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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It's a relatively safe area but students definitely drink too much. Most nights you will hear/see ambulances coming to EMT passed-out students out of dorms/parties.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I personally have never felt threatened on campus or around our off-campus area. Everyone has to complete a SafeHaven edu online course about alcohol and sexual violence. Our school has many safety services and the emergency buttons everywhere on campus. I think our school has implemented all the correct facilities and if violence were to ever occur, it would be a product of the student body.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at campus

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's been a few reports, but I don't think it's a HUGE problem.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When I first arrived I wasn't sure if it was safe for me to walk across the campus alone, at night, as a girl. I was forced to do it within my first week of living here and had no issues, and have had none since being here. I also haven't heard of any issues on campus safety from any of my friends either.

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Most students report feeling very safe at Santa Clara. Campus Safety patrols campus and its surrounding areas 24/7, and the Santa Clara Police Department is located right across the street, employing more than enough cops to keep the campus safe and secure. Campus Safety has also installed 30 blue-light phones around campus, which students can use to contact Campus Safety any time they feel uncomfortable walking alone. While SCU and its surrounding areas are generally pretty safe, students from other schools have been known to occasionally crash parties and start fights on weekend nights. Because the Santa Clara Police and Campus Safety are known to constantly patrol these areas, such events are usually responded to pretty quickly. The Campus Safety report in the Santa Clara newspaper provides good testimony to the low level of crime around campus. Most crime involves petty theft of bikes, valuables, and electronics, but as long as students are conscious about keeping valuables hidden, doors locked, and bikes secure, they shouldn't have any problems. Many students in the dorms use laptop locks to secure their computers, and heavy duty "U" locks for their bikes. 

In terms of student health, Santa Clara does a lot to ensure the well-being of its students. In addition to a general health center, where students can go for checkups and basic medical procedures, Santa Clara has a Wellness Center, which provides information on a range of topics dealing with health, diet, and physical well-being. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is also a good resource for students coping with homesickness or other personal issues, and it offers each student 10 free visits during their time at Santa Clara. 

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 6
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 2
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Campus Safety
Parking Structure, Room 103
(408) 554-4441
Safety Services
  • 24/7 campus patrols and escort services
  • Crime alerts
  • Crime and incident summary
  • Emergency phones on campus
  • Lost and found
  • Personal safety programs
  • Rape defense classes
  • Security surveys
  • Student-run EMT squad
Health Center
Cowell Student Health Cetner
Cowell Building, Building 701
(408) 554-4501
Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Gynecological services
  • Health insurance
  • Immunizations
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Routine physical examinations
  • Sports medicine
  • TB testing
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Santa Clara has its own entirely student-run EMT squad, available on-call 24/7 to respond to accidents and emergencies.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 74 responses

  • 20% None
  • 18% Excessive drinking
  • 13% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 7% Drugs
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 13 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 73 responses

  • 37% High quality, very convenient.
  • 34% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 10% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 74% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 8% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 3% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 74 responses

  • 70% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 23% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 7% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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