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30 Safest Colleges in Minnesota for 2016


Minnesota is located in the Midwestern United States. Neighboring states include Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Iowa. Minnesota also shares an international border with Canada to the north. An estimated population of 5,489,500 residents call the state home. Major cities include the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, also known as the Twin Cities. However, the state is also made up largely of small towns and rural landscapes with a wide variety of flora and fauna as well as river, cliffs, and mountainous areas that are remnants of the Wisconsin glaciers that covered most of the state 12,000 years ago. Minnesotans are considered progressive in their political viewpoints and civic participation. Many Native American tribes call the region home. Minnesota also hosts many professional sports teams, including the Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), and the Minnesota Wild (NHL).

For the sake of this list , a “college” is considered any accredited public or private not-for-profit institution that offers four-year degree programs. Campus crime stats, graduation rates, and student retention rates were taken from U.S. Department of Education annual reports. Campus crime rates are based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents.

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#1 Bethel University-Minnesota


Minnesota’s Bethel University is located in Arden Hills, a suburb of the city of St.Paul. The evangelical Christian schools admits about 6,000 students each year, 2,800 of whom are undergraduates. An additional seminary location is located in San Diego. The school has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a leading educator in the performing arts. Students pursue a degree in one of four colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Graduate school, and the Bethel Seminary. The College of Arts and Sciences alone offers 66 majors and 41 minors. Extracurriculars include student publications and athletics.

#2 Bethany Lutheran College

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The liberal arts school known as Bethany Lutheran College is located in Mankato, Minnesota. Campus is set along the Minnesota River and serves approximately 600 undergraduate students. Common areas of study include secondary education, physical therapy, law, engineering, and medicine. Students participate in non-academic activities such as choir, drama, forensics, student publications and the Student Leadership Institute. The Vikings belong to NCAA Division III athletics.

#3 Martin Luther College


Martin Luther College of New Ulm, Minnesota is operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Coeducational studies are available in subjects such as early childhood education and staff ministries in WELS churches. In addition, MLC prepares young men at the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. A total of 700 undergraduates and an additional 60 postgraduates attend  the school each year. As far as extracurriculars, students can become involved in music, recreational sports and special campus event days.

#4 University of Northwestern-St.Paul


Roseville, Minnesota is home to the University of Northwestern-St.Paul. The private evangelical Christian school hosts 1,800 undergraduate students each year and an additional 200 postgraduate students. Common areas of undergraduate studies include music, business, broadcasting, art, English, criminal justice, life sciences, and Christian ministries. All undergraduates also pursue a mandatory minor in Bible. Media (radio), music, and athletics opportunities are also available to students.

#5 St. Catherine University

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Also called St.Kate’s, St. Catherine University is a Catholic Liberal arts school in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Each year, 3,500 undergraduate women attend the school. A postgraduate program is available to men and women. St. Catherine’s is seen as a leader in women’s education since its founding in 1905. Social justice and women’s education are integral components in the academic realm. The  school also offers extensive research facilities, including the Human Anatomy Lab and National Center for STEM Elementary Education.

#6 Metropolitan State University-Minnesota


The Metropolitan State University-Minnesota, or simply Metro State, is situated in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The four-year public institution welcomes about 11,500 students each year. Metro State has a particular interest in serving students considered non-traditional. Students can choose from 60 degree paths within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the College of Management, among others.

#7 St.Olaf College


St.Olaf College of Northfield, Minnesota is home to 3,000 undergraduate students. The four-year liberal arts school spans across a campus of 920 acres. Old Main is one of the most notable sites on campus, as is the Flaten Art Museum, and nearly 325 acres of neighboring wetlands and woodlands. St.Olaf’s has been routinely featured as one of the most picturesque college campuses. Common areas of academic study include literary studies, human behavior, natural science, and theology. Students are encouraged to study abroad, and can choose from 250 student clubs and organizations.

#8 Concordia College-Minnesota


The private school known as Concordia College is located in Moorhead, Minnesota. The liberal arts college has an affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Approximately 2,500 undergraduates attend the school each year. Students may pursue degrees as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Education. Popular areas of study include business, education, and communication. The college has extensive music programs, with 45 faculty members allocated to the department. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division III athletics as well as a host of other student-run organizations.

#9 Southwest Minnesota State University


In association with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Concordia College is a private college set in Moorhead, Minnesota. Its 2,500 undergraduate students pursue degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Education. All students attend mandatory core curriculum in the area of health, culture, communication, and religion. A total of 61 majors are available to students. Music and athletics are also a big part of student life.

#10 College of Saint Benedict


The all-women’s College of Saint Benedict is located in St.Joseph, Minnesota. The school works in tandem with Saint John’s University for men only. Students are able to access academic material and other resources cross-campus. A total of 3,600 students attend the College of Saint Benedict. The institution has a reputation for producing a high number of Fulbright Scholars each year. In addition to academics, students can become involved in study abroad and music opportunities as well as Greek Life.

#11 Winona State University


Winona State University of Winona, Minnesota is regarded as the first university founded west of the Mississippi River in 1858. Students, of whom there are nearly 10,000, can choose from over 80 academic programs. Winona is home to many international students, from 55 countries, who are offered special services to smooth the cultural adjustment period. International students are also offered a Cross-Cultural Scholarship opportunity to encourage American and international students to share their own cultures with each other. Students can take advantage of facilities such as the Maxwell Field at Warrior Stadium, the Integrated Wellness Complex, and the WSU’s Performing Arts Center.

#12 The College of St. Scholastica


The College of St. Scholastica is set in Duluth, Minnesota. Each year, about 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students attend the private college. Students can pursue degrees at the bachelor, master’s and doctoral levels. A majority or undergraduate students focus their studies in the sciences and liberal arts. Athletics include soccer, baseball, ice hockey, tennis, football and cross country. The College of St. Scholastica belongs to NCAA Division III Athletics.

#13 University of Minnesota-Crookston


The four-year institution University of Minnesota-Crookston brings in 1,800 undergraduate students each year. Campus stretches across 108 acres in the city of Crookston. In addition to wildlife preserves, facilities also include the Valley Technological Park, the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. Student pursue degrees in 39 areas of concentration within the department of Liberal Arts and Education, Science and Technology, Math, and Agriculture and Natural Resources. University of Minnesota-Crookston is home of NCAA Division II athletics.

#14 Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota


The private, Catholic school known as Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is situated in the city of Winona. The student body makes up a total of nearly 6,000, 1,100 of which are undergraduates. Graduate students attend classes at the Winona campus, as well as other locations around the Midwest, and international locations in Jamaica and Kenya. Popular doctorate programs include a Doctor of Business Administration and a doctorate in Psychology. Saint Mary’s belongs to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

#15 Concordia University-Minnesota


Saint Paul’s Concordia University-Minnesota admits 2,800 students each year. In addition to traditional undergraduate programs, Concordia University-Minnesota also provides Adult Undergraduate Degree Programs, Continuing Education Classes & Certificates, and Licensure & Colloquy Programs. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II, including men’s baseball, basketball and football and women’s golf, volleyball, and track and field, among others.

#16 University of St. Thomas-Minnesota


The University of St.Thomas-Minnesota is a Catholic liberal arts school located in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. In addition to Minnesota campuses, St.Thomas has international locations in Rome as well. Each year, 6,200 and undergraduates and 4,000 graduates attend the school. Students choose from 88 major concentrations and 59 minor fields. Student athletes at St.Thomas participate in NCAA Division III athletics. Students can participate in other extracurricular such as student government.

#17 Macalester College


Situated in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Macalester College is a liberal arts school that admits over 2,000 undergradutes each year. Macalester has consistently ranked high for its academic achievement on a national level and inclusion of minority groups and members of the LGBTQ community. Students choose from 37 majors and 63 areas of study, which belong to 31 different academic departments. The institution encourages students to study abroad and participate in volunteer opportunities that serve the community.

#18 Hamline University


Hamline University is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The private liberal arts school admits 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students each year. Students at the College of Liberal Arts choose from 38 areas of study. Others colleges include the School of Education, Graduate School of Liberal Studies, the Hamline University School of Law, and the Hamline University School of Business. The school maintains four international partnerships, which allows students to easily transfer credits. Students can also join in on student athletics and Greek Life.

#19 Carleton College


The private arts school, Carleton College, is located in Northfield, Minnesota. The total student population supersedes 2,000 undergraduates. Carelton operates on the trimester schedule. Usually, students are enrolled in three courses per term. Common studies concentrations include economics, computer science, international relations, chemistry, and psychology. Campus includes an arboretum, observatory, and creative center that is home to the Cinema and Media Studies department.

#20 North Central University


North Central University of Minneapolis is a residential college for undergraduate students. Over 1,000 students attend the school each year. All students pursuing a bachelor’s degree are required to partake in a General Education Core, including a Bible Studies Core and a Major Core. Much of North Central’s curriculum is geared towards ministry vocational work with an emphasis on service. Students can participate in a variety of extracurricular activities including NCAA Division III sports.

#21 University of Minnesota-Morris


The public liberal arts school called the University of Minnesota- Morris admits roughly 1,900 students each year. The co-educational institution offers students a liberal arts education and Bachelor of Arts degree. The university offers students a variety of 35 majors and minors. Campus is home to on-site renewable power, making the school a top innovator in environmental sustainability. Students can participate in radio and the student newspaper, as well as NCAA Division II athletics.

#22 Minneapolis College of Art & Design 


Minneapolis College of Art & Design, also known as MCAD, is an undergraduate and graduate institution with a focus on the visual arts. Each year, about 700 students attend the school to pursue areas of concentration in drawing, papermaking, photography, graphic design, comic art, and furniture design. Besides a Bachelor of Fine Arts, students can also pursue degrees in a Bachelor of Science, Continuing Education, Master of Fine Arts, and a Master of Arts. Campus is home to many academic and arts facilities, in particular, the Gallery 148, run exclusively by students.

#23 Augsburg College


The coeducational liberal arts school of Augsburg College is is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Common major concentrations include business, marketing, education, communication, journalism, and social sciences. Students can choose from a total over more than 50 majors. In addition to academics, Augsburg College puts a strong emphasis on service learning and volunteering. Students can join extracurricular  programs such as the “StepUP Program, ” which aids students in their drug and alcohol addiction recoveries. Other clubs are related to forensics, campus ministry, and cultural diversity.

#24 University of Minnesota – Twin Cities


The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, also referred to as the U of M is situated in the cities of St.Paul and Minneapolis. The campus is the sixth largest in the country, and home to upwards of 48,000 students. The university is broken up into 19 colleges and schools. Undergraduates can choose between 143 degree programs, while graduates have 200 options in their pursued degree. The U of M has consistently ranked high as a research university. The U of M has an extensive study abroad program as well as an active Greek Life and host of honor societies. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division I sports. The U of M is also a member of the Big Ten.

#25 Gustavus Adolphus College


The liberal arts school, Gustavus Adolphus College, is situated in St.Peter, Minnesota. About 2,500 students attend the school each academic year. The four-year institution is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Students choose from 70 programs, including 75 majors within 24 academic programs. Students can become involved in over 120 organizations and clubs, including forensics, Greek Life, music, theatre, art and dance. The school operates on a mission statement that students work toward a more just and peaceful world.

#26 Minnesota State University – Moorhead


The Minnesota State University – Moorhead is a public university for undergraduate and graduate students. A total of about 8,000 students attend the school each year. Common majors include biology, mass communication, computer science, social work and graphic communication. A total of 82 undergraduate majors with 99 emphases are offered, in addition to 14 graduate programs. Students can participate in a variety of NCAA Division II athletics, as well as study abroad opportunities and student publications.

#27 Bemidji State University


Bemidji State University, or BSU, is situated along Lake Bemidji. Each year, around 6,400 students attend the university as undergrads and graduates. BSU is well-regarded for its writing program, with specializations in weblogs, web content writing, and web design. In addition, BSU has fostered international relationships, and students have the opportunity to study at Liaoning University in China.Student athletes participate in NCAA Division II athletics, including golf, ice hockey, basketball, softball, and volleyball. Other extracurriculars include involvement int the student newspaper and literary magazine, CRE8 Magazine.

#28 Minnesota State University


Minnesota State University is located in Mankato, Minnesota on top of the Blue Earth River. The third largest university in-state welcomes nearly 18,000 students each year. There are 140 programs offered to undergraduates, 80 programs for graduates, and 4 doctoral programs. MSU has produced a total of 37 Fulbright Scholars and boasts a 90% employment rate of graduates within one year of earning their degree. Satellite campuses are located in Edina and Owatonna, Minnesota. Students can choose to participate in over 200 organizations in addition to their academics.

#29 St. Cloud State University


St. Cloud State University, or SCSU, is located in St. Cloud Minnesota along the Mississippi River. Every year, nearly 15,500 students attend the university at a undergraduate or postgraduate level. Over 200 majors, minors, and professional programs are available to SCSU students. In addition, the school facilitates 23 study abroad programs around the globe. Students can participate in Greek Life, as well as student media, student government, and more than 250 other student organizations.

#30 University of Minnesota – Duluth


Situated in Duluth, Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, Duluth hosts almost 10,000 undergraduates and postgraduates each year. Students choose from a total of 85 majors and 27 graduate programs as well as specialized programs in the field of medicine. The Duluth campus is home to many science research centers and academic facilities. Student athletes have the opportunity to participate in NCAA Division II sports. Students can also become involved in outdoor clubs, intramural sports, Greek Life, and student council.

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31 Safest Colleges in Michigan for 2016


The state of Michigan is located in the Midwest region of the United States. It is bordered by the states of Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, in addition to to several of the Great Lakes. Michigan has a total population of nearly 10,000,000 residents. The Mackinac Bridge connects the main part of the state to the Upper and Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The state is well-regarded as an early settlement for immigrants and the birthplace of the automotive industry. The peninsula regions also cater to the tourism industry. Large cities include Detroit and Grand Rapids. Michigan is home to many research and development facilities as well as institutions for higher education.

For the sake of this list, a “college” is considered any accredited public or private not-for-profit institution that offers four-year degree programs. Campus crime stats, graduation rates, and student retention rates were taken from U.S. Department of Education annual reports. Campus crime rates are based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents.

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#1 Cornerstone University


The independent Christian institution known as Cornerstone University is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Student, totaling 3,000, choose between undergraduate and graduate programs as well as seminary school. Over 60 academic programs are offered, including sciences, humanities, Bible, journalism, and the arts. The university belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Students can also participate in the campus newspaper and the Cornerstone Journalism Institute.

#2 Davenport University


Davenport University, situated outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a private, non-profit university. Currently, almost 12,500 undergraduate and graduate students are pursuing Associate’s Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees at the school. The school maintains a total of 11 campuses throughout the state, including locations in Battle Creek, Flint, Holland, Kalamazoo, and Traverse City. Students choose from 50 areas of study, including a variety of business majors. Students hail from around the United States as well as 42 additional countries.

#3 Calvin College


Liberal arts school Calvin College is situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The college’s roots are in the Protestant tradition. Academics are sorted into Gateway, Competencies and Studies, and Capstone levels. About 4,000 students attend the school each year. Notable buildings on campus include the Science Building, the Spoelhof Center of social work, art and education, the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex, and the Covenant Fine Arts Center as well as the library, athletic facilities, chapel, and residence halls. Students can participate in over 70 clubs including an annual lip-sync competition.

#4 University of Michigan-Dearborn


University of Michigan-Dearborn, or UM-D, is situated in Dearborn, Michigan. It’s a public university and home to over 9,000 students, of which over 7,000 are undergraduates. Students have a choice of over 90 academic undergraduate programs, 20 masters degree programs, and 3 doctoral programs. University of Michigan-Dearborn prides itself on community involvement in the Metro Detroit area. Students can become involved in some of 125 recognized student organizations, including Campus Video Network, Student Activities Board, and Student Government.

#5 Madonna University


Madonna University is a Catholic liberal arts school in Livonia, Michigan. Approximately 4,500 students attend the main campus as well as extension campuses in other parts of the state. Undergraduate students choose from over 100 major programs. Common area of studies include education, criminal justice, history, and business. An additional 35 programs are available for master’s students. Campus stretches across 80 acres. Students are encouraged to become involved in student athletics, publications, radio and television production teams.

#6 Michigan Technological University


Also called Michigan Tech, TU, or even Tech, Michigan Technological University is located in Houghton, Michigan. Its campus stretches 925 acres, including bluffs that look out at Portage Lake. In addition to a strong engineering program, the school has also revamped its science, technology, business, and forestry programs. Today, students can choose from 130 degree programs. Athletic teams fall within the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Student life includes Greek Life, Blue Key (National Blue Key honor society), the Daily Bull satirical student newspaper and student government.

#7 Lake Superior State University


Lake Superior State University, or Lake State, is situated in Marie, Michigan. The small public school hosts 2,600 students each year, with a small percentage including postgraduates. Popular areas of study include engineering, chemistry, environmental studies, teach education, and criminal justice. Regional campuses are located in other parts of the state. Throughout the year, Lake State puts on several special student events, including  Snowman Burning, Snowmobile Race, and Ship’s Horn. The schools hosts NCAA Division I athletics.

#8 Oakland University


The public institution in Rochester Hills, Michigan is known as Oakland Univeristy. Campus is set in a suburban area, and is home to more than 20,000 students. Students choose from 139 bachelor’s degrees and 127 graduate programs. Most studies fall in the School of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Education and Human Services, the School of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Nursing. Several research centers are located on campus as well as recreational facilities like the campus golf course.

#9 Lawrence Technological University


Lawrence Technological University, or LTU, is located in Southfield, Michigan. The private school welcomes over 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Academic programs focus on STEAM-related areas of study, meaning: science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. Student athletes participate in NAIA Division II sports. Students can participate in over 40 student clubs as well as sororities and fraternities.

#10 University of Michigan-Flint


Also called U of M-Flint, the University of Michigan-Flint enrolls 6,800 undergraduates each year and 1,200 graduate students. Students study within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Management, the School of Health Professions and Studies, and the School of Education and Human Services. Student participate in organizations like student government and the student newspaper, as well as athletic teams like UM-Flint Wrestling, UM-Flint Women’s Hockey, and UM-Flint Ultimate Frisbee.

#11 Grace Bible College

Grace Bible College of Grand Rapids, Michigan is an evangelical institution. More than 900 students attend the school set in a suburban area. Grace Bible College belongs to the Grace Gospel Fellowship, which encourages missionary work and ministry programs. The student to teacher ratio is 13:1. Athletics belong to the National Christian College Athletic Association and the Association of Christian College Athletics.

#12 University of Detroit Mercy


The Roman Catholic university, University of Detroit-Mercy, is associated with both the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The Detroit campus welcomes almost 5,000 students each year, undergraduate and graduate. Common areas of study include clinical psychology, law, engineering, liberal arts, and nursing. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division I athletics. The school’s campus includes many highlights, such as the Warren Loranger Architecture Building, Warren Loranger Architecture Building,World War I Memorial Clock Tower, and athletics field.

#13 Baker College Center for Graduate Studies

Originally founded in Flint Township, Michigan, Baker College Center for Graduate Studies now has locations across Michigan and in Pennsylvania. Over 150 career-driven programs are offered to students, such as teaching, nursing, human services, healthcare, and Internet technologies. Baker belongs to the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Transfer Agreement, which makes it easier to transfer credits to the institution from another.

#14 College for Creative Studies


The private school known as the College for Creative Studies enrolls 1,300 students each year. Campus is located in Detroit, Michigan. Common majors include Integrated Design and Transportation Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Product Design, and Copywriting. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Student can pursue a Fine Arts degree at the bachelor or master’s level. Notable alumni have made a name for themselves in the world of advertising, crafts, entertainment art, graphic design, and fine arts.

#15 Aquinas College-Michigan


Situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Aquinas College-Michigan is a small Catholic school. Each year, 1,600 undergraduates attend the school, with an additional 225 students who attend part-time. Post graduates also make up a small percentage of the total student body. Students choose from 60 majors. The school encourages students to study abroad for at least a semester, including a program in Rome. Organizations on campus include diversity clubs, sports teams, and student publications.

#16 Andrews University


Andrews University of Berrien Springs, Michigan is associated with the Seventh-day Adventist school system. Undergradutes, totaling about 1,700, can choose from 130 undergraduate programs. Andrews also enrolls about 850 in its seminary program each year. The school has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Adventist Accrediting Association. Campus is located only 12 miles from Lake Michigan and is also close to the University of Notre Dame. Campus highlights include an arboretum, the Howard Performing Arts Center, and single-sex residence halls.

#17 Hope College


Hope College of Holland, Michigan is a liberal arts college that hosts 3,600 students each year. The school was founded in 1862 and maintains its association with the Reformed Church of America. Students choose from over 90 majors for a degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachlor of Science in Engineering, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The school maintains additional locations in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Chicago as well as international locations. Student organizations include a Dance Marathon, literary magazine, spiritual clubs, and athletics.

#18 Alma College


Located in the small town of Alma, Michigan, Alma College is a private liberal arts school. Students totaling 1,300 undergraduates pursue degrees in 41 majors. Common areas of study include biology, psychology, business administration, health science, education, and history. The academic calendar follows a 4-4-1 schedule, meaning 14-term weeks in the fall and winter are followed by a four-week session in May. Under the Alma Commitment, students are offered scholarship funds to pursue internship, fellowship, or study abroad opportunities.

#19 Kettering University 


Kettering University is located in Flint, Michigan. It’s a private school that emphasizes experienced-based learning. A total of almost 2,000 undergraduates and an additional 300 graduates come to the school to pursue studies such as chemical engineering, computer science, applied mathematics, and applied science. All students engage in a five coop terms program, which means they participate in paid work experience alongside their area of study. Kettering is considered one of the leading feeder universities to Harvard Business School.

#20 Wayne State University


Wayne State University is located in the Historic District of Detroit, Michigan. Over 2,700 students call the 203-acre campus home. Wayne State is among the 100 largest universities in the country. Main campus alone has over 100 education and research-focused buildings. In addition, there are several other satellite campuses in the Detroit area. Students choose from 13 schools, including the College of Nursing, the School of Medicine, and the College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts among others. Each year the school hosts the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival. The school is home to NCAA Division II atheltics.

#21 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor


The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, more simply called Michigan, is a public research school. The campus set in Anna Arbor, Michigan welcomes 43,600 students each year. Undergraduates total about 28,400 students, and postgraduates make up an additional 15,200. Additional campuses are located in Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Graduate programs focus especially on STEM fields, as well as the humanities and social sciences. Michigan’s Wolverines belong to NCAA Division I athletics and is also a member of the Big Ten Conference.

#22 Marygrove College


Marygrove College is a liberal arts college in Detroit Michigan, founded on Catholic principles. The school of over 2,000 students receives support from the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Campus spreads across 53 acres and includes Tudor Gothic style buildings. Students choose from 31 bachelor’s degree programs and 7 master’s programs. Marygrove belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#23 Concordia University-Ann Arbor 


Situated in Anna Arbor Michigan, Concordia University-Ann Arbor is a private liberal arts school. Each year, approximately 700 students attend the small school. Students can choose from over 70 areas of study. Concordia encourages students to study abroad and also take on internship or career-focused learning opportunities in addition to their classroom training. Student athletes compete in sports within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#24 Central Michigan University


Mount Pleasant, Michigan is home to Central Michigan University. It’s considered among one of the 100 largest universities in the nation. About 20,000 students attend the Mount Pleasant location, although an additional 7,000 students attend satellite locations around the world. There are 2000 academic programs to choose from, including journalism, psychology, entrepreneurship, audiology, and music. Athletes at the school participate in the NCAA Division I Mid-American Conference. There are 22 residence halls on campus, including dormitories with a specific focus for students to more closely collaborate with colleagues, for example: the Herrig Hall (music) and the Woldt Hall (science and technology).

#25 Albion College


The liberal arts school of Albion College is set in Albion, Michigan. The institution is a private liberal arts school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Approximately 1,400 students attend the school. Students choose from 30 academic majors in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Students can become involved in extracurriculars such as Habitat for Humanity International, Karate Club, and intramural sports. Athletics fall under the NCAA Division III category.

#26 Northern Michigan University


Northern Michigan University is located in Marquette of the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan. Almost 9,000 students attend the public, four-year university each year. Campus spans 350 acres, and includes 10 academic buildings with an additional 210 teaching spaces. Additional facilities focus on art and design, a theater, library, science complex, and NMU athletic department’s Superior Dome.

#27 Ferris State University


Big Rapids, Michigan is home to Ferris State University and more than 14,700 students. Ferris is considered the ninth largest in the state. The public university, in addition to its campus headquarters, also hosts an additional 19 off-campus locations. Students pick from more than 170 areas of study within 8 colleges. Master’s degree programs include technical education, nursing, fine arts, and criminal justice, among others. Outside of classes, students can become involved in student government, athletics, radio and Greek Life.

#28 Michigan State University


Located in East Lansing, Michigan, Michigan State University enrolls over 50,000 students each year. It is the ninth-biggest university in the United States. The schools boasts over half a million alumni around the world today. MSU has consistently ranked high as a research institution and a center for higher education. MSU was instrumental in creating programs in supply chain management, hospitality, and music therapy early on. Top graduate programs include African history, elementary and secondary education, criminology, and nuclear physics, among others. Michigan State is a NCAA Division I school and a member of the Big Ten.

#29 Eastern Michigan University


Eastern Michigan University of Ypsilanti, Michigan is located 35 miles from Detroit and only 8 miles from Ann Arbor. There are 18,500 undergraduate students and an additional 4,800 postgraduate students who attend the school each year. There are seven colleges at EMU, including the College of Business, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, College of Technology, Honors College, and Graduate School. Campus spans 800 acres and houses more than 120 buildings. Students can become involved in athletics, student publications, Greek Life, and cultural and volunteer groups.

#30 Olivet College


Set 200 miles west of Detroit, Olivet College is located in Olivet, Michigan. The institution is a liberal arts school affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Just over 1,000 students pursue degrees from a list of 28 programs on the bachelor or master’s level. The school’s athletic teams participate in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Students can also work for the WOCR radio station.

#31 Finlandia University


Finlandia University is located in Hancock, Michigan. The private school is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Campus is in a rural setting, with highlights such as the Old Main building and Finlandia Hall. Students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts in programs like Digital Art and Integrated Design, a Bachelor of Business Administration in concentration like marketing or accounting, as well as Bachelor of Human Services and Bachelor of Liberal Arts with a focus in psychology, English, Art Therapy, Communication, and Sociology. Athletics fall within the NCAA Division III. Students are encourage to study abroad during their time at Finlandia.

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50 Safest Colleges in Massachusetts for 2016


The state of Massachusetts is located in the northeastern United States. It is one of the oldest states, as one of the original 13 colonies. Massachusetts is the most populated state in New England. Over 80% of the state’s population is concentrated in the city of Boston. Massachusetts shares borders with Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York, as well as the Atlantic Ocean. Massachusetts, with an area of over 10,500 square miles, is home to some of the world’s finest institutions of higher education, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

For the sake of this list , a “college” is considered any accredited public or private not-for-profit institution that offers four-year degree programs. Campus crime stats, graduation rates, and student retention rates were taken from U.S. Department of Education annual reports. Campus crime rates are based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents.

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#1 Northpoint Bible College


Northpoint Bible College is located in Haverhill Massachusetts. The Zion Bible College promotes the expansion of the Christian gospel and education of Pentecostal ministry. The student body is small, enrolling approximately 400 students each year. Students major in biblical studies, as well as a second major within the ministry discipline. Students participate in Chapel, as well as a program known as SPICE, which encourages student participation in maintaining the school grounds and facilities.

#2 Eastern Nazarene College


Located within 8 miles of Boston, Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) is nestled in Quincy, Massachusetts just blocks from the ocean. ENC is a Christian coeducational liberal arts institution with over 50 majors. The college celebrates serving a highly diverse student population of over 1,000. Some of the most popular majors are business/marketing, education and the sciences. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available.

#3 Regis College


The Catholic institution known as Regis College is situated in Weston, Massachusetts, 12 miles from Boston. Recently, in 2007, Regis became a coeducational school. Undergraduates and graduates make up a total student body of approximately 2,000. The school offers a number of opportunities to study and serve abroad, as well as participate in student teaching stateside. More than 39 areas of study are available to all students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts.

#4 Bay Path University


Bay Path University, formerly known as Bay Path College, is set in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. A body of students, totaling 2,300, have the option to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees, either on campus or online. Bay Path belongs to the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield, of which there are eight. The undergraduate programs are majority female and focus on women’s education; the graduate level programs are coeducational. Extracurriculars include athletics and a women’s leadership conference.

#5 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences


Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, or MCPHS, are located in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area in Boston’s Back Bay. The institution offers traditional as well as non-traditional and accelerated programs, all with an emphasis on hands-on training. Two additional campuses are now located in Worcester, Massachusetts and Manchester, Massachusetts. Schools of study include the School of Occupational Therapy, Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene, School of Nursing, School of Optometry, and the School of Physical Therapy, among others. MCPHS in a member of the Colleges of the Fenway, which includes shared research, medical, and dining facilities between campuses.

#6 School of the Museum of Fine Arts


Operating under Tufts University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts is located in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The school has an affiliation with the nearby Museum of Fine Arts. It also belongs to the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, including member colleges across the country. There are approximately 300 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate students each year. In addition, the school belongs to the Professional Arts Consortium, and other arts programs within the city which allow students to earn credit at affiliated Boston colleges. Famous alumni include sculptors, musicians, photographers, and graphic designers.

#7 The Boston Conservatory

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Students attend the Boston Conservatory in the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood of Boston to pursue degrees and careers in music, dance, and theater. Programs include Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Music. In addition to collegiate level courses, the conservatory conducts outreach programs in the city and provides intensive programs for high school students in dance, brass, choral, musical theater, horn, and music composition. About 750 students attend the school each year.

#8 Wellesley College


Located west of Boston in the city of Wellesley, Wellesley College is an all-women’s liberal arts college. It is one of the Seven Sisters Colleges. Nearly 2,500 undergraduate students attend the school each year. In addition to 56 major choices, students are also given the option of cross-registering at MIT, Brandeis, Babson College and Olin College. Wellesley has consistently ranked high in terms of academics among national publications and university reviews.

#9 Cambridge College


Situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cambridge College specializes in adult education. About 7,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students attend the school each year. Common majors include health care management, psychology, education, counseling, and human services. Master’s programs include Master of Education and Master of Education in Counseling Psychology.

#10 University of Massachusetts-Boston


The University of Massachusetts-Boston, or UMass, is a public school and one of the largest in the University of Massachusetts system. UMass is situated in Columbia Point, on the southern edge of the Boston metropolitan area. Undergraduate and graduate students make up a total student body of over 16,500. Most are residents from the state, although there are students that come from out of state and around the world. UMass belongs to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Academic institutions on campus include the Institute for Survey Research, Center for Social Development and Education, and the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences. Students can become involved in NCAA Division III athletics, as well as student publications and student government.

#11 Stonehill College


Located in Easton Massachusetts (20 km from Boston) is the liberal arts institution known as Stonehill College. Approximately 2,500 undergraduates attend the school each year. Students choose from 38 major programs and 45 minor programs. Staff encourages students to become involved in study abroad, internships, and extracurricular research. In addition to NCAA Division II athletics, students can contribute to a variety of campus media outlets.

#12 Mount Holyoke College


Mount Holyoke College is a Seven Sisters college, of which it was also the founding member. The institution is a liberal arts college set in South Hadley. It’s an all-women college of over 2,000 students. The school has consistently ranked high for its bachelor’s programs as well as Fulbright scholarship recipients. Students choose from 50 majors, and most often pursue a Bachelor of Arts. The campus is extensive, including 17 residence halls since most student live on campus. Mount Holyoke encourages students to become involved in study abroad and other academic and extracurricular opportunities.

#13 Simmons College


The private women’s institution, Simmons College, educates undergraduate and graduation students in the city of Boston. There are a total of approximately 2,000 undergraduate women, and nearly 3,000 graduate men and women. Academics are focused in concentrations such as the School of Social Work, the School of Management, the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the School of Library and Information Sciences. Simmons students can play in NCAA Division III atheltics. The school is also committed to sustainability efforts.

#14 Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Among the country’s first engineering and technology educational institutions, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Undergraduate and graduate students, a total of approximately 6,000, choose from over 50 majors across 14 departments. Common areas of study include engineering, social sciences, technology, and humanities and the arts. Campus provides a tranquil respite among its larger urban setting.

#15 College of Our Lady of the Elms


The Catholic liberal arts college, College or Our Lady of the Elms, or more simply, Elms College, is located in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The study body is a small makeup of approximately 1,200 undergraduates.  Students choose from 33 majors within the departments of natural sciences, fine arts, mathematics, humanities, communication sciences and disorders, and more. Incoming freshman are welcomed in each year with Elms Night, a passing of the torch more or less from upperclassmen to the new arrivals.

#16 Harvard University


Legendary Harvard University is located in Cambridge Massachusetts, across the river from downtown Boston. Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States since 1636, and over the years has maintained its reputation of academic excellence. While most of the present-day residence and academic buildings are located in Cambridge, Harvard also includes facilities in northwest Boston, including in Allston and Longwood Medical Area. Harvard is renowned for its work as a research institution. Although tuition costs are high, generous endowment funds allow students significant scholarship opportunities. Harvard boasts alumni including billionaires, Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and Nobel laureates. Harvard hosts NCAA Division I athletics, including football, crew, and hockey.

#17 Endicott College


Situated in Beverly, Massachusetts, Endicott College is a private coeducational college. Undergraduate and graduate students total over 5,000. The school’s campus includes many historic buildings as well as modern facilities like Reynolds Hall, Diane M. Halle Library, and Walter J.Manninen Center for the Arts. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree choose from 23 programs and an additional 27 minors. Outside of academics, students can get involved in more than 60 extracurricular activities.

#18 Smith College


Northampton, Massachusetts is home to Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts college. Smith College belongs to the Five Colleges consortium, including Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students are able to attend any of these partner institutions for transferable academic credit. There are nearly 3,000 students at Smith College, including undergraduate and graduate students. Campus is comprised of academic, residential, and athletic facilities. Smith has also made strides to expand it LGBTQ outreach across campus.

#19 Boston College


Boston College is a Jesuit Catholic school–and ironically, neither located in Boston proper nor strictly a college. BC is located in Chestnut Hill (although still accessible to the city of Boston via the metro) and technically a university. The school enrolls over 9,000 full-time undergraduates and more than 5,000 graduate students. BC has a long-held reputation in the Boston area, with its original campus in Boston’s South End. It boasts many alumni as recipients of Fulbright scholarships. In addition to its rigorous academics, BC offers students options to participate in Division I athletics, student-run newspapers and radios as well as diversity groups, like AHANA (African-America, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent).

#20 Babson College


Babson College is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts and is home to nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students study from a choice of 25 areas of concentration. Master’s degree programs include finance, accounting, entrepreneurial leadership, and management. Babson boasts a unique study abroad experience, which is offered to juniors and seniors in the countries of Russia, China, and India. Greek Life is an important part of student life, as are student publications and athletics.

#21 Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Famously known as MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private school located in Cambridge, across the Charles River from downtown Boston. Academics have always focused on applied sciences and engineering. Research began as efforts to support World War II and the Cold War. Today, students pursue studies in the physical sciences and engineering and more recently biology, linguistics, and economics. MIT is known all over the world for its rigorous programs and notable alumni, including Nobel laureates, National Medal of Science recipients, and Rhodes Scholars. MIT is home to powerful equipment and facilities, including a pressurized wind tunnel and nuclear reactor.

#22 Brandeis University


Brandeis University of Waltham, Massachusetts was originally founded as a Jewish community co-educational school in 1948. Today, the school enrolls nearly 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students elect their area of study from 43 majors and 46 minors. Brandeis belongs to the Association of American Universities and the Boston Consortium, which allows students to dual enroll in similar accredited universities such as Boston College, Boston University, and Tufts University. Brandeis is home to the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism as well as Women’s Studies Research Center.

#23 Massachusetts College of Art & Design


The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, or MassArt, is located in the Longwood Medical area of Boston, neighboring Fenway-Kenmore and Back Bay neighborhoods. MassArt is one of the oldest art schools in the countries since its founding in 1873. Nearly 2,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students attend the school each year. The school belongs to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of School of Art and Design, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design and the Colleges of the Fenway. Common major concentrations include Fine Arts (2D), Fine Arts (3D), Communication Design, Media and Performing Arts, and Arts Education. The school is easily accessible via metro transportation.

#24 Anna Maria College


The liberal arts college Anna Maria College is located in Paxton, Massachusetts. Undergradutes total 1,100 students, and postgraduates include about 300 students. Campus is in a rural setting on 190 acres. Academically, students can choose between 35 undergraduate programs and 21 graduate programs. Common areas of study include Art Therapy, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Paramedic Science, and Psychology. Anna Maria belongs to NCAA Division III athletics, including football, cross country, field hockey, and softball, among others.

#25 Amherst College


Situated in Amherst, Massachusetts, Amherst College is a private liberal arts college home to 1,800 undergraduates. Students choose from 38 major options, and are not required to take a preliminary set of core curriculum classes. The school maintains a 13.7% acceptance rate. Amherst students can compete in Division III athletics. Other student organizations include cultural and religious groups, student publications, and performing arts groups.

#26 Montserrat College of Art


Beverly, Massachusetts is home to the Montserrat College of Art, a four-year residential school with an emphasis on the visual arts. About 400 students enroll in the school each year. Originally founded by the North Shore Community Arts Foundation, campus is grounded in a suburban setting. Degree programs include interactive media, graphic design, printmaking, sculpture, and creative writing.

#27 Berklee College of Music


Berklee College of Music is set in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It’s considered the largest independent school of contemporary music, and enrolls nearly 5,500 students each year. Areas of music study include rocks, hip hop, flamenco, reggae, salsa and bluegrass. As of 2012, Berklee also operates a campus in Valencia, Spain at the renowned Parque de Arte y Ciencias.  Future plans have been made to combine the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, to create “Berklee”. Berklee belongs to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Graduate programs include Master of Arts in Music Therapy and Master of Music in Contemporary Performance.

#28 Tufts University


Located in Medford, Massachusetts, Tufts University is a private research institution. Each year the school welcomes over 10,000 undergraduate students. Tufts is broken down into two schools, made up of two undergraduate programs and eight graduate programs. Tufts puts an emphasis on a global perspective and encourages students to study abroad. Athletics are based in the New England Small College Athletics Conference.

#29 Emmanuel College-Massachusetts


Emmanuel College of Massachusetts, or EC, was the first Catholic college exclusively for women in New England. As of 2001, Emmanuel now admits men and women to the school. The total student body is composed on 2,500 students, including undergraduate and graduate. EC also belongs to the Colleges of the Fenway. Emmanuel is located in the Longwood Medical District within the Fenway region of Boston. Students can choose between 50 majors, minors, and concentrations. Most students participate in a for-credit internship before graduation.

#30 Wheaton College-Massachusetts


Wheaton College is located in Norton, Massachusetts, meaning its roughly equal distance between Boston and Providence, Rhode Island. About 1,600 students attend the school each year. The school’s liberal arts focus allows students to choose between 36 majors and 50 minors. Common areas of study include physics, computer science, theater, English, and economics. Wheaton has recently undergone renovations to expand its arts programs. Athletic teams play for NCAA Division III.

#31 Wheelock College

640px-Campus_Center_-_Wheelock_College_-_DSC09861Wheelock College of Boston was founded in 1888. Today, students totaling roughly 1,000 undergraduates and graduates choose between programs in education, social work, and arts & sciences. Wheelock belongs to Colleges of the Fenway as well as the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts. The school’s NCAA Division III athletics include five varsity men’s teams and six varsity women’s teams.

#32 Wentworth Institute of Technology

The co-educational college, Wentworth Institute of Technology, is located in Boston. Studies specialize in technical design and engineering. Students, totaling over 3,500 choose between studies such as architecture, computer science, engineering technology, and management. Campus is made up of the expansive Wentworth Quad as well as several residential and academic buildings. Wentworth is easily accessible to downtown Boston via the MBTA Green Line. Extracurricular activities include student government, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Student Association of Interior Designers.

#33 Suffolk University


Suffolk University is a private school located in the heart of downtown Boston, across from the Boston Common and into parts of Beacon Hill. Each year just over 10,000 students are admitted. The schools also includes Suffolk University Law School and the College of Arts & Sciences. Sawyer Business School hones in on a global educations and admits students from around the world. Student life includes Black Student Union, Latinos on the Move, Student Leadership and Involvement and Environmental Club, among dozens of others.

#34 Boston University


Boston University, or BU, is a private university that stretches along the Charles River and includes several MBTA stops along the Green Line. Nearly 32,500 attend the university, including approximately half undergraduate and half graduate students. BU boasts many notable alumni, such as Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, and Guggenheim Fellowship recipients. Besides the Boston headquarters, additional campuses are located in Los Angeles, Paris, Washington DC, and Sydney. There are 18 schools including School of Education, College of Engineering, School of Medicine, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Student life includes working for student publications and participating at and with the Community Service Center.

#35 Salem State University


Located in Salem, Massachusetts, Salem State University is a four-year public school. Each year just under 10,000 students are admitted. Degrees include bachelor’s and master’s programs in the Arts and Sciences, Master of Business Administration, and Post Masters Certificates. Campus includes a North, Central, and South Campus, including the Richard O’Keefe Athletic Center and Cat Cove Maritime Facility. Salem belongs to Division III athletics.

#36 Worcester State University


The liberal arts and sciences school, Worcester State University admits 5,500 undergraduates and 800 postgraduates each year. Campus area of interest include the Ghosh Science and Technology Center, the Learning Resource Center, Wellness Center, and the May Street Building and Auditorium. Worcester State belongs to Division III athletics including dozens of men’s, women’s, and co-ed teams.

#37 University of Massachusetts-Lowell


The University of Massachusetts-Lowell is a public research school with approximately 17,500 students. Students can choose between 122 bachelor’s, 43 master’s, and 36 doctoral programs. Schools include the College of Health Sciences, the Francis College of Engineering, and the Manning School of Business, among others. Student activities include Student Government Association, Greek Council, Off-Broadway Players, and the UMass Lowell Connector (student newspaper).

#38 Framingham State University

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Framingham State University, or FSU, is located in Framingham, Massachusetts, 20 miles from Boston. There are about 6,500 students who attend the school, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Areas of study include art, biology, and communication arts. FSU is committed to a campus of sustainability. Students at FSU can participate in athletics as well as student radio, gaming club, Black Student Union, and the Catholic Newman Association.

#39 Bentley University


Situated in Waltham, Massachusetts, Bentley University is home to about 5,500 students, of which about a fourth are postgraduates. Academics includes degrees in science, business, bachelor of arts, and science disciplines. Students can compete in NCAA Division II athletics as well as campus media and Greek Life.

#40 Western New England University


Western New England University is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Nearly 4,000 students including undergraduate and graduates attend schools such as the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, the School of Law, and the College of Pharmacy. Undergraduates choose from 50 majors across a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Business Administration concentration. Student life includes Greek Life, athletics, student radio and campus ministry.

#41 Becker College


Becker College, split between campuses in Worcester and Leicester is located in Central Massachusetts. More than 40 undergraduate degree programs are available to the school’s 2,000 students. Popular programs include nursing, veterinary science, and video game design. Campus stretches across historically significant places and both campuses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Students participate in clubs, civic service, creative expression and Division III NCAA athletics.

#42 College of the Holy Cross


College of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic school for undergraduates located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Holy Cross is among the oldest catholic colleges in the country. Today, almost 3,000 students come to the school each year to pursue a liberal arts degree. The school belongs to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities as well as NCAA athletics.

#43 Northeastern University


Known also as NU, Northeastern University is situated in Boston, near the Longwood Medical Center area southwest of the Back Bay. Additional campus facilities are located in Fenway-Kenmore, Roxbury, and the South End. There are additional satellite campuses across the country and in Toronto, Canada. Students at Northeastern participate in a cooperative education, meaning the average student will attend the school for five year, including at least a year of professional work within their area of study. NU belongs to Division I athletics. Basketball, hockey, and rowing are especially popular. Almost 25,000 undergraduate and graduates attend the school each year.

#44 Assumption College


The liberal arts and Roman Catholic school called Assumption College is situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. Over 2,000 undergraduates attend the school each year to pursue a Bachelor of Arts. Degrees in Master of Arts, Masters of Business Administration, and Associate’s degrees are also available. Students are encouraged to become involved in student publications, athletics, and other extracurricular student organizations.

#45 Emerson College


Emerson College is located  in downtown Boston, situated across from the Boston Common and in parts of the theatre district. Emerson’s mission is to bring “innovation and communication to the arts.” Students choose from degree programs focused in the arts and communication, such as film, performing arts, journalism, communication disorders, and creative writing. The school owns several downtown theaters, including the Cutler Majestic and Paramount Theater. Students of just over 4,000 undergraduates and graduates are encouraged to gain real-life work experience through internships and work study programs. Notable alumni have gone on to star on television shows, write for television shows, become well-regarded in the publishing world,etc. The school maintains additional campuses in Los Angeles and Well, Netherlands.

#46 Clark University


The private school of Clark University in located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Approximately 3,400 students, undergrad and graduates, attend the school each year. Common majors, of which there are 32, include studies like the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Additional programs include geography, physics, and biology. Students are encouraged to study abroad in one of 34 different countries.

#47 Lasell College


Newton, Massachusetts is home to Lasell College. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are granted, with a focus on either the liberal arts of professional fields. About 1,800 student total attend the school. The school hosts a popular Fashion Program, where students pursue degrees in Fashion Communication and Promotion and Fashion Retail & Merchandising. Students can also be a parts of athletics, student media, and multicultural clubs.

#48 Curry College


Set in Milton, Massachusetts, Curry College is a private liberal arts school. There are 2,100 traditional undergraduate students, 1,600 on-traditional students, and an additional 1,000 postgraduate students. Undergraduate students choose from 22 majors and between 4 programs for those pursuing a Master’s. Main campus is 7 miles from Boston. An additional campus is located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Students can participate in over 30 extracurricular clubs including student government and athletics.

#49 Springfield College-Massachusetts


The private, co-education institution of Springfield College is located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Undergraduate and graduate students total approximately 5,000. Students can choose between 40 majors, from five different colleges. The School of Professional and Continuing Studies includes campus locations across the country. Student athletes participate in Division II athletics.

#50 Westfield State University


Westfield, Massachusetts hosts Westfield State University, a four-year public institution. The total number of students enrolled equals about 5,500. Westfield is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Students choose between degrees such as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Master of Education, to name only a few. Students can also strive to belong to the Honors Program. As a part of the Urban Education Program, Westfield hopes to attract the most diverse study body possible.

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7 Safest Colleges in Idaho for 2016


Located in the northwest region of the country, Idaho is the 14th largest. Idaho is bordered by Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Washington, and Oregon. There is also a short international border with Canada. A total of 1,654,930 residents call the state home. Mountains as well as flatlands make up the majority of the landscape, in addition to large rivers, lakes, and falls. Boise, the capital, is the largest metropolitan area.

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#1 Brigham Young University-Idaho


Operated under The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham Young University-Idaho is located in Rexburg, Idaho. The four-year private school offers liberal arts programs such as science, engineering, performing arts, and agriculture. The student body is approximately 17,000. A majority of students belong to the LDS faith and adhere to church teaching in their everyday lives, including an optional gap-year or years to serve as a missionary. Campus stretches over 400 acres and includes a planetarium, arboretum, and wildlife preserve.

#2 Lewis-Clark State College


Lewis-Clark State College was founded in 1893 in Lewiston, Idaho. The institution is a public undergraduate college which welcomes about 3,500 students each year. Renowned degrees at the school include criminal justice, education, and nursing. The school participates in intercollegiate athletics and has a championship-winning baseball team.

#3 Northwest Nazarene University

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Northwest Nazarene University, student population 2,000, is located in Nampa, Idaho and is considered a Christian liberal arts college. The university is home to the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Over 70 programs are offered, including baccalaureate degrees and master’s degrees. Northwest Nazarene University belongs to NCAA Division II athletics when it comes to: basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, softball, track and field, and volleyball.

#4 Idaho State University


A public institution of 115 years, Idaho State University is located in Pocatello. Over 280 programs are offered at ISU, including health professions especially. The student body of 15,500 hails from 48 US states and 59 countries. Studies are available at the undergraduate, master’s and doctorate level. Student life is rich, with over 160 organizations and clubs.

#5 The College of Idaho


The College of Idaho is the oldest private liberal arts college in the state. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, governors, and NFL players. 1,140 students attend the university annually. There are 26 majors and 58 minors at the school. Especially popular are studies in biology, business, political economy, psychology, and history. Graduate programs include master of arts in teaching, master of education in curriculum instruction, and master of physician assistant studies.

#6 Boise State University


Almost 23,000 students attend the public research institution, Boise State University. Both bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded by the school, based on an offering of 201 degrees in 190 area of speciality. The school hosts NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The campus hosts 20 academic facilities, in addition to residence, student life, and athletic buildings as well.

#7 University of Idaho


The University of Idaho is often referred to as the U of I, or UI. It is Idaho’s oldest public university and serves as the state’s primary research university. The university’s law school was the first to be accredited by the American Bar Association. Undergraduate and graduate students make up a total student body of approximately 11,500. The campus spans across many gathering areas including the Hello Walk and Idaho Commons, as well as the activity center, golf course, and arboretum and botanical gardens.

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36 Safest Colleges in Georgia for 2016


The southern Peach State is not only home to beautiful landscapes and historic cities, but some of the nation’s top universities. Georgia has the 8th largest population. It’s largest city, Atlanta, has long been referred to as the capital of the south. Bordering states include Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. The state also contains shores along the Atlantic Ocean. Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.

For the sake of this list , a “college” is considered any accredited public or private not-for-profit institution that offers four-year degree programs. Campus crime stats, graduation rates, and student retention rates were taken from U.S. Department of Education annual reports. Campus crime rates are based on the number of crimes per 1,000 residents.

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#1 Toccoa Falls College

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Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Toccoa Falls College’s campus span 1,100 acres. It’s a private christian liberal arts college and belongs to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. There are three separate schools: School of Christian Ministries, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Professional Studies. It is considered the safest school in the state of Georgia.

#2 Emmanuel College – Georgia


Emmanuel College is a private liberal arts school located in Franklin Springs, Georgia. The student body admits upwards of 900 students on average each year. The acceptance rate is 55%. Common majors include Christian ministry, education, and business. Emmanuel College is among the top safest schools of higher education in the state.

#3 Shorter University

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In association with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Shorter University is a private liberal arts school in Rome, Georgia. Satellite campus are set in North Atlanta, Duluth, and Riverdale. Enrollment includes approximately 1,000 students in traditional programs as well as 1,500 in professional studies. Shorter University is a member of NCAA Division II Athletics.

#4 Covenant College 


Lookout Mountain, Georgia is home to Covenant College, a Christian liberal arts school established in 1955. The school offers academics within the framework of a biblical setting. Degrees include Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Education.

#5 University of North Georgia – Gainesville


The University of North Georgia is the result of a recent merger between North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College. UNG as a whole enrolls over 16,000 students across five campus locations. The school offers associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s and doctoral. Student life includes Greek Life and over 200 other student organizations.

#6 Brenau University


Also located in Gainesville, Georgia is Brenau University. The school established in 1878 is an undergraduate and graduation institution for approximately 3,500 students. Degrees include a Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Nursing Practice. The university’s four colleges includes Fine Arts &  Humanities, Health $ Science, Business $ Mass Communication, and Education. Student hail from about 20 states and 23 countries.

#7 Life University


Life University is a private school located in the suburbs of Atlanta, in Marietta. Programs of study are focused in the health and wellness fields. Life University has the largest campus in the world for a chiropractic college. Programs are focused on in-classroom academics as well as clinical training.

#8 Thomas University


Associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are offered at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. Common lines of study include criminal justice, business, education, health & human services, and the arts and sciences. The student body is comprised of non-traditional students, including adults seeking education later in life as well as high-school aged students getting an early start.

#9 Agnes Scott College


Agnes Scott College was originally founded in 1889 as a Decatur Female Seminary. Today, the college remains a women’s college of the liberal arts. The student body is small, with around 900 students. There are 30 majors and 25 minors offered at the school.

#10 Piedmont College


Set in Demorest and Athens, Georgia, Piedmont College was founded in 1897 and today is home to approximately 2,000 students. The school boasts high-end academic and athletic facilities. Over 50 academic undergraduate programs are available, including those in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Nursing & Health Sciences.

#11 Savannah College of Art & Design


Savannah College of Art & Design is a non-profit, private arts school with US locations in Savannah and Atlanta, Georgia, as well as Hong Kong and Lacoste, France. More than 11,000 students attend the school. SCAD operates 16 galleries worldwide. The school offers degrees in the fine arts and also operates a study abroad program in France and Hong Kong.

#12 Clayton State University


The main campus of Clayton State University is located in Morrow, Georgia and stretches 192 miles. The university serves the Metro Atlanta area, in is also in close proximity to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. There are 7,000 students enrolled at the school. Clayton State at Spivey Hall is the sites of live music entertainment. The school is also home to NCAA Division II championship teams.

#13 Armstrong Atlantic State University


Armstrong Atlantic State University is a public university and part of the University System of Georgia. The Savannah, Georgia campus is home to 7,000 students, undergraduate and postgrad. In 1964, the university became a four-year institution. The school offers over 100 academic programs as bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Honors programs and study abroad programs are also available to students at Armstrong Atlantic State University.

#14 Georgia Gwinnett College


Georgia Gwinnett College is a four-year public institution and a member of the University System of Georgia. In only ten years, the school has grown from a student body of 118 to one of 12,000 students in 2016. Georgia Gwinnett College offers various disciplines of study across 15 majors. The university is home to 80 student organizations.

#15 Spelman College


Spelman College is a historically black college for women located in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the oldest such colleges in the country since its establishment in 1881. The school has a long-running relationship with Morehouse College’s all-male school. Spelman has been ranked top in the country for its academics and innovation as a Historically Black College. Currently, just over 2,000 students are enrolled at the school.

#16 Kennesaw State University


Just outside of Atlanta, Kennesaw State University is a public and coeducational school. Student enrollment has risen exponentially, and has reached a total of 33,000 in 2015. Core academic programs include business, nursing, education, criminal justice, and sports management. In 2008, the university conducted dramatic renovations to its  academics, and facilities.

#17 Point University


Point University is a private liberal arts university with Christian churches and churches of Christ affiliations. Previously called Atlanta Christian College, the university took on its new name in 2011. The school of 1,500 students excels in biblical studies, biology, exercise science, business, child and youth development, early childhood education, accounting, marketing, English, history, and psychology among others.

#18 Wesleyan College


Located in Macon, Georgia, Wesleyan College is a private liberal arts college for women. It’s considered the oldest member of the Seven Sisters of the South colleges. The college hosts a small student body of approximately 500 full time students. The campus span 200 acres and includes an equestrian center, gymnasium, and athletic complex, in addition to residence halls, academic buildings, and natural landmarks. Wesleyan gives its students a choice of 35 majors and 29 minors.

#19 Mercer University


Established in 1833, Mercer University is the oldest private university in the state of Georgia. The school is comprised of three campuses: Macon (graduate and professional studies), Atlanta (four-year studies) and Savannah (School of Medicine). Nearly 8,500 students enroll in 12 different colleges, ranging from liberal arts, to business, medicine, music, and theology.

#20 Columbus State University


Columbus State University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In the Fall of 2015, enrollment exceeded 8,000 students, composed of undergraduates and postgrads. Main campus is located in suburban Columbus, although there is a second campus, RiverPark Campus, near the Chattahoochee River, as well as a satellite campus on Fort Benning, Georgia. The school is well-known for its MBA program and servant leadership program, as well as drama and music departments.

#21 Emory University


Emory University is a private school in the metropolitan area of Atlanta. The university is broken down into academic programs including the Emory College or Arts & Sciences, Oxford College, Laney Graduate School, School of Medicine and the Goizueta Business School. The total student body consists of roughly 14,500 students. Emory University has been ranked 21st out of all national US universities and 90th worldwide.

#22 Georgia College & State University


About 7,000 students attend public liberal arts university Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. The school was originally founded as a vocational school for women focused on education and industrial careers. GCSU is home to NCAA Division II sports and also offers an active Greek Life as well as other student organizations.

#23 Georgia Institute of Technology


Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as Georgia Tech or GT, belongs to the University System of Georgia. US campuses are based in Atlanta and Savannah, while international locations include Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shenzhen, China, and Singapore. Six schools make up Georgia Tech, each with an emphasis on science and technology. Student athletics are an important part of student life.

#24 University of Georgia


University of Georgia, or UGA, is located in Athens, about an hour away from Atlanta. The U.S News & World Report has ranked UGA 21st overall against other public national universities. The campus is expansive and includes hilly landscapes, gardens, nature walks, and fields. The university is comprised of 17 schools and colleges, ranging from the School of Law, to the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

#25 Albany State University


Albany State University is a historically black college and a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The school began in 1903 at the hands of Joseph Winthrop Holley, the son of former slaves. During the Civil Rights Movement, the university played an active role. The study body consists of approximately 4,000 individuals, both traditional and non-traditional students. Colleges include the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Science and Health Professions.

#26 Georgia Southern University


Located in Statesboro, Georgia Southern University is a public school, and part of the Univeristy System of Georgia. With a total student population surpassing 20,000, students entering in the fall of 2015 hailed from 49 states and 86 different countries. The school offers 117 academic majors across eight colleges.


#27 Georgia State University


Georgia State University, often referred to as GSU, is a public university and member of the University System of Georgia. Nearly 40,000 students attend the school, 32,000 of who are undergraduates. Over 250 undergraduate programs are offered. The school is home to two extensive libraries, the University Library and the Law Library, which carry a combined 4.3 million volumes. Since 2006, major renovations have expanded the university’s facilities, both academic buildings and athletic and student life centers.

#28 Fort Valley State University


Fort Valley is a historically black college and member of the University System of Georgia. A total of 2,000 students attend the school, of which roughly 91% are African-Americans. Bachelor’s degrees span 50 majors. Master’s programs are available in educations and counseling.

#29 Georgia Southwestern State University


Georgia Southwestern State University, or GSU, is set in Americus, Georgia. The school offers bachelor’s programs, as well as master’s and specialist degree paths. Colleges at GSU include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, and the School of Computing & Mathematic. GSU participates in Division II athletics, and also offers students the chance to join many on-campus organizations, major-related and otherwise.

#30 Oglethorpe University


Since 1834, Oglethorpe University has been a liberal arts college in Brookhaven, near Atlanta. The school is small, with a total population of under 1,000 students. Majors include accounting, art history, behavioral science, biology, chemistry, economics, French, history, international studies, politics, and sociology, among others. The university is home to the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, as well as the Crypt of Civilization, a comprehensive time capsule.

#31 University of West Georgia


The University of West Georgia is located 45 miles from Atlanta in the city of Carrollton, and consists of a 645-acre campus. Each year, approximately 12,000 students attend the institution. The University has been ranked among the top Southeastern Colleges. Academics include undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate studies.

#32 Savannah State University


Considered the oldest historically black college in Georgia, Savannah State University is also a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. This four-year institution is located in Savannah, Georgia and hosts nearly 5,000 students each year. Colleges include the College of Business Administration, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and the College of Sciences and Technology. The university also belongs to the University System of Georgia.

#33 LaGrange College


LaGrange College was founded in 1831 and today is the oldest private college in Georgia. The four-year liberal arts and sciences college is home to about 1,000 students. Over 55 academic programs are offered, including graduated and pre-professional tracks. LaGrange particularly attracts students from the Georgia area, as well as a large number of international students.

#34 Morehouse College


Morehouse College is an all-male, private liberal arts and historically black college set in Atlanta. The institution has maintained its reputation for teaching about the historical and cultural context of black people in America. The college is considered the largest men’s college in the country, with approximately 2,000 students. Morehouse produces Rhodes Scholars every year, many famous leaders, among them: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

#35 Clark Atlanta University


Clark Atlanta University is a private, historically black college operating out of Atlanta. It’s a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) as well as the Atlanta University Center of Consortium. The university is a result of the 1988 merger between Clark College and Atlanta University. Colleges include the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Social Work. Clark Atlanta University is home to Division II athletics as well as an active Greek Life.

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The state of Indiana is located in the regional Midwest south of the Great Lakes. Although it is the 38th largest state, it is also the 16th most populous. There are over 6.5 million residents in total. Local economy has long relied on small industrial cities. Major sports teams include the Indianapolis Colts as well as motorsport racing teams. The state is home to metropolis centers like Indianapolis, as well as top ranked universities nationwide.

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#1 Huntington University


Huntington University is a member institution of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), located in Huntington, Indiana. Just over 1,000 students are enrolled in the school. Students have the opportunity to choose from more than 70 academic tracks, including popular majors like film, exercise science, and social work. Huntington is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics as well as the National Christian Central College Conference.

#2 Indiana University-Kokomo


Also called IUK or IU, Indiana University-Kokomo belongs to the Indiana University system. This North Central Association of Colleges and School institution welcomes over 4,000 students each year, including undergraduates. IUK maintains a 18:1 student ratio and offers 60 degrees, including informatics, criminal justice, business and education as well as master’s programs and associate degrees.

#3 Goshen College


Goshen College is a small school of 775 undergraduate students with ties to the Mennonite Church USA. Goshen boasts an extensive book collection at the Mennonite Historical Library, with 75,000 available volumes. Academics include pre-professional programs like pre-architecture, pre-law, pre-engineering, pre-seminary, and pre-veterinary. As part of a study-service term, students are require to study abroad for a semester or enroll in an intercultural experience.

#4 Bethel College-Indiana


Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, Bethel College is associated with the evangelical Christian Missionary Church. Bethel is a liberal arts institution that enrolls approximately 2,000 students each year including undergraduate and graduate students. All students take Bible courses in addition to traditional liberal arts classes. The institution belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and Division II basketball.

#5 Indiana Wesleyan University


The private, evangelical institution, Indiana Wesleyan University, is located in Marion, Indiana. IWU is considered the largest private university in the state. It is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The school over 15,000 students each year, including undergraduate and graduate students. Students can choose from 87 undergraduate majors as well as professional educational programs. Wesleyan has won awards for its expansive and picturesque campus, which spans 345 acres.

#6 University of Saint Francis-Indiana


The Univeristy of Saint Francis-Indiana is associated with the Roman Catholic Church and Franciscan values. Most students, totally nearly 2,000 undergraduates, hail from the Midwest. The university is home to several notable buildings on campus, including the Brookside Mansion, Pope John Paul II Center, and the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center. A satellite campus is located in Crown Point, Indiana. Colleges include  the School of Creative Arts, School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

#7 Grace College & Seminary


Grace College and Seminary educates students with a foundation of biblical values and character. The main campus of 165 acres is located in Winona Lake. Students choose from programs at the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Behavioral Sciences, School of Business, School of Ministry aStudies, and the School of Professional & Online Education. Campus activities include athletics (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), the college newspaper (The Sounding Board), and weekly chapel sessions.

#8 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


The small private college, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, is located in Terre haute, Indiana. The center for higher education focuses on teaching engineering, mathematics, and science. The student is comprised of approximately 2,233 undergraduate and 70 graduate students. Rose-Hulman’s membership with the College Consortium of Western Indiana allows students to take classes at other schools within the Indiana State University as well as Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Student life consists of Greek Life, honor societies, the performing arts, and athletics.

#9 Indiana University-Southeast

Indiana University-Southeast is located in Floyd County, Indiana, and also considered within the Louisville , Kentucky metropolitan area. About 5,700 undergraduate students and 1,100 postgraduate students study at the school. Common areas of focus include nursing, business, and education. The school offers 55 degree programs in total for seekers of associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students can participate in Greek Life, athletics, and student media.

#10 Anderson University


As a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Anderson University is a Christian liberal arts university. The school has consistenyl ranked high in national polls as a top Midwestern university. There are over 2,000 students at Anderson University each year. Areas of study include business, education, the humanities, performing arts, nursing, behavioral science, and theology. Students can choose from over 100 extracurricular activities, including, Jazz Ensemble, dance team, rugby, Model UN, gospel choir, College Mentor for Kids, as well as social clubs and campus ministries.

#11 Purdue University-Calumet


Purdue University-Calumet, in association with the Purdue University system, is located in Hammond, in northwest Indiana. The main campus is 25 miles from downtown Chicago. Approximately 9,500 students total attend the university each year. Schools include the College of Business, College of Education, the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the College of Technology as well as the graduate school. The university belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

#12 Valparaiso University


Also referred to as Valpo, Valparaiso University is a four-year private institution situated in Valparaiso, Indiana. About 4,500 come to Valpo each year from more than 50 countries. It is known as the largest independent Lutheran university in the country, with five schools of undergraduate study, as well as a graduate and law school. Valpo is comprised of the Old Campus and a new campus, which includes the Brauer museum of Art, Christopher Center Library, Arts and Science Center,James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility, and Harre Union among other facilities.

#13 Indiana University-Northwest


Gary, Indiana is home to the Indiana University-Northwest, or IU Northwest. About 6,300 students, of whom nearly 6,000 are undergraduates, attend the 35 acre campus. Most undergradutes are full-time students, although part-time and evening programs are also available. Schools include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health and Human Services, School of Business and Economics, School of Education, Division of Continuing Studies, Division of Labor Studies, Library and Information Science, as well as pre-professional programs.

#14 Purdue University 


Purdue University’s main campus is located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The institution was originally founded as a school of science, technology, and agriculture. Today, Purdue offers over 200 majors to undergraduate students and more than 70 master’s programs. Purdue belongs to the Big Ten Conference. The school ranks fourth for international student enrollment. Campus landmarks include the Purdue Mall, Memorial Mall, South Campus, West Campus, and Stadium Avenue.

#15 Manchester University


Manchester University enrolls 1,500 students in the liberal arts  disciplines each year. Campus is located in North Manchester as well as a second campus in Fort Wayne, Indiana (College of Pharmacy). The university operates on a 4-1-4 schedule, meaning a fourth month semester, followed by a January session, and then another four month session. Undergraduate students choose between 38 majors. Students can choose to participate in more than 60 organizations, including a cappella choir, black student union, accounting and business, campus interfaith board, dance team,concert band, Habitat for Humanity, Indiana Reading Corps, and economics club.

#16 University of Southern Indiana


Just beyond Evansville, Indiana sits the University of Southern Indiana, or USI. There are nearly 11,000 students at the institution, including undergraduates and graduate students. USI belongs to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. It is also a Division II participant in the NCAA. Students choose from more than 70 undergraduate majors, 10 master’s, and one doctoral program

#17 Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne


Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne is a private coeducational school functioning under Indiana University and Purdue University. Each year, almost 13,500 undergraduate and graduate students attend the university. Campus consists of Indian University School of Medicine academic building, as well as other academic facilities, the National Recreation Trail, and the Fort wayne Rivergreenway. Student athletes can participates in Division I sports (14 men’s and women’s teams).

#18 Indiana University-South Bend


Also within the Indiana University System is Indiana University South Bend of St. Joseph County. IUSB is the third largest university campus in the system. Annually, 8,000 students attend the college. Students choose to study communication, business and economics, health science, education, liberal arts and sciences, and social work. Student organizations include student government, Greek Life, and a weekly student publication: The Preface, along with other student clubs.

#19 University of Indianapolis


Sometimes referred to as UIndy, the University of Indianapolis is a associated with the United Methodist Church. A student population of more than 5,400 can choose between associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The school boasts 23 athletic varsity teams. Teams compete in Division II NCAA athletics.

#20 University of Evansville


The University of Evansville is a private school founded in 1854. The school has an association with the United Methodist Church and offers degrees in the liberal arts and sciences. In addition to its Indiana campus, the University of Evansville also runs a satellite campus in Grantham, England, known as Harlaxton College. The latter is a popular study abroad destination for students at the Indiana campus. Undergraduate and graduate students make up approximately 2,500 students. The school is famously renowned for its theatre department, producing alumni that have gone on to star in television and film.

#21 Indiana Institute of Technology


Indiana Tech, or the Indiana Institute of Technology, private and non-profit institution located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Academically, the university is well-regarded for its programs in business, computer science, criminal justice, education and engineering. Almost 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the school. Campus athletic teams participate in the NAIA, both men’s and women’s teams.

#22 University of Notre Dame


The Catholic research institution, the University of Notre Dame, is situated beside South Bend, Indiana. The campus spans 1,250 acres and hosts many famous landmarks, including the “World of Life” mural, more lovingly called Touchdown Jesus. Academic and student life activities are based on Catholic teachings and sense of character. Athletic teams compete at the Division I level, including the school’s 11 time national championship football team. Approximately 12,000 student choose between degrees in the humanities, sciences, engineering, and business, among others.

#23 Wabash College


Operating out of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Wabash College is an all men’s college of liberal arts. It is only one of three all-male liberal arts colleges in the nation. There are approximately 900 undergraduates each year. Academic departments are focused in the natural sciences, humanities and arts, and social sciences. Students participate in extracurricular organizations such as fraternities and athletics.

#24 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI)


Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI) is located in Indianapolis and is a public research university. A total of 30,000 students attend the school, one third of which are graduate students. Students choose from over 200 degree programs. Both the Indian University School of Medicine and the Indian Univeristy School of Dentistry are located on campus. Students are encouraged to engage with their communities; many clubs offer opportunities to volunteer in various capacities.

#25 Butler University


Butler University is located in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are approximately 4,000 undergraduate students and 600 graduate students. Colleges include the College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Pharmacy and Health Science, and the Jordan College of the Arts. Main campus is only about five miles from downtown Indianapolis. Butler is well known for its experimental theatre work and also boasts an Institute for Study Abroad.

#26 Trine University


Trine University, with 2,000 students at tis main campus, is a private, non-profit school located in Angola, Indiana. Satellite campuses are located in Arizona, Michigan, and other cities within Indiana. Key areas of study include education, engineering, business, and the arts and sciences.Students can pursue associate, bachelor, master’s and doctoral degrees. Student life activities consist of Greek Life, athletics, and Christian ministry, among others.

#27 Marian University-Indiana


Affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, Marian University is home to 2,700 students. The 200 acre campus is located in Indianapolis. In 2009, former Marian College was renamed Marian University. Popular campus buildings include the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab, The Lake Sullivan Sports Complex, and The Riverdale Estate. Studentschoose from 36 majors and 37 minors. Student life activities include student government, business clubs, Greek Life, and the Knights athletic teams.

#28 Ball State University


Ball State University of Muncie, Indiana is a public research university. The institution is home to 20,000 student, one fourth of which are graduate level students. Colleges include but are not limited to the College of Architecture and Planning, the College of Communication, Information and Media, the Indian Academy for Science, and the Center for Business and Economic Research. The student body hails from 48 states, and 43 countries. Students attend events such as the Ball State Cardinal football games.

#29 Franklin College


The liberal arts institution known as Franklin College welcomes over 1,000 students each year. Historically, Franklin was the first college in the state and third in the nation to enroll female students in 1842. Today’s campus spans 187 acres. Prominent landmarks include the athletics fields, woodland area for biological research, Old Main, Johnson Center for Fine Arts, and the Hamilton Library. An estimated 40% of students participate in Greek Life.

#30 Indiana University-Bloomington


Indiana University Bloomington, or IU, welcomes over 40,000 students each year. As a member of the Association of American Universities, IU boasts the Jacobs School of Music, the School of Public Health, the Kelley School of Business, and the Maurer School of Law, among others. In the fall of 2014, students hailed from 49 states and 159 countries. The campus has topped lists as one of the most beautiful in the country. Students can enjoy an extensive library, multiple art and culture museums and a host of extracurriculars including Big Ten Conference athletics.

#31 Martin University


Martin University is situated in Indianapolis. It maintains today its original mission in 1977 of especially serving students from disadvantaged backgrounds. There are approximately 700 students in total, undergraduate and graduate. With an emphasis on non-traditional students, the school also supports an andragogy learning approach where adult students are welcome to bring in their personal life experiences to aid in learning and teaching objectives. Degree programs include biology, chemistry, sociology, criminal justice, religious studies, and addiction counseling, among others.

#32 Indiana State University


Indiana State University, or ISU, is  a public learning institution situated in Terre Haute, Indiana. It has consistenyl ranked high among other top Midwest universities. About 13,000 students attend the university each year, including undergraduate and postgraduate students. As a member of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, Indiana State has maintained its reputation for public service. The university is part of a Laptop Initiative which ensures all students are able to learn with the aid of a laptop computers.  Students are able to choose from 90 academic programs.

#33 Saint Joseph’s College-Indiana

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Saint Joseph’s College, or Saint Joe as students refer to it, is located in Rensselaer, Indiana. Almost 2,000 students attend the school annually. The school is well-regarded for its CORE program of history, political science, natural science, literature, and philosophy. Saint Joe boasts a 97% employment rate for graduating seniors within a year of academic completion.  Students participate in NCAA Division II athletics, including baseball, tennis, soccer, basketball, and football.

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The state of Illinois is located in the midwest region of the United States, bordered by Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, and Indiana. While the metropolitan area of Chicago expands throughout the upper northeast, the southern part of the state remains mostly rural. Primary industries include coal, timber, and petroleum. O’Hare International Airport is located just outside Chicago, and is considered on of the busiest airports in the world. Almost 13 million people live in the state of Illinois. The Chicago River and Lake Michigan both serve the state directly.

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#1 Wheaton College-Illinois


Wheaton College in Illinois is a four-year, non-profit school 25 miles west of Chicago. The school is aligned with evangelical Protestant teachings. A student body of 3,000, including undergraduate and postgraduate, hail from all 50 states as well as 50 other countries, including. The institution has consistently ranked high as a liberal arts college. Wheaton belongs to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers 40 majors to students, in the liberal arts and sciences.

#2 Moody Bible Institute


Located near the North Side of Chicago, Moody Bible Institute is a Christian school founded in 1886. A second campus can be found in Spokane, Washington as well as a graduate campus in Plymouth, Michigan. MBI seeks to train students for full-time ministry work. It’s accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education and National Association of Music. Common majors include biblical studies, theology, and a bachelor of music degree in sacred music.

#3 Lewis University


The Roman Catholic and Lasallian institution, Lewis University, is located in Romeoville, Illinois. The student body is comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 6,500 in total. Students have a choice of more than 80 undergraduate majors or 22 graduate programs. Colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the School for Professional and Continuing Education.

#4 University of St.Francis-Illinois


A Catholic (Franciscan) institution, University of St.Francis is located in Joliet, Illinois. About 1,300 student attend the school each year. The campus spans across 22 acres southwest of Chicago. Notable buildings include the City Center Campus, Tower Hall, the Pat Sullivan Recreation Center, and the Motherhouse.

#5 Trinity Christian College


Trinity Christian College is located in Palos Heights Illinois, near Chicago. The institution is a four-year liberal arts college which offers 70 programs in which to focus. Core curriculum studies include philosophy, history, English, and philosophy. Recent expansions have brought about programs such as information technology, graphic design, social work , exercise science, and communication disorders. The study body includes more than 1,000 students. The school encourages missionary and study abroad programs, to countries such as Kenya, Ecuador, and Spain, along with many others. Two master’s programs, counseling psychology and special education, are new to the school’s academic programs.

#6 National Louis University


National Louis Univeristy, or NLU, is located near Chicago, with additional campuses in Wisconsin, Florida, and Poland. NLU maintains a reputation it has long held as a leader in professional training of early childhood education theory. The university houses the School of Business and Management, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

#7 School of the Art Institute of Chicago


SAIC, formally referred to as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, specializes in art and design. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered. The school has been ranked in several polls as a top art school in the country. SAIC belongs to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and hosts approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year.

#8 Aurora University


This liberal arts college hosts 5,000 students each year pursuing bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. The school is located in Aurora, Illinois, 40 miles from downtown Chicago. Popular majors include education, nursing and business, and online education and social work programs. Aurora’s campus stretches across 32 acres, including residence halls, the Phillips Library, Parolini Music Center, and the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action.

#9 Dominican University


Dominican University is a private Catholic institution located in River Forest, Illinois. In addition to bachelor’s and master’s programs, PhD programs are also available. Popular programs include majors in the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences, as well as information science, business, and social work.

#10 Elmhurst College


A four-year liberal arts institution, Elmhurst College is situated in a suburb of Chicago. Approximately 3,350 students attend the school each year. Facilities include many academic buildings, in addition to theaters, gyms, tennis courts, and student life centers. Since admittance of Japanese racial minorities in 1943 who has been sent to live in internment camps, Elmhurst College has a long-bolstered reputation for social justice.

#11 Northeastern Illinois University


The community of North Park is home to Northeastern Illinois University, a public state school in Chicago. Additional campuses are focused in the metropolitan area. Over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the school each year. The student body is 39% White, 32% Hispanic, 10% African American, and 9% Asian. Students earn degrees from one of three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Management, and the College of Education.

#12 Lincoln Christian University


Lincoln Christian University is a four-year, co-ed institution that promotes Christian teachings and a broadened world perspective. The main campus is located in Lincoln, while additional campuses are located in Normal, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana, and Las Vegas, Nevada. The residential Bible college offers certificates, and associate and bachelor degrees. The Seminary also offers master’s programs such as a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. LSU belongs to the National Christina College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

#13 Concordia University Chicago


Situated in River Forest, Illinois, Concordia University Chicago is a Lutheran liberal arts school. Over 5,000 undergraduates and graduate students attend the school. Colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, the College of Business, and the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. The institution is associated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

#14 Trinity International University Deerfield


The Trinity International University, or TIU, is located in Deerfield, Illinois. Undergraduate and graduate students total about 3,000. The school is home to a theological seminary, as well as the Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California. The school is accredited by the Commission on the Institution of Higher Education of the north Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Athletics at the school include men’s baseball, soccer and cross country as well as women’s volleyball, softball, and cross country, among other sports.

#15 Loyola University Chicago


A Catholic university, founded by Jesuits, Loyola University Chicago has a long list of notable alumni including current Speaker of the House, a top-level executive at McDonalds, and several other alumni who have gone on to win Emmy, Grammy, Peabody, and Pulitzer awards. Loyola welcomes approximately 16,000 students each year. More than 80 undergrad and 140 graduate programs are offered to student. The school operates 6 campuses in the Chicago area, as well as international programs in Beijing and Ho Chi Minh City.

#16 Northwestern University


This private university, Northwestern University, is headquartered in Evanston, Illinois. Additional campuses are located in Chicago, San Francisco, and Qatar. The university offers students 124 undergraduate degrees, and 145 graduate degrees. NU is known as a prominent research institution with an extensive doctoral programs. Northwestern originally founded the Big Ten Conference and today continues to compete in the NCAA’s Division I Big Ten Conference.

#17 Judson University 


The Christian liberal arts school, Judson University, is located in Elgin, Illinois. The university is a result of the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. About 1,300 students attend the school each year. ore than 60 undergraduate are offered by the school and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the only private Christian univeristy to do so. Fine arts such as theater, music, and art and design are incorporated into programs of study as well as extracurriculars.

#18 Benedictine University


Benedictine University is a private Roman Catholic school out of Chicago. The school was founded in 1887 by the Benedictine monk of St. Procopius Abbey. Central location of the university makes internship and employments opportunities more readily available. Students choose between 56 majors in subjects such as human resource management, exercise and sports studies, clinical psychology, finance, linguistics, and public health.

#19 Saint Xavier University

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Saint Xavier University on the southside of Chicago is a four-year, co-ed school. The university was originally founded as a women’s college in 1846. Saint Xavier has an expansive campus including facilities such as the Warde Academic Center, the Visual Arts Center, the Graham School of Management Building, and many other academic buildings, as well as a small chapel. Additional campuses are located in Orland Park and Gilbert, Arizona. The school participates in the National Association of intercollegiate Athletics and offers over 40 undergraduate majors.

#20 Quincy University


The Catholic liberal arts school, Quincy University, of the Franciscan Order is located in Quincy Illinois. The schools enrolls roughly 1,500 students each year. Areas of study at the institution are broken down into behavioral and social sciences, fine arts and communication, humanities, and science and technology. The univeristy is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Quincy competes in NCAA Division II athletics.

#21 Illinois College


Illinois College is a private and liberal arts school associated with the United Church of Christ. It was the first college in the state of Illinois to hand out a degree in 1835. Each year, about 1,000 come to Illinois College to participated in over 80 areas of discipline. The school hosts research programs, as well as permanent research facilities, like the Starhilll Forest Arboretum and the Congressional Museum and Archives. The school encourages opportunities to study abroad, to counties  such as Spain, Japan, Germany, England, and Australia.

#22 Illinois Institute of Technology


This private research university is located in Chicago. Illinois Institute of Technology is also referred to as Illinois Tech or IIT and is well-regarded as a PhD-granting institution. Common area of study include science, engineering, psychology, information technology, design, and law. Approximately 7,800 undergraduate and postgraduate students attend the school each year. Students have the option of choosing between numerous student organizations including Student Government Association, Student Union Board, and TechNews.

#23 University of Chicago


The prestigious institution of the University of Chicago is a private research school located in the city of Chicago. Since its establishment in 1890, UChicago has devised various undergraduate and graduate programs under the direction of disciplinary committees. Today, these exist within the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, Pritzker School of Medicine, Booth School of Business, and School of Social Service Administration, among others. Approximately 15,000 students total study at the univeristy today. The university boasts a long list of prominent alumni. Campus stretches across 217 acres in the Hyde Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods and has been consistently been revered for its beauty among national publications.

#24 DePaul University 


DePaul University is a private school located in Chicago. It became the largest student body of any catholic university in 1998. DePaul emphasizes enrollment especially for first generation students or those otherwise disadvantaged. Undergraduates total nearly 16,000 students, whereas graduates add an extra 7,600. Colleges are spread across two campuses: Lincoln Park and the Loop. DePaul is known for its diversity on the basis of race and ethnicity.

#25 Chicago State University


Chicago State University is a public state school based out of Chicago. Approximately 4,700 students attend. The school is also a member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Heath Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy.

#26 University of Illinois at Springfield


This public liberal art school is located in Springfield, Illinois. The University belongs to the University of Illinois System as well as the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. At UIS, nearly 5,700 students attend to pursue one of 27 undergraduate degrees or 20 master’s degrees. The university belongs to the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference.

#27 North Park University 


An institution of 3,000 students, North Park University has a combined campus with the North Park Theological Seminary. In addition to the undergraduate college, academics also include the North Park Theological Seminary, School of Adult Learning, School of Business & Nonprofit Management, School of Education, School of Music, the School of Nursing, and Community Development. North Park University has 8 men’s and 9 women’s athletic teams which belong to the NCAA Division III.

#28 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


The coeducational university, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, or SIUE, is situated about 20 miles northeast of St.Louis, Missouri. Doctoral, graduate and undergraduate programs are available to a total student body of approximately 13,300. A majority of student hail from within the state. Common majors include science, medicine, education, business, government, sports and entertainment.

#29 North Central College


North Central College of Naperville, Illinois is a coeducational, liberal arts college. It belongs to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin and enrolls about 3,000 students each year. There are 70 degree paths to choose from. The 65-acre campus includes several residence halls, a fine arts building, a concert hall, and black box theatre. The average acceptance rate sits at 57% for first year students.

#30 Eastern Illinois University


This state university is located in Charleston, Illinois and was established to grant two-year teaching degrees. Eastern Illinois University today specializes in baccalaureate and master’s degrees in business, sciences, arts, education, and the humanities. Approximately 9,000 students attend each year. Campus life offers over 150 student organizations to choose from including the school’s newspaper, the Daily Eastern News.

#31 Illinois Wesleyan University


The undergraduate liberal arts college, Illinois Wesleyan University, is situated in Bloomington, Illinois. A student body of almost 2,000 can choose between 80 majors, minors, and programs. Academic programs are broken up into 17 programs including the School of Music, the School of Theater, and the School of Nursing, among others. Students are encouraged to study abroad, with over 300 options to choose from in 70 different countries.

#32 University of Illinois at Chicago


The University of Illinois at Chicago is considered the largest in terms of students (29,000 total) in the Chicago area. Campus is located near the Near West Side and Chicago Loop subway system. UIC boasts the largest medical school in the country. Areas of speciality include programs geared towards physicians, pharmacists, dentist, and nurses. The university competes in NCAA Division I Horizon League athletics.

#33 Greenville College


Greenville College is a four-year school with a liberal arts focus and connection with the Free Methodist Church. Campus is located in a small town 45 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri. About 1,100 students attend the university. Students who attend the university must agree to a “Christ-honoring”lifestyle on campus. Competitive sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, and track and field.

#34 Monmouth College


Monmouth College welcomes 1,300 undergraduate students each year to its liberal arts campus in small town Monmouth, Illinois. Students can choose from 35 majors and 30 minors as well as over a dozen pre-professional programs. Monmouth was the originally founder of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest. The teacher student ratio is 11:1. Students have the option to continue research and further studies abroad.

#35 Euerka College


The town of Eureka hosts Eureka College, a small institution of higher education with approximately 785 students. Common majors include history, political science, business, education, communication, fine arts, and the performing arts. Eureka belongs to NCAA Division III athletics including basketball, tennis swimming, golf and track and field.

#36 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, or UIUC, is a public research center. The university belongs to the Association of American Universities and offers students more than 150 programs of study. Campus straddles Green Street, giving the university both a city-like as well as residential feel. Lead by the Student Sustainability Committee, the university is dedicated to minimizing its carbon footprint. The university hosts a Research Park, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and Prairie Research Institute.

#37 Illinois State University


Founded in 1857, Illinois State University is the oldest public university in the state. Undergraduate sand graduates make up 20,100 students total. Schools include the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Applied Science and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences. Campus consists of the Quad, a popular meeting places, the Milner Library, and residence halls in addition to many academic buildings.

#38 Millikin University


Millikin University is a private co-educational school specializing in the art and sciences, business, fine arts, and professional studies. The school welcomes about 2,400 undergraduate students each year. Student life consists of an active Greek Life and athletics. Millikin boasts numerous notable alumni, as artist, actors, athletes, authors, business figures, and politicians.

#39 Roosevelt University


Roosevelt is a private and coeducational university of 7,000 students. It’s made up of two campus locations: Chicago, Illinois and Schaumburg, Illinois. The basis of curriculum is a call towards social justice. Roosevelt is home to the Chicago College of Performing Arts and five other colleges. Student Life includes an active greek life as well as Black Student Union, Colleges Against Cancer, Student Government Association, and the student newspaper.

#40 Columbia College Chicago


Columbia College Chicago is an independent liberal arts school that welcomes undergraduate and graduated students pursuing one of over 80 degrees. Columbia hosts several research-based, cultural, and educational associated organizations such as the Center for Community Arts Partnerships, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Center for Black Music Research, and the Sherwood Community Music School. Nearly 9,500 students attend the school.

#41 Blackburn College


The Carlineville-based school, Blackburn College, focuses on a liberal arts education. It’s considered within the Greater St.Louis metropolitan area. Blackburn is one of seven colleges in the country to identify as a work college, which has put in place a work program required for all on-campus students. Academic facilities include the Alumni Hall of Biology, Bothwell Conservatory of Music, the Lumpkin library, and the Marvin and Ingrid Mahan Science Laboratory Wing.

#42 Knox College


Knox College is a private liberal arts school established in 1837. It’s located in Galesburg, Illinois. Knox College has consistently ranked high amongst online and college review publications. Knox operates on a trimester basis and requires professors to teach only two of the three trimesters, so there is more time available for one-on-one mentoring with students. Student activities include Greek Life, language clubs, book clubs, neuroscience club, and educational studies club, among others.

#43 Northern Illinois University


Northern Illinois University is situated in DeKalb, Illinois. It’s a public research university of approximately 20,000 student including undergraduates and postgrads. There are seven colleges within the academic curriculum, 60 majors for undergrads to choose from, 79 graduate programs, and more than 20 pathways for doctoral candidates. NIU belongs to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Campus stretches 756 acres and hosts a myriad of residential halls, academic buildings, and athletic and student life facilities.

#44 Bradley University


The private institution, Bradley University, is set in Peoria, Illinois. The university holds 22 accreditations and and offers undergraduates 100 programs to choose from–30 for graduate students. More than 240 student organizations are offered on campus, including athletics, forensics, Greek life, and Common Ground (in support of the LGBTQ community).

#45 MacMurray College


MacMurray College is a four-year private college situated in Jacksonville, Illinois. The student body of 570 is considered 26% ethnically diverse. MacMurray has consistently ranked high for its dedicated to public justice. On average, the institution offers 26 majors and 16 minor programs within a liberal arts curriculum.

#46 Rockford University


Rockford University was originally established as the Rockford Female Seminary in 1847. Today, the school is a private liberal arts college with 1,2000 students. Rockford offers students 80 majors, minors, and areas of concentration. Colleges include Arts and Humanities, Science, Math, and Nursing, and Social Sciences, Commerce and Education. The school is a member of NCAA Division III athletics.

#47 Augustana College-Illinois


Augustana College is located in Rock Island, Illinois. The college is a liberal arts school of about 2,500 students. Campus stretches 115 acres along the Mississippi River. Augustana ranks high when it comes to liberal arts graduate students earning PhDs. Academic programs are focused in accounting, applied mathematics, history, astronomy, foreign languages, literatures, philosophy and physics, among a long list of specialities. The school has an active student life, made up of sports, Greek Life, and academic clubs and organizations.

#48 Western Illinois University


A public university in Macomb, Illinois, Western Illinois University was originally founded in 1899 as a teacher training institute. Today, the university spans across two campuses: Macomb and Moline, Illinois. Academic offerings include 69 undergraduate majors and 42 majors at the graduate level. Sports teams at the university participate in the NCAA Division I Summit League.

#49 Southern Illinois Univeristy Carbondale


Carbondale, Illinois is home to Southern Illinois University. SIU consists of over 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students pursuing more than 200 graduate and 70 master’s programs. There are an additional 31 doctoral programs available to students. The Student Center is a lively gathering place for student life, including  study spaces, dining facilities, ballrooms, and bowling and billiards facility. Student organizations include athletics and the student newspaper.

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