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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always felt safe walking around on campus, day or night. However, it is very easy for tourists to get into the dorms.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Harvard has its own Police Department (HUPD) which does a good job.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus and surrounding area feels pretty safe.

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Health & Safety: the health and safety has a significant role on the school life

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Harvard students generally feel safe while roaming the streets of Cambridge, and they have good reason. The Harvard University Police Department and Cambridge Police Department do a commendable job of safeguarding the University's best assets—the students. Students also have access to multiple blue-light security phones on nearly every block, and must swipe into dorms with key cards, preventing burglars from ever endangering students.

However, Cambridge, like all cities, is not completely safe from crime. Students should always keep in mind they are in an urban setting and to be alert, especially when walking alone at night. In the past, Cambridge crime waves have alarmed local citizens, but law enforcement still works to combat the trend with an increased presence. In general, Harvard students rightly feel safe, but prospective students should not be lulled into believing Cambridge and Boston are crime-free.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 2
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 230
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 4
  • Sex Offenses: 15
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
Harvard University Police Department
1033 Massachusetts Ave., Sixth floor
(617) 495-1212 (emergencies) or (617) 495-1215 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Lost and found
  • Motorist assistance
  • Stolen property database
  • Text messaging system
Health Center
Harvard University Health Services
Holyoke Center
(617) 495-5711
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Dental services
  • Mental health
  • Nutrition
  • Peer counseling
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary care
  • Sexual health
  • Vision
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 51 responses

  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 11% None
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Criminal activity near campus
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Walking alone
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 5% Dorm safety
  • 4% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 29 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 51 responses

  • 37% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 51% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 6% Not very visible.
  • 6% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 40% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 53% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 2% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 5% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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