Additional advice GNB would like to share.
One thing the new student will need to do is check with local law. General rule of thumb is that some college doesn't allow guns in their dorms. Some colleges allow empty guns in trunk or case, but not CCW, and the student needs to double check. In some states, using or possession of pepper spray or Taser can be problematic.
Read the housing contract and student code(usually found in catalog). If it is not feasible, might want to consider living in apartments not owned by college.
Also, learning marksmanship as well as defensive shooting training should help. (Parents should help their children learn safety from early on). Guns are exceptional defense tool, but that doesn't mean the student should forego other measures.