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Study: These are the Safest College Campuses in America

Brigham Young University-Idaho is the safest place you can go to college.

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Security company Alarms.org recently issued the results of a study that attempted to identify the safest college campuses in America.

They say the data that fueled the study came from:

  • The most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Safety Security Survey put out by the U.S. Department of Education
  • By analyzing crimes reported by universities, including rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle theft and arsons. Also factoring into the safety score were violent and property crime rates for the cities in which the schools were located, and the number of law enforcement officers employed by the institution per 1,000 students.

They also said the study excludes colleges with enrollment under 10,000 students, since a “significant” amount of data for those institutions was unavailable using the methods outlined above.

Alarms.org is identified on their official website as the “official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security.” That council is national trade association representing alarm installers and other associated groups.

With all that in mind, here are the top three safest schools in the report:

1. Brigham Young University-Idaho

2. Oakland University

3. Northern Kentucky University

Below are top 101 safest schools according to the study.  

Rank State University/College Campus Student
enrollment
Violent
crime, campus
Property
crime, campus
1 IDAHO Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg 43,278 20 17
2 MICHIGAN Oakland University Rochester 20,261 0 37
3 KENTUCKY Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights 14,699 0 50
4 RHODE ISLAND University of Rhode Island South Kingstown 16,613 2 70
5 MASSACHUSETTS Bridgewater State University Bridgewater 11,089 12 31
6 NEW HAMPSHIRE University of New Hampshire Durham 15,351 26 105
7 MASSACHUSETTS Boston College Newton 14,354 10 122
8 VIRGINIA Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Blacksburg 32,663 10 175
9 MASSACHUSETTS University of Massachusetts: Amherst 29,269 14 229
10 MASSACHUSETTS Tufts University: Medford 11,137 7 74
11 ILLINOIS Southern Illinois University: Edwardsville 14,265 5 81
12 INDIANA Purdue University West Lafayette 40,472 8 256
13 CALIFORNIA California State University: San Marcos 12,793 4 49
14 UTAH Utah State University Logan 28,622 4 28
15 IDAHO University of Idaho Moscow 13,784 7 4
16 NEW JERSEY Montclair State University Montclair 20,465 3 84
17 MICHIGAN Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant 26,825 5 83
18 KENTUCKY Morehead State University Morehead 10,872 0 50
19 OKLAHOMA University of Central Oklahoma Edmond 16,910 3 61
20 WYOMING University of Wyoming Laramie 12,648 0 102
21 VIRGINIA George Mason University Fairfax 33,929 12 115
22 SOUTH DAKOTA South Dakota State University Brookings 12,576 3 59
23 MICHIGAN Ferris State University Big Rapids 14,715 5 38
24 NEW JERSEY William Paterson University Wayne 10,862 0 63
25 OHIO Kent State University Kent 30,067 7 159
26 PENNSYLVANIA Pennsylvania State University: University Park 47,307 50 502
27 GEORGIA Kennesaw State University Kennesaw 33,252 11 209
28 IOWA Iowa State University Ames 35,714 14 255
29 MAINE University of Maine: Orono 10,922 20 138
30 IOWA University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls 11,981 7 81
31 NORTH CAROLINA Appalachian State University Boone 17,932 4 70
32 OHIO Bowling Green State University Bowling Green 16,908 0 135
33 TEXAS Texas A&M University: Commerce 12,928 3 81
34 WEST VIRGINIA West Virginia University Morgantown 28,776 5 81
35 WASHINGTON Washington State University: Pullman 29,686 15 142
36 ILLINOIS Western Illinois University Macomb 11,094 9 68
37 NEW JERSEY Kean University Union 14,112 1 128
38 WISCONSIN University of Wisconsin: Oshkosh 14,051 3 42
39 PENNSYLVANIA West Chester University West Chester 16,597 5 68
40 TEXAS Texas Woman’s University Denton 15,286 4 55
41 TEXAS University of Texas: El Paso 23,397 10 138
42 KANSAS Fort Hays State University Hays 14,210 4 44
43 IDAHO Boise State University Boise 29,428 43 21
44 CALIFORNIA University of California: Irvine 30,836 21 442
45 UTAH Utah Valley University Orem 33,211 4 80
46 VIRGINIA James Madison University Harrisonburg 21,227 6 124
47 MICHIGAN Michigan State University East Lansing 50,538 38 578
48 TEXAS University of North Texas Denton 37,299 9 154
49 TEXAS Texas A&M University: College Station 63,813 14 452
50 UTAH Brigham Young University Provo 33,469 1 185
51 DELAWARE University of Delaware Newark 22,852 3 143
52 NORTH CAROLINA University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill 29,084 12 204
53 MICHIGAN University of Michigan: Ann Arbor 43,651 13 534
54 SOUTH CAROLINA College of Charleston Charleston 11,531 0 56
55 TEXAS Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches 12,606 4 50
56 IOWA University of Iowa Iowa City 30,844 18 256
57 TEXAS Tarleton State University Stephenville 12,330 6 107
58 NEW JERSEY Rowan University Glassboro 16,155 8 210
59 CALIFORNIA California State University: Fullerton 38,948 4 213
60 FLORIDA Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton 30,380 6 160
61 CONNECTICUT Central Connecticut State University New Britain 12,086 2 25
62 WISCONSIN University of Wisconsin: Eau Claire 10,592 1 58
63 MASSACHUSETTS University of Massachusetts: Harbor Campus, Boston 17,030 2 75
64 FLORIDA University of South Florida: Tampa 42,067 8 323
65 IDAHO Idaho State University Pocatello 16,851 4 23
66 GEORGIA Georgia Gwinnett College Lawrenceville 11,468 0 20
67 CALIFORNIA California State University: Carson 14,635 4 45
68 MISSISSIPPI University of Mississippi: Oxford 23,212 6 160
69 COLORADO Colorado State University Fort Collins 30,614 6 322
70 WISCONSIN University of Wisconsin: Madison 42,716 13 287
71 CALIFORNIA University of California: San Diego 32,906 13 418
72 LOUISIANA Louisiana Tech University Ruston 12,371 2 56
73 WASHINGTON Eastern Washington University Cheney 12,361 11 52
74 HAWAII University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu 23,293 36 52
75 CALIFORNIA California State University: Hayward 15,528 3 75
76 MISSOURI University of Missouri: Columbia 35,424 9 228
77 VIRGINIA University of Virginia Charlottesville 23,883 16 189
78 TENNESSEE Austin Peay State University Clarksville 10,099 5 62
79 SOUTH CAROLINA Clemson University Clemson 22,698 4 209
80 TEXAS Texas State University San Marcos 37,979 3 169
81 GEORGIA University of North Georgia Dahlonega 17,289 0 18
82 NEW YORK Cornell University Ithaca 21,904 7 217
83 CALIFORNIA California State University: Los Angeles 27,680 8 145
84 TEXAS University of Texas: Arlington 41,988 11 115
85 CALIFORNIA University of California: Davis 35,186 12 555
86 KENTUCKY Murray State University Murray 10,998 4 79
87 CALIFORNIA California State University: Northridge, Los Angeles 41,548 21 258
88 NEW JERSEY New Jersey Institute of Technology Newark 11,325 6 101
89 OKLAHOMA Oklahoma State University: Stillwater 25,930 6 178
90 CALIFORNIA California State University: San Jose 32,773 30 424
91 NEW JERSEY Rutgers University: New Brunswick 49,428 29 542
92 MASSACHUSETTS Harvard University Cambridge 29,652 3 574
93 MARYLAND Towson University Towson 22,284 2 76
94 MASSACHUSETTS Boston University Boston 32,158 19 364
95 MISSOURI University of Central Missouri Warrenburg 14,395 25 146
96 NEBRASKA University of Nebraska: Lincoln 25,260 15 187
97 CALIFORNIA San Diego State University San Diego 34,254 19 593
98 MASSACHUSETTS Northeastern University Boston 19,940 25 253
99 PENNSYLVANIA Indiana University Indiana 13,835 2 52
100 KANSAS Kansas State University Manhattan 24,146 7 77
101 CALIFORNIA California State University: Long Beach 37,446 9 193

You can see the full list of 243 here. 

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