College opens up a whole new world of possibilities, so why not make your fantasy of living on the beach come true while you pursue your degree? But just because you’re feeling that beach town vibe doesn’t mean you can throw caution to the wind. It’s still important to check out a school’s safety record before planting your umbrella in their sand.
Dedicated to defying all those spring break rumors and committed to keeping students safe, these four beach colleges put the fun in security fundamentals.
1. Daytona State College
Boasting that the world’s most famous beach is right in their backyard, Daytona State College has everything a beach-loving student could want. Founded in 1957, Daytona State was Florida’s first comprehensive community college and expanded to offering bachelor’s degrees in 2006. Along with their academic growth, the college also expanded student safety services over the years and currently maintains a fully staffed Campus Safety Department. Managing everything from hurricane alerts to a multitude of safety and security awareness programs, Daytona State College Campus Safety has a good record for taking care of its students. It seems you can have it all at Daytona State, from fun in the sun to a safe, worry-free academic experience.
2. Golden West College
Situated in what seems like a Beach Boys song, Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA (“Surf City”) manages to keep academics a top priority no matter how good the waves are. This two-year, open-access college educates more than 10,000 students every semester on its 122-acre campus. Although there are no dormitories, the Golden West College Public Safety Office still takes student safety seriously. Offering 24/7 assistance that includes escorts and help if you’re locked out of your car or need a jump for your battery, the Public Safety Office is always on-call to assist a student, professor or visitor in need.
3. University of Hawaii at Mānoa
What could be better than going to school in paradise? That’s exactly what the students at Hawaii’s flagship campus get to do. University of Hawaii at Mānoa is located on the island of Oahu on 320 acres of lush, tropical beauty. The university’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at Coconut Island is the world’s only coral reef research center, with a marine biology lab built right on a reef. But this leading research university doesn’t let all the natural beauty distract them from making sure their students enjoy a safe academic environment. The Campus Security department provides round-the-clock security for the campus 365 days per year. Providing a combination of crime prevention and personal safety education, UH Mānoa does a fine job of taking care of the more than 20,000 students who are pursuing their educational goals at this beach-lover’s paradise.
4. University of North Carolina Wilmington
One of the top 20 public institutions in the south, according to “U.S. News &World Report,” University of North Carolina, Wilmington offers a charming coastal setting for students to broaden their minds and expand their horizons. And UNCW students can pursue their academic goals with peace of mind thanks to the proactive efforts of the University Police Department. Among the programs sponsored by the Police Department is PAC’N, a crime prevention and community policing initiative centered on officers from the Bike Squad who are specially trained and selected to work with the Office of Housing and Residence Life to define community problems, provide solutions and implement strategies to resolve problems and prevent crime. The department has also joined the Governor’s Highway Safety Initiative with their Buckled and Sober at 25 campaign to reduce impaired driving on campus. The program includes increased enforcement of the campus’ 25 MPH speed limit and DWI checkpoints.
Are you ready to trade in boots for flip flops and head to a beachside college?
Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more