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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The college is located in Elizabethtown, PA, which generally doesn't have too many safety concerns. Our campus security take their job way too seriously sometimes and come down really hard on students with alcohol, even those aged 21+.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: If you don't feel comfortable you can call campus security and they will pick you up from your location and take you to your next destination.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel completely safe on campus and off campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Fine never had a problem with it at all ever......

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very safe campus, emergency buttons are almost everywhere. Quiet surrounding neighborhood.


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The campus feels incredibly safe. There are times late at night when walking around alone can be a little scary, but not because there is a perceivable danger. The areas that seem the least safe are the parking lots on the edges of campus. However, the college is surrounded by a residential neighborhood, so often the worst thing is getting spooked by a barking dog. If a student doesn’t want to walk around alone, he or she can have an escort to any building on campus with a quick call to campus security. It is a small campus, and it is patrolled quite frequently. Campus police drive around, and student patrol officers check buildings and serve as escorts. While it’s not common to see campus security standing around during the day, they do make frequent sweeps and have a very quick response time.

Student health care is handled just off campus at Penn State Hershey Medical Group Elizabethtown, where a college health liaison, or a nurse practitioner associated with the college, manages and directs student cases. Etown also provides self-care kits, which contain medicine and information for bee stings, cuts and blisters, colds, and other common ailments. There is also a room in the corner of Thompson Gym called the Well, where students can pick up information.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Campus Security
(717) 361-1264 for non-emergencies; (717) 361-1111 for emergencies
Safety Services
  • Blue light phones - These phones, marked by a bright blue light, provide a direct connection to campus security and are spread throughout the whole campus, including parking lots.
  • Campus escorts - If a student doesn't feel safe walking around on campus, he or she can call campus security and request an escort to any campus destination.
  • Residence hall yellow call boxes - These are used to call a room in that hall or for a direct connection to the Dispatch Center.
  • Student patrol officers (SPOs) - These students help out security by acting as escorts and by securing the dorms at night.
  • Train Transportation - Free transportation is provided by campus security to the local train station and Harrisburg International airport.
Health Center
Penn State Hershey Medical Group Elizabethtown
1 Continental Drive, Elizabethtown
(717) 489-1021
Monday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Flu shots
  • Free consultations
  • Prescription delivery
  • Primary care services
  • STI clinics
  • Urgent care
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Etown offers a Rape Aggression Defense course (RAD). This program teaches women basic information on personal safety, awareness, risk reduction, and avoidance, as well as practical defensive techniques. RAD even offers the opportunity to practice the defensive techniques on a real person during a simulated attack.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 29 responses

  • 30% None
  • 20% Walking alone
  • 9% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 28 responses

  • 7% High quality, very convenient.
  • 39% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 25% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 25% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 36% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 46% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 61% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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