Health & Safety

Walla Walla, WA
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The safety and security seems well handled, but anything can happen anywhere.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security present throughout night and available to walk students home if they request, new security app is great, security posts throughout campus to call for help. There have been a few car break ins and bike thefts lately but if you properly store/lock your items you will have no problem.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is always open (and willing to unjudgmentally help if you've had too much to drink), and the security staff is friendly and helpful.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus no matter what the time it is. Even when I felt a little unsafe we quickly notified campus security and they came and took care of the situation.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As Safe as Can Be. I have walked home from the library at all hours of the night and never felt unsafe at Whitman. For precautionary reasons, Whitman has security staff available late into the night to walk students home if they ever do feel unsafe as well as a blue light system throughout campus. Campus crime is very minimal and the biggest offenders are from the town of Walla Walla and not associated with the college.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 71st
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 151st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 456th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara Rasmussen
Salem, Ore.
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Since the campus is relatively small and everything is within walking distance, Whitman students tend to feel safe because it is easy to get from one place to another rather quickly and the center of campus is generally well lit. Most students do not feel threatened by other students or outside visitors. Students do not often utilize the blue light system and escort services because they are rather unhelpful. Due to security’s limited resources, students find it preferable to walk home alone than wait the 20 minutes for an escort to arrive. However, in recent years, particularly after several on-campus thefts and muggings, the administration and student government have been hard at work to improve security and student safety.

However, campus can, at times, be deceptively safe. Theft does occasionally occur, but most students feel it’s not a huge problem. Students often leave their belongings lying around, such as in the library, where they will set up a study area with their textbooks, laptop, mp3 players and food, only to leave for several hours at a time. They may leave doors wide open, whether to their dorm room or house, and walk alone late at night. Nonetheless, employing a little common sense by being aware of surroundings and sticking in groups while out late keeps the majority of students perfectly safe. Since the community of students is tightly knit, where most people know each other, most students don’t feel endangered in one another’s presence.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 1
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Security
7-911 (emergencies); (509) 527-5777 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Emergency phones
  • Security escorts
Health Center
Welth Center Student Health Services
11 Merriam St.
(509) 527-5281
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Contraception
  • Counseling center
  • Dietician consultations
  • Health education programs
  • HIV/STD testing
  • Infirmary beds
  • Injury care
  • Laboratory
  • Medical equipment
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical exams
  • Physical/massage therapy
  • Referrals
  • Sexual assault exams
  • Transportation to outside health appointments
  • Women's health care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Security Escorts are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "Yellow Jacket" Escorts are provided from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., anywhere within a two-block radius of the campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 12 responses

  • 54% None
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 8% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 8% Walking alone
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Violence among students

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 14 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 12 responses

  • 17% We have campus police?
  • 17% Not very visible.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 58% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 8% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 57% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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