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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus -- no matter what time of day or night. The police are very kind and understanding; they really try to understand the students and any issues they come upon. Cannot comment upon health -- I haven't used the health center, but I've heard disappointing things.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Amherst is a quiet place in general and there's not a lot going on that could harm me.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, and I definitely feel that the AC Police are there to protect students, not punish them. The campus health center, however, I have found generally unhelpful and inconvenient. They have unreasonable hours for serving a student population that is in class during the day (they close for a full hour during lunch and close for the day at 4:30 pm). The process for getting a prescription there is so convoluted and difficult that I've just started getting mine at the CVS in town.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: we hear about things more in the news than from the administration

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus crime is low and the campus is safe to walk around at all times of day. Campus police and ACEMS actively patrol the campus and are always available to help students in need.


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Along with the congeniality of the townsfolk, Amherst College has a certain homey atmosphere that drives away thoughts of crime. An alarming number of students feel comfortable leaving their room doors unlocked. Even still, cases of theft are rare. Both the College and the students are quite aware of maintaining a high level of security. Dorm front doors can only be opened with a personal code that only students and custodians possess. Amherst College campus police patrol regularly during the day and night. Campus police also offer rides back to dorms at night to people who request them. At big parties on campus, fellow students work security and are very serious about their job of keeping things from getting out of hand. Most people will tell you that Amherst is much safer than their hometown, and hardly anyone is afraid to walk alone at night when they’re within the boundaries of the College.

As for the town outside of the College, the main streets are usually heavily populated at night with UMass students and Amherst locals, so it feels safe. This feeling of safety, however, does not expand to the town of Amherst in general, as many students feel timid about walking the many unlit streets that sprawl further and further from the College and into the grasslands. At UMass—a much bigger school—crime is a more pressing problem than at Amherst College. All of this leads people to think of Amherst as a kind of safe haven. Step out of the bubble at your own risk! Just kidding.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 38
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
(413) 542-2111 (emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Dorm talks
  • The Emergency Preparedness plan (
  • Five-Colleges Sexual Assault Prevention and Intervention Committee
  • Operation Identification (permanent marking of personal valuable belongings with your social security number)
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense course)
  • Safe RIDE
  • Security Advisory Committee
  • Student security
Health Center
Keefe Health Center
Monday-Friday, 8:50 a.m.-5:30 p.m., when school is in session.
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 17 responses

  • 25% None
  • 21% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 4% Violence among students
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 11 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 67% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 17% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 78% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 22% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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