not that big on campus, and incidences are far and few between. You have to go looking for trouble to get into it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never really felt unsafe or in danger on campus.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Winston isn't really the safest place, it's got its fair share of sketchy neighborhoods and people do get assaulted, robbed, etc. On campus there are a few incidents as well, but usually only a few times per year

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health center is really convenient, and the staff is very knowledgeable. Wake also has a great program to prevent sexual assault with self defense classes and organizations like PREPARE.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I haven't had too many run-ins with campus security, but when there are big parties, they're everywhere.


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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 34 responses

  • 20% Theft/robberies
  • 19% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 13% None
  • 9% Drugs
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 1% Walking alone
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 33 responses

  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 12% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 36% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 24% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 15% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 33 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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