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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think safety on campus is prioritized. Penn police are everywhere and are really helpful. Student health is great. If you need anything more than student health can provide, there are a lot of great hospitals and doctors right on campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The medical centers are fantastic and very convenient. The safety on campus is rather good, as we have a lot of Penn Police patrolling around. The buildings sometimes are so secure that it can be difficult for even Penn students to get in.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've heard a few stories, but I've never seen anything personally

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: While West Philadelphia turns some people off, the Penn Police are never more than a minute away. Their response times are incredibly fast, and they act with the utmost professionalism and care for the students. The campus blue-light phone and security camera system ensures that all corners of the campus are always within reach to help promote student safety. The Penn Patrol Zone, where Penn Police actively patrol and respond within, goes far past campus in many directions, providing for the utmost safety for students.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are a great many things that could be improved, particularly around mental health

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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 50 responses

  • 27% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 13% Non-students on campus
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 10% None
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 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 48 responses

  • 50% High quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 17% 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 49 responses

  • 65% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 35% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 0% 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 50 responses

  • 40% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 54% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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