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Health & Safety


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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are resources for all types of health concerns, including physical, mental, etc.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Police interactions were extremely negative. Health interactions were just OK.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The on-campus culture is very much alert and aware of sexual assault and rape. The part of Evanston Northwestern is in is very safe and surrounded by upscale lakefront real estate. Other parts of Evanston and some north neighborhoods of Chicago are over a mile away and for the most part, students feel safe on campus.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus. There are always people walking around to ensure you are not alone.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety is pretty good, but sexual assault is still an issue

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Most students feel pretty safe walking around campus at night, and NU does a good job of promoting its safety options. There are blue-light phones in various places around campus, CSOs (community service officers) at the entrance of all dorms, SafeRide (a campus car service), and the Northwestern University Police Department can be seen roaming campus at various times of the night. Most safety incidents that occur are in the areas and neighborhoods surrounding campus. When such an event happens, students are notified via an email the details of the time and location of the offense. In addition, Northwestern tests its outdoor voice system the first Tuesday of every month. It may scare you at first, but it’s all for your safety. No matter where you are, it is not a good idea to walk by yourself at night. So whether you are coming back from late-night studying or partying in the wee hours of the morning, make sure your friends know where you are.

When it comes to health, NU does a good job of taking care of its students. Student Health Services takes care of everything from the flu to broken bones. Have prescription medicine? Student Health Services can take care of that, as well. Also, CVS is just a short walk away from South Campus. Northwestern also offers Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), which offers a variety of counseling courses for students who need them.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 134
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 3
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
University Police Department
1819 Hinman Ave.
(847) 491-3456
Safety Services
  • Blotter
  • Blue-light phones
  • Crime alerts
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training
  • SafeRide shuttles
  • Student escort service
Health Center
Northwestern University Health Service (NUHS)
633 Emerson St.
(847) 491-8100
Monday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (urgent care)
Health Services
  • Allergy clinic
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory services
  • Pharmacy
  • Sports medicine
  • STD testing
  • Surgery clinic
  • Travel health
  • Women's health
  • X-rays
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Wait times for SafeRide, a school-provided car service that runs at night, can be found on Twitter: @SafeRideWait.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 63 responses

  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 13% Excessive drinking
  • 11% None
  • 9% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 12 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 62 responses

  • 44% High quality, very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 11% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 38% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 22% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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