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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There doesn't seem to be a lot of campus crime but there are emergency call spots all over campus in case you're ever in trouble. Also, there are public safety general and emergency lines that are available and someone will come get you if you feel unsafe or even if you just need someone to walk you home. There are usually security people and cops all over campus especially at night just to make sure everything is okay, and the front desks of dorms are trained security guards at night.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are emergency buttons across campus to alert Drexel police if something happens

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Never had a problem with campus security and always get the quickest alerts on phone and email.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety sometimes is an issue with being located next to Mantua and Powelton Village. Generally feel safe when walking on campus but rarely leave my dorm building at night.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is a lot of effort put into making the campus look safe, but in my experience the campus security varies greatly in their competency. Some are good, others are a bit clueless. The claim their response time is 30 seconds, but sometimes it takes them 30 minutes to send someone to walk you home at night when your dorm is only four blocks away and the security office is two.

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Certainly, there is crime in the area, as West Philadelphia is within walking distance. But frankly, between Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania, there is plenty of security to go around. Throughout University City, you will see Drexel security officers, Philadelphia police, University of Pennsylvania police, and emergency posts—don't forget the bike cops. It should also be noted that if a student is ever frightened of walking alone, a free escort service can be utilized by calling Drexel security. Also, the Drexel shuttle travels between Center City and Main Campus until 11 p.m., which is super convenient for students if they prefer to not take SEPTA at night. Of course, a certain degree of "street smarts" is recommended. Realistically, you'll be fine if you stay away from unfamiliar areas, avoid traveling alone (especially at night), and don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself.

While security is of the utmost importance, health is right up there next to it. Most students will agree that the Student Health Center is more than satisfactory. A wide variety of services is offered to students, mostly due to the high population of international students. That being said, the hours of the clinic vary by day, so it's wildly important to check beforehand, as it opens and closes throughout the day. In addition, they've added an appointment-based system versus simply walking in. They're usually quite accommodating—just be sure to call ahead.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 41
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Drexel University Police Department
3219 Arch St.
(215) 895-2222 (emergencies); (215) 895-2822 (non-emergencies)
drexel.edu/publicsafety
Safety Services
  • 24-hour foot and vehicle patrol
  • Crime prevention classes
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Escorts
  • Shuttles
Health Center
Drexel Student Health Center
3201 Arch St., Suite 240
(215) 895-5800
www.drexel.edu/studentlife/support_health_services/support_health_services_student_health_center
Monday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Tuesday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Thursday 10:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Free condoms
  • Physical exams
  • Refills of ADHD medication
  • Sick visits
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Travel and routine immunizations
  • Tuberculosis screening
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
No
Did You Know?
There are two world-class hospitals immediately surrounding campus: the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. If you have insurance (other than Drexel's), you can see doctors at these hospitals. You can also go to their emergency rooms with or without insurance.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 146 responses

  • 21% Criminal activity near campus
  • 19% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 8% None
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Drugs
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 89 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 145 responses

  • 42% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 174 responses

  • 29% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 3% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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