38 Safest Colleges in Missouri for 2016

MissouriThe state of Missouri is located in the Midwest region of the United States. Missouri shares borders with Tennessee, Iowa, Kentucky, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. In addition, it contains portions of the Missouri River, Ozark Mountains, Ohio River, and starting points for the Santa Fe Trail, Oregon Trail, and Pony Express. Today over 6 million people reside in the state of Missouri. The state’s largest cities include Kansas City, St.Louis, Columbia, and Springfield. The state is famously known for the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The state has played an integral role in American society, particularly during the Civil War, as a border state located along the Mason-Dixon Line. Missouri is home to a variety of music, cultural, and entertainments events each year.

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 Columbia College – Missouri

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The liberal arts and sciences college known as Columbia College is located in the city of Columbia, Missouri. Every year, about 2,100 undergraduates attend the school. Columbia was originally founded by the Christian Church Disciples of Christ and maintains those affiliations today. Students choose from academic programs related to art, business administration, criminal justice, computer science, mathematics, education, humanities, nursing, and adult education programs. The school has consistently ranked high for its academic rhetoric as a liberal arts college in the Midwest. Student athletes can participate in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#2 Park University

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Parkville, Missouri is home to Park University. The private school welcomes nearly 9,500 students each year, almost 1,000 of whom are graduate students. Park University has been accredited by the North Central Association of College and Schools. Park has a unique reputation for providing courses to members of the U.S military. Student athletes can participate in sports such as basketball, cross country, track & field and volleyball as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#3 Maryville University

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The private school Maryville, University is located in St. Louis County, Missouri. About 2,800 students choose from over 90 degrees as bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees. Students hail from all 50 states and 47 countries. Schools include the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, Walker College of Health Professions, John E. Simon School of Business, Catherine McAuley School of Nursing, and the School of Adult and Online Education. Students can take advantage of the recently renovated library with over 54,000 square feet and more than a quarter of a million volumes.

#4 Webster University

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Webster Groves, Missouri is home to Webster University, a non-profit private school. The student body consists of a total of 22,000 students pursuing degrees in business, liberal arts, fine and performing arts, and education. Students hail from all 50 states and 140 additional countries. In the early 1940s, Webster University became a pioneer in racial integration in the educational system. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs among others. While main campus is located in a suburban setting, additional international campus locations include Switzerland, Austria, Thailand, China, and Ghana. Student athletes compete NCAA Division III sports.

#5 Evangel University

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The private Christian school of Evangel University is located in Springfield, Missouri. A total of 2,000 students attend classes on the 80-acre campus. The school is well-regarded for its Teacher Education Program, facilitated by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Evangel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. In addition to academics, students can choose to participate in over 50 student-run organizations.

#6 Central Methodist University – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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The coeducation liberal arts college of Central Methodist University – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, or CMU, is located in Fayette, Missouri. Students, totaling 3,400, pursue bachelor’s, master’s and associate’s degrees. Campus stretches 55 acres and includes residence halls and academic buildings, in addition to the Morrison Observatory, Swinney Conservatory, Puckett Field House, The Little Theatre, and the Phillips Recreation Center. Student athletes participate in Division I NAIA sports.

#7 Ozark Christian College

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Joplin, Missouri is home to Ozark Christian College, a small non-profit private college. Approximately 650 students attend the college each year. Ozark is associated with the Restoration Movement of Christian churches and churches of Christ. Most academic programs focus on Christian History, the Bible, ministry, and music. Student athletes participate in sports such as basketball, soccer, and volleyball within the Midwest Christian College Conference. Ozark Christian College is accredited by the American Association of Bible College (Association for Biblical Higher Education).

#8 St. Louis College of Pharmacy

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St. Louis College of Pharmacy, or STLCOP, is an independent school located in St. Louis, Missouri. Academics incorporate liberal arts and sciences into a curriculum focused on professional study of pharmacy. Undergraduates total about 700 students, and graduates make up an additional 650 students. Most pharmacists in the St. Louis area have earned their degree from the college. St. Louis College Pharmacy has been ranked for one of the strongest pharmacy degree programs in the country. Graduates report an average annual income of approximately $119,281. Student organizations include dance team, a literary magazine, Greek Life, and International Students Organization (ISO).

#9 Hannibal – LaGrange University

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Hannibal, Missouri is home to Hannibal-LaGrange College, a four-year liberal arts school. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, HLGU enrolls about 1,150 students each year. Students can choose from 30 majors, including computer information systems, education, criminal justice, accounting, Bible, pre-chemistry, and sociology.

#10 Missouri Baptist University

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Missouri Baptist University is situated in Creve Coeur, Missouri and is home to approximately 4,900 students. It’s an evangelical Christian university spread out over 81 acres and also includes many satellite campuses in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Students pursue both undergraduate and master’s degrees, including a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts. Students can participate in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, including baseball, bowling, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, track and tennis.

#11 Southwest Baptist University

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The private institution of Southwest Baptist University welcomes 3,500 students every fall. Affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention, SBU maintains campuses in Bolivar, Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield, Missouri. The university hosts six colleges, including the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Education and Social Sciences, and the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry, among others. Campus includes Plaster Stadium and Athletic Center, the Harriett K. Hutchens Library and the Felix Goodson Student Union plus residence halls and academic facilities. Extracurricular clubs include Nursing Club, Bike Club, small group ministry, Habitat for Humanity, and the Society of Art.

#12 Washington University in St. Louis

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The Washington University in St. Louis, or WUSTL, enrolls almost 4,000 students each year. Washington University is well-regarded for its graduate programs and amenities as a top research facility. The school presents a rigorous academic program, with roughly a 13.7% acceptance rate for incoming freshmen. In particular, the School of Medicine and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work have highly ranked programs. Other colleges include the School of Design & Visual Arts, Business, Arts & Sciences, School of Law, the School of Social Work and Public Health and the School of Medicine. Washington University is home to a variety of research centers that have participated in studies such as the Human Genome Project.

#13 Missouri University of Science & Technology

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The Missouri University of Science & Technology is situated in Rolla, Missouri. About 8,900 students attend the school each year. Most common areas of study include science, engineering, and mathematics, as well as arts, humanities, business and social sciences. The school has ranked particularly high nationwide for its academics and relative affordability. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division II sports or intramural sports. Students can also become involved in student media and Greek Life.

#14 University of Missouri – St. Louis

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The public University of Missouri-St.Louis enrolls about 13,500 students each year. Among those students, 3,200 are undergraduates. Students pursue degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels in schools like the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Education. The university is home to a variety of research centers as well as student media studios, residence halls, and academic buildings. Greek Life consists of six sororities and fraternities.

#15 Fontbonne University

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Clayton, Missouri hosts the liberal arts school Fontbonne University, which has a Catholic affiliation. Fontbonne belongs to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and welcomes over 3,000 undergraduates and graduates each year. Students can pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Student athletes play within NCAA Division III sports, including baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, track & field, and volleyball. It’s also a member of the St.Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

#16 William Woods University

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The coeducational school of William Woods University is set in Fulton, Missouri on a rural campus. Approximately 3,800 students attend the school each year. The school was orginally founded in 1870 under the name Female Orphan School, in response to children orphaned during the war. Today, the school serves men and women as well as non-traditional students. The school is a member of the North Central Association, under accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. Special academic opportunities include the American Sign Language program, equestrian studies program, and a degree in homeland security. Students can become involved in over 40 extracurricular activities including athletics, volunteer opportunities, and cultural and faith-based groups.

#17 Truman State University

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Truman State University, or TSU, is a liberal arts school situated in the small town of Kirksville, Missouri. About 6,200 students total enroll in the university, including approximately 350 of who are postgraduates. Student pursuing a bachelor’s degree can choose from 48 different programs. Campus includes many frequented spots including the Quad, the Bell Tower, and the Pickler Memorial Library. Colleges include the School of Arts and Letters, the School of Business, the School of Health Sciences & Education and the School of Social & Cultural Studies. Students can join over 250 student organizations including campus media, religious groups and service-oriented clubs.

#18 Northwest Missouri State University

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Maryville, Missouri hosts Northwest Missouri State University, a public school open to undergraduate and graduate students. About 6,400 students attend the school each year. Campus encompasses the Missouri State Arboretum as of 1993. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II athletics; Northwest Missouri belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Other student organizations include the Blue Key Honor Society, religious clubs, performing groups, and Greek Life organizations.

#19 Stephens College

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The all-women’s college, Stephens College, is located in Columbia, Missouri. It’s the second longest running all-women’s college in the nation today. Approximately 850 students attend the school each year. Campus is in an urban setting that stretches 86 acres. Degrees are focused in the liberal arts, within the schools of Design, Health Sciences, Equestrian Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies and Performing Arts. Student are encouraged to study abroad in places like Ecuador, Sweden, England, Ireland, Japan, and Korea.

#20 Missouri Southern State University

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Joplin, Missouri hosts Missouri Southern State University, a public school. The four-year school admits about 5,600 students each year, in addition to approximately 50 postgraduate students. Besides academic facilities, campus is also home to the Leon C. Billingsly Student Center, Ummel Technology Center, Thomas E. Taylor Performing Arts Center, Bud Walton Black Box Theatre. Students can become involved in Greek Life as well as more than 70 student organizations. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II athletics.

#21 Avila University

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Students at Avila University arrive at campus in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of about 1,400 students attend the school each year, undergraduates and graduates. Bachelor’s and master’s programs are available in 36 concentrations such as a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Business Administration. Campus spans 50 acres and includes a fieldhouse, theatre, student union, and library. Students can choose to be a part of 40 student clubs such as the Student Social Work Association and Student Senate.

#22 Saint Louis University

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The Roman Catholic University, Saint Louis University welcomes 13,500 students each year. In addition to the Saint Louis campus, the school maintains an additional campus in Madrid. It’s considered the second oldest Jesuit university in the United States. Campus includes the Pius XII Memorial Library, the Clock Tower, the School of Law, and the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. Students can choose from over 100 programs and 80 postgraduate programs. Athletics belong in the NCAA Division I including sports like soccer, baseball, softball, cross country, and volleyball.

#23 Rockhurst University

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Rockhurst University is a coeducational school in Kansas City, Missouri with Jesuit affiliations. Approximately 3,000 students attend the school each year. Rockhurst is accredited by both the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students are encouraged to follow Jesuit principles of learning alongside public service. Campus includes the Quad, religious facilities, athletic centers, and community gathering areas. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division II athletics.

#24 William Jewell College

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The four year-liberal arts school, William Jewell College, is located in Liberty, Missouri. The suburban college is home to 1,100 students each year. Once a Baptist-affiliated college, William Jewell today is independently run. Students choose from over 40 academic majors in addition to 10 professional programs. Athletes participate in NCAA Division II sports; the college also belongs to the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Students can also participate in sororities and fraternities.

#25 Lindenwood University

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Lindenwood University of Saint Charles, Missouri is a coeducational liberal arts school. Students totaling 12,200 can earn undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. Over 121 majors are available to students within 10 colleges. The school is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students can also aspire to honor societies and the Honors College. Extracurricular programs include Greek Life and NCAA Division II athletics.

#26 Missouri State University

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Missouri State University, also referred to as MSU and MO State, is located in Springfield, Missouri. The public school of 26,000 students offers degrees such as a bachelor of science in business at a sister campus in Dalian, China. Undergraduates can choose from 150 programs and more than 45 programs are available to graduate students. The MSU College of Business has a reputation as the biggest business school in the Midwest. Students are encouraged to participate in the Study Away programs, which allows them to continue their study in all corners of the world. Athletic facilities includes the Plaster Sports Complex and the JQH Arena. Other student outlets includes the Darr Agricultural Center and the IDEA Commons (Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Art).

#27 Southeast Missouri State University

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Approximately 12,000 students attend the public school of Southeast Missouri State University located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Additional campuses are located in southeast Missouri. The university has a long reputation for academic programs related to teacher education. Notable buildings on campus include the Foreign Language Building, Houck Field House, Houck Stadium, Kent Library, and the Seabaugh Polytechnic Building, in addition to many residence halls and academic buildings. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division I sports. Students can also become active in Greek Life.

#28 University of Missouri

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Columbia, Missouri is home to the University of Missouri, or MU. Nearly 33,000 students attend the school each year, as undergraduates and postgraduates. Students are offered over 300 degrees from across 19 academic buildings. MU is well-regarded for its research facilities related to medicine,  veterinary medicine, engineering, agriculture, and law. The school not only belongs to the Association of American Universities but also functions as a Doctoral/Research Extensive. One of the first of its kind, the Missouri School of Journalism was founded in 1908. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division I sports.

#29 Kansas City Art Institute

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Kansas City Art Institute, or KCAI, enrolls about 600 students in its fine arts and design programs each year. The school is an accredited by the National Associaiton of School of Art and Design, the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, anf the North Central Associaiton of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Common academic programs include graphic design, sculpture, creative writing, digital media, and photography. Students can participate in a number of on-campus events such as the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Atkins Museum of Art.

#30 Drury University

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The liberal arts college of Drury University is located in Springfield, Missouri. Each year, approximately 5,500 students attend, including almost 4,000 graduate students. Drury is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers 54 undergraduate majors. Professional programs are carried out at the Breech School of Business Administration, School of Education & Child Development, and the Hammons School of Architecture. Drury encourages student to study abroad, including a programs in Aegina, Greece.

#31 Missouri Western State University 

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Around 6,000 students attend Missouri  Western State University in Saint Joseph, Missouri, each year. An additional 120 students come to the school to earn master’s degrees. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II athletics such as baseball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis. Each summer, Missouri Western State University hoses the Kansas City Chiefs training camp.

#32 Westminster College – Missouri

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Westminster College is a liberal arts undergraduate school located in Fulton, Missouri. Over 1,000 students attend the school each year to pursue degrees in 36 majors, 34 minors, and 12 professional programs. Westminster has consistently ranked high as a top liberal arts school in Missouri and all of the Midwest United States. All incoming freshmen are paired with two seminar mentors to guide their academic pursuits and ease the transition from high school. Students can participate in over 70 student clubs, including honor societies and Greek Life. Students are also encouraged to study abroad from a list of over 250 countries.

#33 University of Central Missouri

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The University of Central Missouri, or UCM, is located in Warrensburg, Missouri. Each year over 14,000 students attend the school, including undergraduates and graduates. The study body hails from 49 states and 59 countries. Students can choose from over 150 programs, in addition to 10 pre-professional programs and 37 graduate programs. Common majors include, political science, communication and sociology, music, criminal justice, educational leadership and human development, and elementary and early childhood education. Students also have the option of studying in over 150 countries.

#34 University of Missouri – Kansas City

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The public research univeristy known as the University of Missouri-Kansas City welcomes 16,000 students each year. Colleges within the university include the School of Biological Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Medicine, and the School of Pharmacy, among others. Students can choose between 8 sororities and 8 fraternities as a part of Greek Life. Student athletes participate at the NCAA Division I level. The school celebrates many traditions, including pie eating contests, skits, talents shows, and car rallies.

#35 Harris-Stowe State University

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The historically black school known as Harris-Stowe State University is located in midtown, St. Louis. The four-year university welcomes 1,300 students each year to pursue degrees across 31 majors, minors, and special certificates. Schools include the Anheuser-Busch School of Business, College of Arts & Sciences programs, and the College of Education. Students can participate in dozens of clubs including honor societies, Greek Life, and sports teams belonging to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#36 Lincoln University – Missouri

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Lincoln University of Jefferson City, Missouri is considered a historically black college. The school welcomes in approximately 3,000 students each year to pursue both undergraduate and graduate coursework. Lincoln Univeristy belongs to NCAA Division II sports, including football, cross country, basketball, soccer, and track & field. Students can also become involved in marching band, student media, fraternities and sororities.

#37 Culver – Stockton College

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The four-year liberal arts school known as Culver-Stockton College is located in Canton, Missouri. Each year, about 830 students come to the 140 acre-campus. Campus encompasses a science center, performing arts center, stadium and library. In addition to 12-week course sessions, students also participate in a 3-week intensive course that encourage domestic and international firsthand work experience. Academics are developed within the fields of business, education, applied arts, fine arts, natural sciences and mathematics, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and the nursing program. Students can become involved in sports affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Atheltics as well as Greek Life and honor societies.

#38 Missouri Valley College 

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Nearly 1,800 students attend the liberal arts institution of Missouri Valley College. Campus spreads over 150 acres situated in Marshall, Missouri. Students can choose from 27 academic programs accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Studies include nursing and community counseling programs. Student athletes participate in sports through the National Association of Intercollegiate Atheltics. Greek Life is also available to students through four fraternities and three sororities.

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7 Safest Colleges in North Dakota for 2016

North Dakota

North Dakota is located in the Upper Midwest region of the United States. The state shares border with Minnesota, South Dakota, and Montana, in addition to international borders with Canada (Manitoba and Saskatchewan). A total of over 6.5 million people reside in the state. North Dakota’s largest cities include Fargo and Bismarck, the state capital. Oil extraction has long been a major industry in the local economy. North Dakota has been a leader in welcoming refugees as part of a resettlement process. North Dakota is also home to many Native American tribes. Additional state revenues come from the agricultural and energy innovation.

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 Dickinson State University

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The four-year public school, Dickinson State University or DSU, is situated in Dickinson, United States. Approximately 1,300 students attend classes on the urban 100-acre campus. Students can choose from over 75 areas of academic concentration across 10 departments. Common majors include nursing, natural science, business management, education, and agriculture in addition to teacher education. All students attend core curriculum classes in humanities, natural sciences, fine arts, mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences.  Student athletes participate in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics such as cross country, volleyball, football, and rodeo.

#2 Valley City State University

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Valley City, North Dakota is home to Valley City State University. The student body over nearly 1,400 choose from more than 80 undergraduate programs such as social science, business, information technology, math, and science. Many students hail from within state, although the school has also made an effort to attract international students as well. Student sports teams, the Vikings, participate in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and as part of the North Star Athletic Association.

#3 University of Jamestown

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The liberal arts college University of Jamestown shares affiliations with the Presbyterian Church. Almost 1,000 students attend the university in Jamestown, North Dakota. The school recently launched a program known as Journey to Success. The programs aims to equip student for the professional workforce through a strong liberal arts foundation, personalized career counseling, first-year mentors, guaranteed internships, and promised graduation in four year. Student athletes participate in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#4 University of Mary

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Bismarck, North Dakota is home to the Catholic institution of the Univeristy of Mary. Each year, approximately 3,200 students attend the school. The University of Mary is the largest within the state. Additional campuses are set in Fargo, North Dakota, as well as Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, Kansas, Missouri, and Arizona. The rural campus stretches approximately four miles and includes facilities such as the The McDowell Activity Center (MAC), The Leach Fieldhouse, and the Leach Center for Student Life. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II competitive sports.

#5 Minot State University

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Minot State University, or MSU, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to a total of about 3,500 students. Degrees are granted within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Health Sciences. A total of more than 60 majors are available to students. In addition to NCAA Division II athletics, students can also become involved in student publications, like the student newspaper Red and Green.

#6 North Dakota State University

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Officially deemed the North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, the university is more often referred to simply as North Dakota State University (NDSU). About 14,500 students attend classes at the 258-acre campus in Fargo, North Dakota. Academics include 170 undergraduate degree programs, 79 minor options, 81 master’s degrees and 47 doctoral programs. Besides the main campus, the universities also maintains facilities at NDSU downtown as well as many research centers. Common academic pursuits include engineering, health professions, human development and education, agriculture, and arts, humanities, and social sciences. The North Dakota State Bison athletic teams participate at the NCAA Division I level.

#7 University of North Dakota

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Grand Forks, North Dakota is home to the University of North Dakota, or UND. Each year, approximately 15,000 students attend the public research institution. Campus is set in an urban area spanning 550 acres. The school’s best-regarded academic programs include law and medicine. UND has consistently ranked high among other public universities on a national scale. Other strong academic programs include aerospace, nutritions, engineering research, and health sciences. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division I athletics. UND is committed to sustainability and has worked consistently to reduce waste on campus.

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8 Safest Colleges in Mississippi for 2016

Mississippi

The state of Mississippi is located in the southern United States and is bordered to the west by the Mississippi River. Although Jackson is the largest city in the state and also the capital, the metropolitan area has around 175,000. The total state population is around 3 million people. Mississippi has had a long tradition of agricultural industry due to its vastly rural regions. Besides the Mississippi River, the state is also home to the Big Black River, the Pearl River, the Yazoo River, the Sardis Lake, the Grenada Lake, among many other rivers, lakes, mountains, and coastal plains. Mississippi is considered one of the most religious in the country, especially Methodist, Presbyterian, and Baptist denominations.

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 William Carey University

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The private liberal arts college, William Carey University, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. An additional satellite campus is located between Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi. Each year, more than 4,000 students come to the school in pursuit of ministry, theatre, communication, and nursing degrees. The school is home to the WCY College of Osteopathic Medicine, the state’s second medical school. Students participate in extracurriculars such as student government and the student newspaper.

#2 Belhaven University

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Belhaven University, or BU, is located in Jackson, Mississippi. It’s a Christian liberal arts school home to over 4,200 students. Students can choose from 27 bachelor degree programs and an additional eight master’s programs. Other campus locations can be found in Atlanta, Memphis, Houston, and Orlando. Common areas of study include graphic design, history, business administration, communication, biology, accounting, political science, and social services. Student athletes compete in the NCAA Division III, for the American Southwest Conference.

#3 Mississippi State University

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Oktibbeha County is home to Mississippi State University, or MSU. Other campuses are set in Meridian, Biloxi, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. The school is best regarded as a research institution. There are twelve colleges at MSU, including the College of Business, the School of Human Sciences, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students can participate in on-campus events and organizations such as a national literary magazine, a local radio station, and the Old Main music festival.

#4 Delta State University

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Delta State University, or DSU, is situated in Cleveland, Mississippi. It’s a public school that welcomes 3,300 students each year. Campus spans 332 acres and includes 64 academic, residential, and research buildings. This includes facilities for the Delta Music Institute. Student can choose from 42 majors within four colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, and the School of Nursing. Nearly a  third of students are African-American. Delta State is home to a large flight school, which offers a Commerical Aviation degree. Students can participate in a variety of extracurriculars, including NCAA division II sports.

#5 University of Southern Mississippi

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The public school of the University of Southern Mississippi, affectionately referred to as Southern Miss, is situated in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. About 14,500 students attend the research university accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the Hattiesburg campus, a second campus is located in Long Beach. Students can study within six colleges, including the College of Business, College of Nursing, and the College of Science and Technology. The university has a large study abroad program, including a British Studies program in the center of London each summer.

#6 Jackson State University

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Located in Jackson, Mississippi, Jackson State university, or JSU, serves nearly 10,000 students each year. JSU belongs tot he Thurgood Marshall College Fund and was originally founded by the American Baptist Home Mission Society of New York City. Campus stretches 245 acres and includes 51 academic buildings. Ayer Hall, for example is a historic building recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. The university recently became to first in the state to create a School of Public Health. Students can become involved in athletics, as well as marching band, student media, and a myriad of other student clubs.

#7 Tougaloo College

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The liberal arts school known as Tougaloo College is a historically black college. Each year, roughly 900 students attend the school located in Madison County, Mississippi. In addition to academics, Tougaloo holds its students responsible for civic engagement and public service. Tougaloo has consistently ranked high in the region as a top liberal arts institution. Students can participate in athletics belonging to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

# Millsaps College

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Jackson, Mississippi hosts the liberal arts college known as Millsaps College. Over 900 students attend the school each year, as well as roughly 75 graduate students. Students can pursue degrees such as a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. First-year students are required to participate in a writing intensive to build up a body of work by the conclusion of their sophomore year. Millsaps has ranked high for its academics and associated costs. The student body is made up of students from 26 states and 23 countries. Students can also participate in Greek Life, athletics, and a Navy-12 program for training Navy and Marine officers.

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30 Safest Colleges in Minnesota for 2016

Minnesota

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).

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#1 Bethel University-Minnesota

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Safest Colleges in New Hampshire for 2016

New Hampshire

New Hampshire is a state located in the New England region of the United States. It was one of the thirteen colonies before the American Revolution. The state was admitted into the Union in 1788 and was the 9th state admitted. New Hampshire sits on the Atlantic Ocean, and it is bordered by Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and Canada. If you want to attend college in New Hampshire, here are the safest colleges to consider.

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 University of New Hampshire at Manchester

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Founded in 1985, the University of New Hampshire at Manchester is considered the safest college in New Hampshire. It is a public university located in Manchester, New Hampshire, and it is part of the University System of New Hampshire. For students who enjoy the outdoors, this university is located on the Merrimack River. The campus crime rate at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester is 0 per 1000.

#2 Granite State College

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One of the safest schools in New Hampshire, Granite State College is a public college founded in 1972. The school is located in Concord, New Hampshire, which is the capital of the state. Granite State College is part of the University System of New Hampshire, and the campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#3 Rivier University

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Located in Nashua, New Hampshire, Rivier University is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1933. The school is associated with the Roman Catholic Church, and it is close to the southern border of the state near Massachusetts. At Rivier University, the acceptance rate is 89%, and the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#4 Southern New Hampshire University

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Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private nonsectarian school located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The school is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#5 New Hampshire Institute of Art

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Also located in Manchester, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Institute of Art is a private creative arts college founded in 1898. It is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, and the school is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. The campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#6 Saint Anselm College

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Founded in 1889, Saint Anselm College is a private liberal arts school located in Manchester, New Hampshire. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and more directly with the Order of Saint Benedict. At Saint Anselm College, the acceptance rate is 74%, and the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#7 Daniel Webster College

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A school located in Nashua, New Hampshire, Daniel Webster College is a private school founded in 1965. The school is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. At Daniel Webster College, the campus crime rate is 1 per 1000.

#8 University of New Hampshire

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Founded in 1866, the University of New Hampshire is a public institution located in Durham, New Hampshire. It is part of the University System of New Hampshire. For students who enjoy the outdoors, the school is located next to the Oyster River. At the University of New Hampshire, the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#9 Franklin Pierce University

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A school located in Rindge Town, New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce University is a private liberal arts college founded in 1962. The school is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Learning of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The campus crime rate at Franklin Pierce University is 1 per 1000.

#10 Keene State College 

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Founded in 1909, Keene State College is a public liberal arts college located in Keene, New Hampshire. It is part of the University System of New Hampshire and associated with the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. At Keene State College, the acceptance rate is 82%, and the campus crime rate is 1 per 1000.

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Safest Colleges in Nebraska for 2016

Nebraska

Nebraska is located in the Midwestern region of the United States, where it is bordered by South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming. The capital is Lincoln, but the largest city is Omaha. The Missouri River is located on the eastern side of the state. Nebraska was the 37th state admitted into the Union. If you want to attend college in Nebraska, here are the safest colleges to consider.

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 College of Saint Mary

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Founded in 1923, the College of Saint Mary is an all-woman’s college that is affiliated with the Catholic Church. The school is located in Omaha, Nebraska, which is on the far eastern side of the state and borders Iowa. It has 632 undergraduate students and 255 graduate students. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#2 Union College – Nebraska

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A school located in Lincoln, Nebraska, Union College of Nebraska is a private institute that was founded in 1891. The school is owned by the Mid-American Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is accredited by the Adventist Accrediting Association. At Union College, the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#3 York College

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York College is a private school founded in 1890 that is located in York, Nebraska. The school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, and it has achieved accreditation from the the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#4 Bellevue University

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A school located in Bellevue, Nebraska, Bellevue University is a private university that was established in 1966. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Bellevue University offers 42 different degree programs, and the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#5 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health

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Founded in 1891, Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health is a private institution located in Omaha, Nebraska. The school is affiliated with the Methodist Health System, and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#6 Concordia University – Nebraska

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Concordia University of Nebraska is a private Christian university located in Seward, Nebraska. It was founded in 1894. The school is associated with the Lutheran Church. Concordia University offers 40 different degree programs with the most popular being Reading Teacher Education. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#7 Creighton University

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Located in Omaha, Nebraska, Creighton University is a private Roman Catholic school that was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1878. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and it has a campus crime rate of 0 per 1000.

#8 Nebraska Wesleyan University

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Nebraska Wesleyan University is a private institution with a liberal arts focus. It was established in 1887, and the school is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is on the southeastern side of the state. Nebraska Wesleyan University is affiliated with the Methodist Church, and the campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#9 Chadron State College

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A school located in Chadron, Nebraska, Chadron State College is a public school that was founded in 1911. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Chadron State College has a 21:1 student to faculty ratio, and the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#10 University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Established in 1908, the University of Nebraska at Omaha is a public research university located in Omaha, Nebraska. The school is part of the University of Nebraska System of universities. At the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the acceptance rate is 71%, and the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#11 Clarkson College

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Clarkson College is a private school that was founded in 1888 and is affiliated with the Episcopal Church. The school is located in Omaha, Nebraska. There are 10 degree programs offered at Clarkson College with the most popular being Registered Nursing. The campus crime rate here is 1 per 1000.

#12 Hastings College

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A school located in Hastings, Nebraska, Hastings College is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1882. The school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#13 Grace University

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Grace University is a private Christian university that was founded in 1943. The university is located in Omaha, Nebraska, and it emphasizes a faith based education. There are 22 full-time instructional faculty members at Grace University, and the student to faculty ratio is 8:1. The campus crime rate here is 1 per 1000.

#14 Midland University

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Located in Fremont, Nebraska, Midland University is a private liberal arts school that was founded in 1883. The school is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church. For students who enjoy the outdoors, Midland University is located less than 30 minutes from the Platte River. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#15 University of Nebraka at Kearney

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The University of Nebraska at Kearney is a public university that was founded in 1905 as Nebraska State Normal School at Kearney. It received its current name in 1991. The university is located in Kearney, Nebraska, and it is part of the University of Nebraska System of universities. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#16 University of Nebraska – Lincoln

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A school located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln is a public university that was founded in 1869, which makes it the state’s oldest university. This school is also part of the University of Nebraska System of universities. The acceptance rate here is 64%, and the campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#17 Doane College 

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Doane College is a private liberal arts college located in Crete, Nebraska. The school was founded in 1872, and it is associated with the United Church of Christ. There are 73 full-time instructional faculty members at Doane College, and the student to faculty ratio is 12:1. The campus crime rate here is 2 per 1000.

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Safest Colleges in Montana for 2016

Montana

Montana is located in the Western region of the United States. The capital here is Helena, but the largest city is Billings. Montana is bordered by Canada to the north. It is also bordered by North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Idaho. Montana was admitted into the Union in 1889, which made it the 41st state. If you want to attend college in Montana, here are the safest colleges in the state to consider.

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 Carroll College

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Located in Helena, Montana, Carroll College is considered the safest college in Montana. This college is a private liberal arts school and is affiliated with the Catholic Church. It was founded in 1909. There are 85 full-time instructional faculty members here, and the student to faculty ratio is 12:1. The campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#2 University of Great Falls

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A school in Great Falls, Montana, the University of Great Falls is a private university founded in 1932. The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, and it is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. For students who enjoy the outdoors, the University of Great Falls is located 20 minutes from the Missouri River. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#3 Montana State University – Billings

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Montana State University at Billings is a public university located in Billings, Montana. The school was founded in 1927 as Eastern Montana Normal School. It received its current name in 1994. This university is part of the Montana State University System of universities. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#4 Montana State University

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Founded in 1893, Montana State University is a public land-grant institution located in Bozeman, Montana. The school is part of the Montana University System of universities. At Montana State University, the acceptance rate is 84%, and the school offers 70 different degree programs. The campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#5 University of Montana – Western

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A school located in Dillon, Montana, the University of Montana Western is a public university founded in 1893. It is part of the Montana University System of universities. The school offers 23 different degree programs with the most popular being Liberal Arts and Sciences. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

#6 Montana State University – Northern

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Founded in 1929, Montana State University Northern is a public university located in Havre, Montana. The school is part of the Montana University System of universities. At Montana State University, the acceptance rate is 100%, and the school offers 45 different degree programs. The campus crime rate is 0 per 1000.

#7 Rocky Mountain College

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Founded in 1878, Rocky Mountain College is a private college located in Billings, Montana. The school is associated with the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church. It is also located less than 30 minutes from the Yellowstone River. The campus crime rate at Rocky Mountain College is 0 per 1000.

#8 University of Montana 

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A school located in Missoula, Montana, the University of Montana is a public university founded in 1893. The school is part of the Montana University System of universities. For students who enjoy the outdoors, the University of Montana is located near the Clark Forke River. The campus crime rate here is 0 per 1000.

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