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College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe walking about the Princeton campus. Princeton is essentially in a suburban town so there's very little crime that occurs anywhere near campus. The biggest and most prevalent crime seems to be stealing of bikes. So one can walk about in even late hours without being afraid. Public Safety at Princeton is usually around should anything happen. Sexual assault is here like almost every other college and recently, the way students can report this has been in dispute. However on the Street I've never felt particularly threatened in that way. There seem to be a few resources for access in the worst case scenario.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school is pretty safe thanks to the environment of the town.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The school is actively reviewing and attempting to improve its sexual assault policies. Crime is almost non-existent. The campus is isolated and safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our health services are very supportive towards students.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on the campus. The campus police are very nice and easy to get in touch with.

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Princeton has 24-hour campus security. Whether they're breaking up a noisy room party or assisting in medical emergencies, safety officers always pose a strong presence. Because of Princeton's size, most students feel safe enough to walk across campus alone in the middle of the night to the 24-hour WaWa convenience store for a cup of coffee or wrap sandwich after everything else is closed. The most common crime seems to be theft of unattended items, namely laptop computers, bicycles, and jackets. Recently, however, there has been more attention placed on campus sexual violence in the form of date rape thanks to an intensive Take Back the Night program initiated by the Organization for Women Leaders (OWL), a women's issues group founded by several members of Princeton's Class of 2003.

As a town, Princeton is extremely safe. The fact that students feel comfortable walking home from the library rather than constantly worry about how to get from place to place means that students really have time to concentrate on their studies. Some may even lament that the constant presence of Public Safety officers makes it difficult to have too much fun on campus, but the University has made personal safety a top priority, particularly through the installation of a personal I.D. system for getting into dormitories and other major University Buildings.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 7
  • Burglary: 58
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 18
  • Vehicle Theft: 3
Security Office
911 (emergencies) (609) 258-3134 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Assault Prevention Education
  • Bike Lock Program
  • Bike Registration
  • Campus Shuttle Service
  • Emergency Phones
  • Escort Service
  • Laptop Registration
  • Operation ID
  • Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)
Health Center
Monday 8:45 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., Tuesday 10:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wednesday-Friday 8:45 a.m.- 4:45 p.m. Urgent care available daily 24 hours.
Health Services
  • Alcohol and drug counseling
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Athletic Medicine
  • Eating Concerns Counseling,
  • Immunization Services
  • Outpatient and inpatient services
  • Sexual Harassment/Assault Resources and Education Program
  • Sexuality Education Counseling and Health Office (annual exams for women, care for infections and STDs, morning after pills, preconception advising, pregnancy testing and options, HIV and STD testing, discounted contraception)
  • TravelSmart Program Counseling Center (Individual & Group Counseling)
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Did You Know?
  • Historically, Princeton has had the lowest campus crime rate in the Ivy League.
  • Princeton has its own police force that patrols the campus 24 hours a day and is available to pick up students whenever necessary.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 23 responses

  • 39% None
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 10% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 3% Theft/robberies
  • 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 7 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 22 responses

  • 64% High quality, very convenient.
  • 23% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 5% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 27% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% 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 22 responses

  • 91% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 5% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 5% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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