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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: As far as I know there where no issues in this area during my time here.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. I have never felt scared to walk alone at night or ant other time of the day.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I really trust the public safety officers. My roommate freshman year was sexually assaulted and we wanted her to tell someone but she decided not to. Otherwise I feel completely safe in the town of Villanova and on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I really have never felt unsafe on campus, in terms of any outside criminal activity and/or sexual assault. I really have not heard of much sexual assault cases, only 2 and they were not friends of mine. I'm sure it happens around campus just as any other college but I feel it happens less in Villanova.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Arming of public safety will increase protection. I never feel unsafe on campus.


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Any student you ask will say he or she feels very secure on campus. With a strong presence by Public Safety and a campus in a safe neighborhood nestled in a quiet suburban area, there is little to worry about. There are hardly ever incidents even worth mentioning, and when they do come up, such as a fight or major theft, Public Safety usually deals with them quickly. Outside of that, the security policies for entering and exiting buildings are fairly lax, although the freshman dorms on South Campus tend to be strict when trying to enter the building after visitation hours. Generally, though, with a quick show of the WildCard, there shouldn’t be any problems. Laptops are the most common things to be stolen, but even this only happens on occasion.

Public Safety does come down heavy on student drinking, and they have been known to ask students to see what’s in duffel bags being carried around at night. For something like that, they are quick to fine you and take the disciplinary action the school requires, but for most other things, they tend not to have such a heavy hand. So, while they are strict on underage drinking, they do keep a safe atmosphere around campus and allow students to be pretty much worry free walking around late at night.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 59
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 2
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
(610) 519-4444 (emergencies); (610) 519-6979
Safety Services
  • Campus escorts
  • Crime prevention programs
  • Investigative division
  • Rape Aggression Defense
  • Ride Along program
  • WildCat Shuttle
Health Center
Student Health Center
Health Services Building, third floor
(610) 519-4070
Daily 24 hours
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical
  • Flu shots and immunizations
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
You are in good hands with VEMS. VEMS is a completely student-run emergency service. Since its start in 1989, VEMS is the only college-run program to have and maintain its very own building. VEMS also received the College EMS Organization of the Year award in 2001.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 79 responses

  • 30% None
  • 11% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Walking alone
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Dorm safety
  • 5% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Drugs
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% 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 56 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 78 responses

  • 23% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% 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 100 responses

  • 74% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 25% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 1% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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