Health & Safety

Location
Bowling Green, KY
Undergrads
14,315
Tuition (in-state)
$22,248 ($8,722)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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College Junior

Health & Safety: I do not live on campus, so I am unaware of the total effect Health and Safety have here.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: THE CAMPUS POLICE ARE THERE AND VERY HELPFUL.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It is fine we have help buttons all around if need we can push if we feel unsafe.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Great, but go off campus for real problems.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: This campus has made safety a priority by lighting almost every major walkway. But as expected, walking alone at night can still be scary because you don't see police or patrol people around on campus.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1042nd
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1315th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

WKU has its own police department, with nearly thirty officers committed to serving and protecting students. The University knows that college campuses have a bad rap for safety, so they do their best to make sure nothing bad happens. Residence halls are monitored at all times, where students need a key to get into a building and an ID to get past the front desk. Guests (even students from other halls) must be checked in. Overall, the whole campus is really well-lit, including the parking lots, and there are many emergency poles located around campus—push a button and the police department will receive a distress call. There are cameras around the buttons, and, in the extreme case of someone chasing a student, security could follow his or her path by the buttons pushed across campus. Western also offers an escort service (for any time of day), an optional text message alert system, as well as a Provide-A-Ride service, which picks up intoxicated students and gives them a free ride home (with their Western ID).

The health center is also a good service. It is not open all night, but when it is open, it's available for anything from emergency care to check-ups, so students don't have to leave campus. Students can call and schedule an appointment, or just walk in. They offer free HIV testing at certain times during the semester and free flu shots, as well.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 10
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 30
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
WKU Police
Beneath parking structure #1 facing Diddle Arena and the football stadium
(270) 745-2548 (non-emergency)
www.wku.edu/police
Safety Services
  • Emergency poles
  • Emergency text message service
  • Escort service
Health Center
WKU Health Services
1681 Normal Dr.
(270) 745-5641
www.wku.edu/healthservices
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Colposcopy
  • Contraceptives
  • Digital X-ray
  • Drug screenings
  • Health counseling
  • Health promotion services
  • Immunizations and vaccines
  • Laboratory
  • Men's health
  • Pharmaceutical dispensary
  • Physicals
  • Prescriptions
  • Primary care
  • Travel clinic
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Yes

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 65 responses

  • 18% Walking alone
  • 12% Theft/robberies
  • 12% None
  • 11% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 64 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 6% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 58% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 69% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 65 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 26% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 20% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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