Safest Colleges in America – 2022

Last Updated on January 7, 2022

College years can be the most magical time in one’s life. From parties, falling in love, and changing majors to the experience of stress and pressure that ensures friends for life, celebrating successes, and learning from failures – having a safe environment to do this is of the utmost importance.

And for parents sending their children off to college, safety is usually a top concern. It is often the first time that their kids are on their own, living independently outside of the home. Choosing a school with a solid reputation for security and low potential for dangerous threats allows moms and dads to breathe easier once their kids ship off to earn a higher education.

​With this thought in mind, we compiled our list of the Safest Colleges in America.

Due to the many different variables in play such as campus size, location, and culture, coming up with an accurate and fair ranking is a challenge. Some might say that campuses that rank high on a safety list have better PR in place instead of actually being safer. While these are valid concerns (and we certainly advise students and their parents to visit the colleges to see and feel the campuses for themselves), we do believe that we have been able to rank fairly and objectively. Not only have we taken data submitted to the FBI, we have also reviewed this data relative to the surrounding area of the campus. We have not taken any publications by the respective college into consideration for our list thus refuting the PR argument.

1. Lincoln Memorial University


Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee takes a broad range of measures to ensure campus safety. They’re campus police and security team offer services including:

  • Patrols
  • Door locks and unlocks
  • After hours escort service
  • Camera monitoring
  • Dispatching for both emergency and non-emergency situations

Students can also call an anonymous tip line to report to the campus police. Apart from submitting crime reports to the FBI, they have an annual security report and conduct Sex Offender Registry searches.

2. South Georgia State College


To enhance safety, South Georgia State College has developed the Live Safe security app which provides an easy way of communicating campus safety issues. It includes features that promote safety and awareness on Campus. ​From the app, students may directly contact the campus police with text, video, photo, or audio. The Go Safe feature gives access to safe walks and security escorts on campus. ​Through the app, students also get access to alerts and a range of resources improving security.

3. Elon University


Security staff of Elon University live by a set of principles that ensure the campus is safe and enjoyable for all who live, work, and study there:

  • ​All people should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Officers must strive to earn the community’s trust by the manner in which they conduct themselves.
  • The life, human rights, and property of all people must be protected.
  • An open exchange of information and ideas benefits both our department and the University community.
  • Elon University and each member of the department must support the mission for it to be accomplished.
  • Our department should strive to be progressive, receptive and innovative in the performance of our duties.

4. Jackson State Community College


The website of Jackson State Community College contains numerous resources on safety and security including annual reports from the past four years. One may also find reading material about:

  • Emergency Management Guidelines
  • Personal Safety
  • Domestic Violence Information
  • Possession and Use of Weapons

5. John Wood Community College


John Wood Community College is a small campus located in Quincy, Illinois. It is a two-year, open admissions college, ranking as one of the safest in the country. The college has a 100% acceptance rate and 50% graduation rate. Of all the graduates, 87% are employed within two years of graduation.

Complete list of the safest colleges in America

This is the complete ranking of the 490 colleges that were included in our research into the safest college campuses in the U.S.

RankRow LabelsCityState
1Lincoln Memorial UniversityHarrogateTennessee
2South Georgia State CollegeDouglasGeorgia
3Elon UniversityElonNorth Carolina
4Jackson State Community CollegeJacksonTennessee
5John Wood Community CollegeQuincyIllinois
6Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanokeVirginia
7Roane State Community CollegeHarrimanTennessee
8Elgin Community CollegeElginIllinois
9University of Tennessee Health Science CenterMemphisTennessee
10Albany State UniversityAlbanyGeorgia
11Mount Holyoke CollegeSouth HadleyMassachusetts
12Southern University and A&M CollegeShreveportLouisiana
13Rogers State UniversityClaremoreOklahoma
14Jefferson CollegeHillsboroMissouri
15Laredo Community CollegeLaredoTexas
16Dalton State CollegeDaltonGeorgia
17Walters State Community CollegeMorristownTennessee
18Chattanooga State Community CollegeChattanoogaTennessee
19College of Coastal GeorgiaBrunswickGeorgia
20Florida SouthWestern State CollegeFort MyersFlorida
21Mid-America Christian UniversityOklahoma CityOklahoma
22Alvin Community CollegeAlvinTexas
23Joliet Junior CollegeJolietIllinois
24University of MarylandBaltimore CityMaryland
25Chattahoochee Technical CollegeMariettaGeorgia
26University of North GeorgiaDahlonegaGeorgia
27El Paso Community CollegeEl PasoTexas
28Monmouth UniversityWest Long BranchNew Jersey
29Middle Georgia State UniversityMaconGeorgia
30Northeast State Community CollegeBlountvilleTennessee
31Mansfield UniversityMansfieldPennsylvania
32Hampton UniversityHamptonVirginia
33University of TexasPermian BasinTexas
34Delgado Community CollegeNew OrleansLouisiana
35Mineral Area CollegePark HillsMissouri
36Allan Hancock CollegeSanta MariaCalifornia
37Northeastern State UniversityTahlequahOklahoma
38Massachusetts College of Liberal ArtsNorth AdamsMassachusetts
39Arapahoe Community CollegeLittletonColorado
40Southwest Tennessee Community CollegeMemphisTennessee
41Cuesta CollegeSan Luis ObispoCalifornia
42Eastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkVirginia
43Fort Valley State UniversityFort ValleyGeorgia
44J. Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRichmondVirginia
45University of South CarolinaBeaufortSouth Carolina
46Tennessee State UniversityNashvilleTennessee
47Lincoln Land Community CollegeSpringfieldIllinois
48Mount Wachusett Community CollegeGardnerMassachusetts
49Middlesex County CollegeEdisonNew Jersey
50Santa Fe CollegeGainesvilleFlorida
51Shepherd UniversityShepherdstownWest Virginia
52St. Charles Community CollegeCottlevilleMissouri
53Metropolitan Community CollegeKansas CityMissouri
54Oakland Community CollegeBloomfield HillsMichigan
55Pennsylvania State UniversityBerksPennsylvania
56Spelman CollegeAtlantaGeorgia
57Pennsylvania State UniversityHarrisburgPennsylvania
58Lehigh UniversityBethlehemPennsylvania
59Longwood UniversityFarmvilleVirginia
60University of PittsburghGreensburgPennsylvania
61Becker CollegeWorcesterMassachusetts
62University of Virginia’s College at WiseWiseVirginia
63Cameron UniversityLawtonOklahoma
64Lakeland Community CollegeKirtlandOhio
65Lewis UniversityRomeovilleIllinois
66Rutgers UniversityCamdenNew Jersey
67Christian Brothers UniversityMemphisTennessee
68Stonehill CollegeEastonMassachusetts
69Northern Virginia Community CollegeSpringfieldVirginia
70Stephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesTexas
71College of the Holy CrossWorcesterMassachusetts
72Stockton UniversityGalloway TownshipNew Jersey
73University of BaltimoreBaltimoreMaryland
74Tulsa Community CollegeTulsaOklahoma
75Foothill-De Anza CollegeLos Altos HillsCalifornia
76Kirtland Community CollegeRoscommonMichigan
77Paris Junior CollegeParisTexas
78Southern Crescent Technical CollegeGriffinGeorgia
79Cleveland State Community CollegeClevelandTennessee
80Arkansas State UniversityBeebeArkansas
81Emory and Henry CollegeEmoryVirginia
82Texas Woman’s UniversityDentonTexas
83PennState ScrantonDunmorePennsylvania
84Texas A&M International UniversityLaredoTexas
85Frostburg State UniversityFrostburgMaryland
86Georgia State UniversityAtlantaGeorgia
87Springfield CollegeSpringfieldMassachusetts
88University of MichiganDearbornMichigan
89Macomb Community CollegeWarrenMichigan
90Brookdale Community CollegeMiddletownNew Jersey
91Meredith CollegeRaleighNorth Carolina
92California State UniversitySan MarcosCalifornia
93Bridgewater CollegeBridgewaterVirginia
94University of TexasTylerTexas
95Massasoit Community CollegeBrocktonMassachusetts
96Assumption CollegeWorcesterMassachusetts
97University of PittsburghPittsburghPennsylvania
98Fitchburg State UniversityFitchburgMassachusetts
99University of PittsburghBradfordPennsylvania
100Essex County CollegeNewarkNew Jersey
101University of North CarolinaAshevilleNorth Carolina
102Amarillo CollegeAmarilloTexas
103Southern Illinois UniversityEdwardsvilleIllinois
104Coppin State UniversityBaltimoreMaryland
105Kansas City Kansas Community CollegeKansas CityKansas
106William Paterson UniversityWayneNew Jersey
107Oklahoma City Community CollegeOklahoma CityOklahoma
108Volunteer State Community CollegeGallatinTennessee
109University of TexasRio Grande ValleyTexas
110Dillard UniversityNew OrleansLouisiana
111University of TexasArlingtonTexas
112University of Southern MainePortlandMaine
113New Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkNew Jersey
114Midlands Technical CollegeWest ColumbiaSouth Carolina
115Kellogg Community CollegeBattle CreekMichigan
116Schoolcraft CollegeLivoniaMichigan
117Augusta Technical CollegeAugustaGeorgia
118University of South Florida – St. PetersburgSt. PetersburgFlorida
119Fayetteville State UniversityFayettevilleNorth Carolina
120Illinois Central CollegeEast PeoriaIllinois
121Millersville UniversityMillersvillePennsylvania
122Western New England UniversitySpringfieldMassachusetts
123Southern Connecticut State UniversityNew HavenConnecticut
124Brown UniversityProvidenceRhode Island
125Chicago State UniversityChicagoIllinois
126Pikes Peak Community CollegeColorado SpringsColorado
127University of MinnesotaMorrisMinnesota
128Utah State UniversityLoganUtah
129The CitadelCharlestonSouth Carolina
130University of West FloridaPensacolaFlorida
131University of Texas Southwestern Medical SchoolDallasTexas
132College of the MainlandTexas CityTexas
133Springfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldMassachusetts
134Rutgers UniversityNewarkNew Jersey
135Pennsylvania State UniversityBehrendPennsylvania
136West Chester UniversityWest ChesterPennsylvania
137University of IllinoisSpringfieldIllinois
138Kennesaw State UniversityKennesawGeorgia
139Alamo Colleges DistrictSan AntonioTexas
140Irvine Valley CollegeIrvineCalifornia
141Seminole State CollegeSeminoleOklahoma
142Central Arizona CollegeCoolidgeArizona
143Bloomsburg UniversityBloomsburgPennsylvania
144Stevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenNew Jersey
145Young Harris CollegeYoung HarrisGeorgia
146Central Connecticut State UniversityNew BritainConnecticut
147Washington UniversitySt. LouisMissouri
148Medical University of South CarolinaCharlestonSouth Carolina
149Pima Community CollegeTucsonArizona
150Eastern Connecticut State UniversityWindhamConnecticut
151Elizabeth City State UniversityElizabeth CityNorth Carolina
152Prince George’s County Community CollegeLargoMaryland
153St. Thomas UniversityHoustonTexas
154Pellissippi State Community CollegeKnoxvilleTennessee
155Clarion UniversityClarionPennsylvania
156Towson UniversityTowsonMaryland
157Wellesley CollegeWellesleyMassachusetts
158WahpetonLittle RockArkansas
159Vanderbilt UniversityNashvilleTennessee
160Babson CollegeWellesleyMassachusetts
161California State UniversityChannel IslandsCalifornia
162Massachusetts College of ArtBostonMassachusetts
163University of MichiganFlintMichigan
164Delta CollegeUniversity CenterMichigan
165Montclair State UniversityMontclairNew Jersey
166University of ColoradoDenverColorado
167Francis Marion UniversityFlorenceSouth Carolina
168Brandeis UniversityWalthamMassachusetts
169University of WisconsinGreen BayWisconsin
170Parkland CollegeChampaignIllinois
171Oakland UniversityRochesterMichigan
172Bowie State UniversityBowieMaryland
173University of MissouriKansas CityMissouri
174Red Rocks Community CollegeLakewoodColorado
175Houston Community CollegeHoustonTexas
176Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityWeatherfordOklahoma
177Dean CollegeFranklinMassachusetts
178Shippensburg UniversityShippensburgPennsylvania
179Georgia College and State UniversityMilledgevilleGeorgia
180Sinclair Community CollegeDaytonOhio
181Lock Haven UniversityLock HavenPennsylvania
182Morehead State UniversityMoreheadKentucky
183Northwestern Oklahoma State UniversityAlvaOklahoma
184Appalachian State UniversityBooneNorth Carolina
185Texas Christian UniversityFort WorthTexas
186California UniversityCaliforniaPennsylvania
187Armstrong State UniversitySavannahGeorgia
188Westfield State UniversityWestfieldMassachusetts
189Richard Bland CollegePetersburgVirginia
190East Georgia CollegeSwainsboroGeorgia
191California State UniversityDominguez HillsCalifornia
192Coahoma Community CollegeClarksdaleMississippi
193University of MarylandBaltimore CountyMaryland
194Bentley UniversityWalthamMassachusetts
195Rowan UniversityGlassboroNew Jersey
196Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboroGeorgia
197Gordon State CollegeBarnesvilleGeorgia
198College of CharlestonCharlestonSouth Carolina
199Salem State UniversitySalemMassachusetts
200East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleNorth Carolina
201Florida A&M UniversityTallahasseeFlorida
202College of Southern NevadaLas VegasNevada
203Slippery Rock UniversitySlippery RockPennsylvania
204Emporia State UniversityEmporiaKansas
205Columbus State UniversityColumbusGeorgia
206West Valley-Mission CollegeSaratogaCalifornia
207University of North FloridaJacksonvilleFlorida
208St. Louis Community CollegeMeramecMissouri
209Western Connecticut State UniversityDanburyConnecticut
210Wichita State UniversityWichitaKansas
211Millikin UniversityDecaturIllinois
212California State UniversityMonterey BayCalifornia
213Hagerstown Community CollegeHagerstownMaryland
214Santa Rosa Junior CollegeSanta RosaCalifornia
215Pennsylvania State UniversityBrandywinePennsylvania
216Virginia State UniversityPetersburgVirginia
217Moravian CollegeBethlehemPennsylvania
218Austin Peay State UniversityClarksvilleTennessee
219University of CaliforniaMercedCalifornia
220Methodist UniversityFayettevilleNorth Carolina
221University of WisconsinMadisonWisconsin
222Bridgewater State UniversityBridgewaterMassachusetts
223Ithaca CollegeIthacaNew York
224University of MissouriSt. LouisMissouri
225Virginia Military InstituteLexington CityVirginia
226University of ArkansasLittle RockArkansas
227Central Texas CollegeKilleenTexas
228Abraham Baldwin Agricultural CollegeTiftonGeorgia
229Coastal Carolina UniversityConwaySouth Carolina
230Clark UniversityWorcesterMassachusetts
231University of North CarolinaChapel HillNorth Carolina
232Central Michigan UniversityMount PleasantMichigan
233Salisbury UniversitySalisburyMaryland
234San Jose/Evergreen Community CollegeSan JoseCalifornia
235Eastern Washington UniversityCheneyWashington
236Greenville Technical CollegeGreenvilleSouth Carolina
237Kean UniversityUnionNew Jersey
238Tulane UniversityNew OrleansLouisiana
239Winthrop UniversityRock HillSouth Carolina
240University of DelawareNewarkDelaware
241University of Mary WashingtonFredericksburgVirginia
242University of Central OklahomaEdmondOklahoma
243Morgan State UniversityBaltimoreMaryland
244Angelo State UniversitySan AngeloTexas
245Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleIllinois
246George Mason UniversityFairfaxVirginia
247Wentworth Institute of TechnologyBostonMassachusetts
248University of PittsburghJohnstownPennsylvania
249Georgia Gwinnett CollegeLawrencevilleGeorgia
250University of Arkansas Community CollegeMorriltonArkansas
251Southern Arkansas UniversityMagnoliaArkansas
252Radford UniversityRadfordVirginia
253University of Rhode IslandSouth KingstownRhode Island
254University of ColoradoColorado SpringsColorado
255Mercer UniversityMaconGeorgia
256Weber State UniversityOgdenUtah
257University of LouisianaMonroeLouisiana
258University of Central FloridaOrlandoFlorida
259Otterbein UniversityWestervilleOhio
260West Texas A&M UniversityCanyonTexas
261Yale UniversityNew HavenConnecticut
262Nicholls State UniversityThibodauxLouisiana
263El Camino CollegeTorranceCalifornia
264University of Oklahoma Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityOklahoma
265Tallahassee Community CollegeTallahasseeFlorida
266Northeastern UniversityBostonMassachusetts
267University of MarylandCollege ParkMaryland
268University of West GeorgiaCarrolltonGeorgia
269University of TexasEl PasoTexas
270Ferrum CollegeFerrumVirginia
271University of FloridaGainesvilleFlorida
272Georgia Southwestern State UniversityAmericusGeorgia
273California State UniversityStanislausCalifornia
274Indiana UniversityIndianaPennsylvania
275University of WisconsinMilwaukeeWisconsin
276Norfolk State UniversityNorfolkVirginia
277University of North CarolinaGreensboroNorth Carolina
278Duke UniversityDurhamNorth Carolina
279University of TennesseeKnoxvilleTennessee
280University of TexasDallasTexas
281The College of New JerseyEwing TownshipNew Jersey
282Merrimack CollegeAndoverMassachusetts
283Bunker Hill Community CollegeBostonMassachusetts
284University of North CarolinaCharlotteNorth Carolina
285University of South CarolinaUpstateSouth Carolina
286University of RichmondRichmondVirginia
287Princeton UniversityPrincetonNew Jersey
288University of WisconsinParksideWisconsin
289East Tennessee State UniversityJohnson CityTennessee
290Riverside Community CollegeRiversideCalifornia
291Worcester Polytechnic InstituteWorcesterMassachusetts
292Kansas State UniversityManhattanKansas
293Illinois State UniversityNormalIllinois
294University of Central MissouriWarrensburgMissouri
295Emerson CollegeBostonMassachusetts
296West Georgia Technical CollegeLaGrangeGeorgia
297North Carolina Central UniversityDurhamNorth Carolina
298Kalamazoo Valley Community CollegeKalamazooMichigan
299Louisiana State UniversityShreveportLouisiana
300Ferris State UniversityBig RapidsMichigan
301Delaware State UniversityDoverDelaware
302James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgVirginia
303South Carolina State UniversityOrangeburgSouth Carolina
304Arkansas State UniversityJonesboroArkansas
305Oklahoma City UniversityOklahoma CityOklahoma
306Edinboro UniversityEdinboroPennsylvania
307Northern Michigan UniversityMarquetteMichigan
308Jackson State UniversityJacksonMississippi
309Rutgers UniversityNew BrunswickNew Jersey
310University of AlabamaBirminghamAlabama
311North Dakota State College of ScienceWahpetonNorth Dakota
312East Central UniversityAdaOklahoma
313Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersFlorida
314Kutztown UniversityKutztownPennsylvania
315University of North TexasDentonTexas
316Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonFlorida
317Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGeorgia
318Augusta UniversityAugustaGeorgia
319Christopher Newport UniversityNewport NewsVirginia
320University of MemphisMemphisTennessee
321University of AlabamaTuscaloosaAlabama
322Southern University and A&M CollegeBaton RougeLouisiana
323University of VermontBurlingtonVermont
324University of WisconsinOshkoshWisconsin
325Marin Community CollegeKentfieldCalifornia
326Evergreen State CollegeOlympiaWashington
327University of GeorgiaAthensGeorgia
328Lansing Community CollegeLansingMichigan
329University of ArkansasPine BluffArkansas
330Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland HeightsKentucky
331Winston-Salem State UniversityWinston-SalemNorth Carolina
332Missouri Western State UniversitySaint JosephMissouri
333Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburgVirginia
334South Dakota State UniversityBrookingsSouth Dakota
335Amherst CollegeAmherstMassachusetts
336Washburn UniversityTopekaKansas
337Southern Utah UniversityCedar CityUtah
338Pensacola State CollegePensacolaFlorida
339University of MarylandEastern ShoreMaryland
340Capital UniversityColumbusOhio
341Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonvilleAlabama
342Florida International UniversityMiamiFlorida
343Dickinson CollegeCarlislePennsylvania
344Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenKentucky
345Berry CollegeRomeGeorgia
346California State UniversityLos AngelesCalifornia
347University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoCalifornia
348Northwest Missouri State UniversityMaryvilleMissouri
349Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityDurantOklahoma
350Adams State UniversityAlamosaColorado
351Colorado School of MinesGoldenColorado
352Southern Methodist UniversityDallasTexas
353University of IllinoisUrbanaIllinois
354University of WisconsinWhitewaterWisconsin
355California State UniversityBakersfieldCalifornia
356University of UtahSalt Lake CityUtah
357University of WisconsinPlattevilleWisconsin
358Pennsylvania State UniversityAltoonaPennsylvania
359University of TennesseeMartinTennessee
360Prairie View A&M UniversityPrairie ViewTexas
361Washington State UniversityPullmanWashington
362Brigham Young UniversityProvoUtah
363Eastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiMichigan
364University of WisconsinLa CrosseWisconsin
365Humboldt State UniversityArcataCalifornia
366Tennessee Technological UniversityCookevilleTennessee
367University of WisconsinSuperiorWisconsin
368San Francisco State UniversitySan FranciscoCalifornia
369Henderson State UniversityArkadelphiaArkansas
370Fort Lewis CollegeDurangoColorado
371East Stroudsburg UniversityEast StroudsburgPennsylvania
372North Carolina State UniversityRaleighNorth Carolina
373University of WyomingLaramieWyoming
374Cornell UniversityIthacaNew York
375Louisiana Tech UniversityRustonLouisiana
376Marshall UniversityHuntingtonWest Virginia
377Northeast Mississippi Community CollegeBoonevilleMississippi
378West Virginia UniversityMorgantownWest Virginia
379Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougeLouisiana
380Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeMassachusetts
381University of MissouriColumbiaMissouri
382University of South Florida – TampaTampaFlorida
383University of OklahomaNormanOklahoma
384Truman State UniversityKirksvilleMissouri
385Southeast Missouri State UniversityCape GirardeauMissouri
386Harvard UniversityCambridgeMassachusetts
387California State Polytechnic UniversityPomonaCalifornia
388California State UniversityEast BayCalifornia
389San Bernardino Community CollegeSan BernardinoCalifornia
390Grand Rapids Community CollegeGrand RapidsMichigan
391Ventura County Community College DistrictCamarilloCalifornia
392University of AlaskaAnchorageAlaska
393Rice UniversityHoustonTexas
394California State Polytechnic UniversitySan Luis ObispoCalifornia
395California State UniversitySan BernardinoCalifornia
396Valdosta State UniversityValdostaGeorgia
397University of NevadaRenoNevada
398California State UniversityFullertonCalifornia
399Lincoln UniversityJefferson CityMissouri
400Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondVirginia
401University of MaineOronoMaine
402Langston UniversityLangstonOklahoma
403University of New HampshireDurhamNew Hampshire
404Miami UniversityOxfordOhio
405University of AkronAkronOhio
406University of MinnesotaDuluthMinnesota
407Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooMichigan
408California State UniversityLong BeachCalifornia
409Montana State UniversityBozemanMontana
410University of ArkansasFayettevilleArkansas
411Murray State UniversityMurrayKentucky
412Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleMississippi
413Sonoma State UniversityRohnert ParkCalifornia
414Presbyterian CollegeClintonSouth Carolina
415Utah Valley UniversityOremUtah
416Oklahoma State University – Main CampusStillwaterOklahoma
417University of Northern IowaCedar FallsIowa
418University of New OrleansNew OrleansLouisiana
419Abilene Christian UniversityAbileneTexas
420University of WisconsinStevens PointWisconsin
421North Dakota State UniversityFargoNorth Dakota
422Grambling State UniversityGramblingLouisiana
423University of ToledoToledoOhio
424California State UniversitySan JoseCalifornia
425University of South AlabamaMobileAlabama
426Austin CollegeShermanTexas
427Arkansas Tech UniversityRussellvilleArkansas
428University of North CarolinaWilmingtonNorth Carolina
429Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkVirginia
430Iowa State UniversityAmesIowa
431California State UniversitySacramentoCalifornia
432Bob Jones UniversityGreenvilleSouth Carolina
433Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMichigan
434Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkPennsylvania
435University of MaineFarmingtonMaine
436Benedict CollegeColumbiaSouth Carolina
437University of TennesseeChattanoogaTennessee
438University of IowaIowa CityIowa
439University of LouisvilleLouisvilleKentucky
440Clemson UniversityClemsonSouth Carolina
441University of Northern ColoradoGreeleyColorado
442Contra Costa Community CollegeSan PabloCalifornia
443Morehouse CollegeAtlantaGeorgia
444Boston UniversityBostonMassachusetts
445Missouri Southern State UniversityJoplinMissouri
446New Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesNew Mexico
447Arizona State University – Main CampusTempeArizona
448Saginaw Valley State UniversityUniversity CenterMichigan
449University of LouisianaLafayetteLouisiana
450University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraCalifornia
451Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondKentucky
452Grand Valley State UniversityAllendale Charter TownshipMichigan
453Western Washington UniversityBellinghamWashington
454Emory UniversityAtlantaGeorgia
455University of WashingtonSeattleWashington
456California State UniversityFresnoCalifornia
457University of CaliforniaRiversideCalifornia
458University of ArizonaTucsonArizona
459University of CaliforniaBerkeleyCalifornia
460Eastern New Mexico UniversityPortalesNew Mexico
461University of AlaskaFairbanksAlaska
462University of the SouthSewaneeTennessee
463Pasadena Community CollegePasadenaCalifornia
464University of NevadaLas VegasNevada
465University of WisconsinEau ClaireWisconsin
466University of CaliforniaSanta CruzCalifornia
467State Center Community College DistrictFresnoCalifornia
468Garden City Community CollegeGarden CityKansas
469University of North DakotaGrand ForksNorth Dakota
470California State UniversityNorthridgeCalifornia
471Northeastern Oklahoma A&M CollegeMiamiOklahoma
472University of WisconsinRiver FallsWisconsin
473Colorado State UniversityFort CollinsColorado
474University of CaliforniaDavisCalifornia
475Central Washington UniversityEllensburgWashington
476University of CaliforniaSan DiegoCalifornia
477University of MinnesotaTwin CitiesMinnesota
478Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffArizona
479University of ColoradoBoulderColorado
480California State UniversityChicoCalifornia
481University of WisconsinStoutWisconsin
482University of CaliforniaIrvineCalifornia
483Gordon CollegeWenhamMassachusetts
484University of CaliforniaLos AngelesCalifornia
485College of the SequoiasVisaliaCalifornia
486San Diego State UniversitySan DiegoCalifornia
487Portland State UniversityPortlandOregon
488Ohio State UniversityColumbusOhio
489University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueNew Mexico
490University of MichiganAnn ArborMichigan

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Using data from law enforcement and FBI crime reports, we compared 490 colleges (save for those with enrollment under 1,000 students and others for which a significant amount of data was unavailable). Colleges that failed to submit their crime reports with the FBI were also excluded from our research.

For this ranking, we took two variables into account: crime rate and police adequacy. When looking at crime rates, we made a distinction between violent and non-violent (property) crime.

According to the FBI, “Violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes are defined in the UCR Program as those offenses that involve force or threat of force. Property crime includes the offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The object of the theft-type offenses is the taking of money or property, but there is no force or threat of force against the victims.”