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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There has never been a moment on campus where I have felt unsafe, which includes walking home at 2am from the library and from a party.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The University is constantly implementing new protocols to improve security.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Wake forest is extremely safe around campus

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and I never feel like I am in any danger.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are rarely any issues with safety as the University is on top of everything. Also, the students here really don't cause many issues.


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Wake Forest University itself is considered very safe. The gated campus is closed to the public from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., which certainly deters would-be criminals. There have been isolated incidents on campus, but these have almost exclusively been in desolate parking lots or involved inebriated students. Being aware of your surroundings and using common sense can go a long way in making you as safe as possible. The campus is very well lit, and campus police are helpful.

The Student Health Center is located in Reynolds Gym and offers an array of services including primary care, a pharmacy, and STD/HIV testing. It is certainly a convenient and valuable resource for students. However, with a small staff, the health center can easily get overwhelmed, as can sometimes happen during flu season. Despite this, the staff makes every effort to help students.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 3
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 79
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 4
Security Office
University Police Department
911 (emergencies) 311 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Automobile and bike registration
  • Campus Crime Stoppers
  • Emergency alert system
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Fatal Vision
  • Lost and found
  • Operation ID
  • RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) classes
  • Security Council
  • Silent Witness
  • Victim assistance
  • Wake Forest Emergency Response Team (WFERT)
Health Center
George C. Mackie Health Center
Reynolds Gymnasium, Lower Level
(336) 758-5218
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.
Health Services
  • 24-hour urgent care
  • Acute care for illness and injury
  • Allergy injections
  • Care for chronic illness
  • Day observation
  • Gynecological services
  • Health education
  • HIV and STD testing
  • Immunizations
  • International travel clinic
  • Laboratory testing
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical examinations
  • Preventive health
  • Primary care
  • Psychiatry consultation
  • Referrals to specialists
  • Sports medicine clinic
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Winston-Salem is lucky enough to be home to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, which is one of the premier hospitals in the United States.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 40 responses

  • 18% Theft/robberies
  • 17% None
  • 17% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Drugs
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Unlit pathways
  • 1% Walking alone
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 21 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 40 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 68% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 12% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 2% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 48 responses

  • 58% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 38% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 4% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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