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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Student health is generally helpful, although it can take a while to get an appointment. I do feel safe on campus for the most part

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus environment is very safe. A few neighboring parts of West Philly are unsafe, but this is true in every city.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've always felt safe because Penn Police are everywhere on campus at all hours of the night. It's the other students we should fear, especially as females

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Most of the time, I feel safe on campus. The campus police are always out doing their job at all times of the day. However, because the surrounding area is somewhat unsafe, I still feel like I have to be careful, especially when walking around alone at night. I feel like the atmosphere is more dangerous on weekend nights when many students are out partying and drinking, and not always aware of their surroundings. The campus rape culture is also a pretty big concern and not enough is being done to address it on campus.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Rather safe, and the Penn Police do an excellent job, but the school is still located in a city, so you need to be aware of your surroundings, but I've never felt unsafe walking around campus, even coming home from the library alone at 3am. However, like many other colleges in the country, I think there can be some issues regarding sexual assault at off campus parties, but generally the on campus activities are professional and very safe.

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Students are wary of the traditionally dangerous reputation of West Philadelphia, but most feel very secure walking around campus at any time. Most believe that the campus is in as safe of a neighborhood as a large city can provide and believe that the less than perfect safety record is a small price to pay if you want an urban campus. Students appreciate the strong efforts made by the University administration to improve security in recent years which include a increased police force, technological security innovations, and the use of a Penn ID Card for access into most buildings after-hours.

Penn, being one of only two universities to receive the Clery Award for improvements in safety in 2003, has proven that it is committed to improving the streets of West Philadelphia and making the area safer for students and local residents alike. While crime rates may be significantly lower than a decade ago, there is yet progress to be made to ensure that Penn students enjoy an even more secure learning environment. Hopefully, the school will continue to implement new and improved safety procedures so that every trip home from the library at 4 a.m. be a safe one.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 4
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 38
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 13
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Division of Public Safety
(215) 573-3333 (emergencies); (215) 898-7297 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Blue-light phones
  • Closed circuit television system
  • Electronic crime/emergency alerts
  • Handivan
  • LUCY (Loop through University City)
  • Outdoor siren system for emergencies
  • PennBus
  • Restroom alarms
  • Safer Living seminars
  • Student-run medical emergency response team
  • Walking escorts
Health Center
Student Health Services
Promed building, 3535 Market St.
(215) 746-3535
Health Services
  • Alcohol and other drug abuse services
  • Allergy
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Dental
  • Dermatology
  • Immunizations
  • Medication services
  • Men's health
  • Nutritionists
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Podiatry
  • Primary care
  • Routine physicals
  • Sports medicine
  • STD screenings
  • Surgery
  • Travel clinic
  • Victim support
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
In 2003, the University of Pennsylvania was honored with the "Clery Award for Campus Safety Improvements." This honor recognizes the University's innovative technological programs as well as its outstanding campus police patrols.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 72 responses

  • 24% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% Theft/robberies
  • 12% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 9% None
  • 6% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 51 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 71 responses

  • 65% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 34% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 1% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 89 responses

  • 43% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 51% 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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