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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I'm a dude so I can't comment too thoroughly on the safety aspect but the Health services are decent since they're run through UPMC. It's also pretty good insurance too.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is in an urban area, but it's still pretty safe. That being said, don't walk around at 3am alone. The neighborhood is safe if you're smart, duh. I've walked alone later at night and i have been fine, but i prefer to walk with others. Like most universities, they have the blue light system and have campus escorts if you don't feel safe walking home at night. I have never used either.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: i haven't heard of any sexual assaults

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not felt unsafe on campus at all.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The city-like atmosphere of the campus does have a lot of outside factors other than Pitt students. Try not to walk alone at night, but there is always enough people out at night that it would be okay to do so. The police are always patrolling the area.


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Common sense is key when talking about urban campus security. Many students feel that as long as you're not asking for trouble, you won't have any problems at Pitt. The campus is always well lit and because of the urban location, there are people out on the streets at every hour. Oakland is regularly patrolled by both city and campus police, and calls are responded to quickly. This is especially true at night and on the weekends. Dorm security is especially tight. Residence halls are guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You cannot be admitted into a dorm without having your ID swiped by security or unless you have a resident sign you into the dorm, which you need to still have a form of ID to be admitted.

Break-ins and petty theft tend to be the biggest securityissues at Pitt. Theft isn't uncommon in both on-campus buildings and nearby apartments. Just use common sense. It's best not to leave your stuff unattended and always remember to lock your doors. South Oakland, where many students live when they move out of the dorms, isn't the best of locations. Even here, though, the police presence tends to deter any serious crime. Other nearby neighborhoods pose little threat, with the possible exception of the Hill District (which begins at the northern end of campus), but there isn’t really anything there to draw students. Overall, students feel the same sense of security at Pitt that most only find in smaller, rural schools. As long as you're careful, it's easy to spend four years in Oakland and not have any problems.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 34
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 7
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Police Department
3412 Forbes Ave.
(412) 624-2121; 811 (on campus)
Safety Services
  • Blue-light phones
  • Campus shuttles
  • Crime notices
  • Crime watch programs
  • Crowd control
  • Defense classes
  • Emergency notification
  • Engraving
  • Event security
  • Patrol services
  • Rape aggression defense (RAD)
  • Residence hall security
  • Safety seminars
  • Van call (Saferider)
Health Center
Student Health Service
Medical Arts Building, Suite 500 3708 Fifth Ave.
(412) 383-1800
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Health Services
  • General medicine
  • Health education programs
  • Lab work
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Orthopedics
  • Pharmacy
  • Women's health/gynecology
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The University of Pittsburgh has the third largest police force in Allegheny County, with 74 police officers who are commissioned and certified in the same way as city or municipal police.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 166 responses

  • 19% Walking alone
  • 14% None
  • 14% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 4% Drugs
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Dorm safety
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 166 responses

  • 52% High quality, very convenient.
  • 20% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 11% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 166 responses

  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 65% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 10% 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 166 responses

  • 31% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 52% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 16% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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