Health & Safety

Wheaton, IL
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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Wheaton is such a safe school...nothing gets stolen and students don't break the rules. Its a quiet, little town so there isn't much trouble.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public safety gives very frustrating parking tickets at times, but they do an excellent job of keeping students safe. The Health Center offers great services.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It's a very christian college so it draws in a certain type of people making it a very safe place. So safe you can leave a laptop sitting out somewhere and come two hours later and it will either still be sitting there or will be turned in to public safety. Also very clean healthy place.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Everyone keeps their doors unlocked, its that safe

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Wheaton is an extremely safe community, and I have never felt as though I was in danger. Even walking alone at night is not a problem. The campus is surrounded by really nice suburban neighborhoods with a lot of families. There will always be parties at any school if you want to find them, but if you don't look, you won't see them here. The campus is generally quiet and very dry.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Safest Campuses
  • 45th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 972nd
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Debbie Knubley
St. Louis, MO
English Lit with Writing Concentration
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Wheaton College is an exceptionally safe school. Unanimously, Wheaton students maintain a great sense of security while living on campus. Except for the possible campus trespasser reported maybe once a semester, and the occasional bike robbery, students rarely feel threatened. Indeed, most students have no qualms about taking midnight walks around the campus or the town. (This actually gives some students the leeway to be mischievous, taking political campaign signs from front lawns and stealing street signs to hang up in their room. Real criminals, those Wheaton students.) If you would still rather not walk at night, the College has set up a free shuttle service during late hours. Also, you always need an ID card to enter dorm buildings, floors, and rooms. Girls' cards open only girls' floors; boys' cards open only boys' floors. There is always a student night-watch attendant on duty in the dorm lobby. 

The city of Wheaton is a very safe place to begin with, but couple that with a very dedicated staff of Public Safety officers monitoring campus, and you have yourself a hyper-safe situation. Public Safety is notorious for being everywhere—behind the bushes and in the shadows. This, of course, gets very annoying for students trying to get away with parking violations and ending up with a ticket, but it’s commendable for making an authoritative presence known on campus.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 5
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
(630) 752-5911 (emergencies)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour patrol
  • Bike registration program
  • Campus shuttle system
  • Emergency escorts
  • Emergency phones
Health Center
Student Health Services
515 Irving St.
(630) 752-5072
Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Health Services
  • Acute care/illness and injury
  • Allergy shots
  • Extended care unit
  • Immunizations
  • Lab tests
  • Loan items: crutches, canes, heating pads
  • Massages
  • Medications
  • Nutritionist
  • Physicals
  • Referrals
  • Resource materials on health-related topics
  • Self-care center with free over-the-counter medicines
  • Travel clinic
  • Wart treatment
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Here is a story of how on-the-ball the Wheaton City Police are. One night, they received a call from an anonymous girl who was concerned that there was a peeper on top of a building by Fischer Hall. Immediately, several squad cars surrounded the place and officers went on top the building. As they pulled out their guns, they discovered a young Wheaton male praying, not peeping. After taking him into custody, they soon realized their error. Yeah, they take their job pretty seriously.
  • It is agreed upon by Wheaton students that Public Safety officers, the Wheaton school police, are the most annoying part of the Wheaton experience.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 22 responses

  • 75% None
  • 8% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Walking alone
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Excessive drinking
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Non-students on campus
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 71% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 5% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 76% 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 22 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 9% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 91% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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