When you go away to college or, better yet, send your child away for an advanced education, you want the peace of mind knowing that they are safe. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of the 50 Safest Colleges in America. The data to create this list was obtained from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, who keep statistics on campus crime. Criteria for making this list were public and private 4-year universities in the U.S., with an enrollment of at least 5,000 students. Primarily online institutions were not included and most recent data available was for calendar years 2011-2013.
Established in 1970, this independent university of over 19,000 students in New York City, NY was named after Jewish leaders Judah and Isaac Touro. The school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, and there were no on-campus crimes reported for Touro College.
With over 14,000 undergraduates enrolled, this state college in Niceville, FL is part of the Florida College System. The 264-acre campus in the Ft. Walton Beach area of Florida’s Panhandle provides a variety of undergraduate degrees, and there were no on-campus crime incidents here.
A private research university founded in 1955, NYIT is located in New York City, NY and its main Old Westbury campus encompasses over 1,000 acres. With over 12,000 students, there were no on-campus crime incidents reported at NYIT.
Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, NE. With an enrollment of over 10,000, the university has been operating since 1966 and is the 4th largest private college in Nebraska. There were no on-campus crimes reported here.
Established in 1916, this private liberal arts college offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level in more than 25 areas. Recognized repeatedly as among “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News and World Report, the Brooklyn campus of over 5,000 students has no on-campus crimes reported.
Located in Honolulu, HI, this private co-ed university of over 7,000 students was established in 1965. There was just one on-campus burglary reported during the study period.
A private university in Columbus, OH, Franklin University was originally founded in 1902 through a sponsorship by the Columbus YMCA. Now with almost 8,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs, its main campus had just one burglary reported during the study period.
Governors State University is a public university located in University Park, Ill, south of Chicago. GSU was founded in 1969 and, as of 2014, went from just an upper-level university to one that offers undergraduate through doctorate level degrees. There was only one on-campus crime reported involving a vehicle.
St. Johns River State College is a member of the Florida College System and is located in Palatka, FL, on the state’s northeast coast. The college has over 7,000 enrolled students and is an accredited arts school. There were just two on-campus crimes listed during the reporting period at this school.
Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts university of just over 5,000 students. Located in Lakewood, CO, the school was founded in 1914 at the Denver Bible Institute and offers 45 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. There were only two on-campus incidents during the reporting period.
Located in historic New Castle, Delaware, this private non-profit university has an enrollment of over 20,000 students. Many degree programs are offered in its seven colleges at the undergraduate and graduate level. There were just three on-campus crimes reported at this school.
A private Christian university located in Virginia Beach, VA, Regent University was founded by Pat Robertson in 1977. The university offers over 70 courses of study, including a School of Law and a School of Divinity. There were three on-campus crimes reported at this university.
UHD is a four-year state university in Houston, TX that is the second largest university in the Houston area. The 14,000 students at UHD attend a 20 acre downtown campus, and UHD has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as No. 7 among top public universities. Four on-campus crimes were reported at UHD during the reporting period.
With over 16,000 students, the senior college of the City University of New York in Brooklyn has been ranked multiple times by The Princeton Review as a top college for value. This liberal arts college has five on-campus crimes reported during the period covered.
A member of the University System of Wisconsin, UW-La Crosse was founded in 1909 and offers over 100 degree programs in its five schools. The school as over 10,00 students enrolled and had five on-campus crimes to report.
Also known as Metro State, this public university located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota has over 11,000 students enrolled. There are over 70 degree programs at several academic levels. The school had six on-campus crimes reported.
Located in New Albany, Indiana, the Indiana University Southeast is a part of the Indiana University system and is located in the Louisville, KY metropolitan area. There are over 55 degree programs at this school of 6,800 enrolled students. Six on-campus crimes were reported at this school.
One of two satellite campuses of the University of Michigan, UM-Dearborn has over 9,000 students and offers over 100 degree programs. In 2014, UM-D was ranked the 36th best university in the Midwest by U.S. News. There were seven on-campus crimes reported here during the reporting period.
Located in Ocala, FL, this public state college is a member of the Florida College System and offers bachelor’s degrees in several areas. With over 18,000 students enrolled, there were seven on-campus crimes reported here.
The tenth and newest of the University of California campuses, UC Merced, is located in Central California. The campus owns over 7,000 acres of land and has a current enrollment of over 6,000 students pursuing a choice of 21 majors. There were seven on-campus crimes reported here.
Located on Long Island in East Farmingdale, NY, Farmingdale State College is part of the SUNY system and is a public college of the State University of New York. With over 8,000 enrolled students, the schools offers 29 baccalaureate degrees, and there were just eight on-campus reported at this school.
Located in downtown Brooklyn’s City Triangle, City Tech has over 17,000 students enrolled in its 66 baccalaureate programs. This public college had nine on-campus incidents reported.
#23 The New School
The New School is a private, non-profit progressive university located in Greenwich Village, New York City. With over 9,000 students enrolled, the school has a rich history in its open and intellectual teaching environment. The New School had just nine on-campus crimes reported.
Duquesne University is private Catholic university located in Pittsburgh, PA. Founded in 1878, the school now has over 10,000 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs. There were just nine on-campus incidents reported here.
#25 Biola University
Originally founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Biola University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts school in southern California. With just over 6,000 enrolled students, this university in La Mirada, CA had nine on-campus crimes reported.
The Baruch College of the City University of New York system is located in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan in New York City. With over 17,000 enrolled students, the school offers undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs. There were ten on-campus crimes reported here during the reporting period.
Located in Savannah, GA this private, non-profit university was founded in 1978 and has over 11,000 students enrolled in its eight schools. The school is ranked Number 1 for Interior Design by DesignIntelligence, and there were ten on-campus crimes reported at SCAD.
A public university, NJCU is located in Jersey City, NJ and serves over 9,000 enrolled students in its three colleges, offering more than 65 degree programs. Considered a liberal arts school, NJCU had eleven crimes reported on-campus.
#29 Lewis University
A private Roman Catholic and Lasallian university located in Romeoville, Ill., Lewis University brings more than 80 undergraduate and 22 graduate programs to its 6,800 enrolled students. There were eleven on-campus crimes reported here.
A private research university, WPI is located in Worcester, Mass and is an applied sciences and technical arts school. Founded in 1865, WPI was one of the United States’ first engineering and technology universities. Just eleven on-campus crimes were reported here.
Founded in 1807, UMB is the original campus of the University System of Maryland has some of the oldest professional schools of dentistry, law, pharmacy, social work and nursing in the nation. With over 6,000 enrolled students, there were eleven on-campus crimes reported here.
Located in Kirksville, Missouri Truman State University is a public liberal arts and sciences university with an enrollment of over 6,000 students. The school offers 48 undergraduate and 9 graduate programs, and there eleven crimes reported on-campus.
Located in Golden, CO, CSM a public teaching and research university devoted to engineering and applied sciences. With an enrollment of 5,600 students, CSM was ranked 75th in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best National Universities” ranking. There were eleven on-campus crimes reported here.
Headquartered in Marion, Indiana, IWU is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts university that is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination. The largest private university in Indiana, there are over 15,000 students enrolled here and twelve on-campus crimes were reported at IWU.
Also referred to as MTU or Michigan Tech, this is a public research university located in Houghton, Michigan. Rated among the “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review, there are over 7,000 students enrolled here, and just twelve on-campus crimes were reported.
Since 2010, this liberal arts and sciences school in Worcester, Mass has been a part of the state university system. Now with an enrollment of over 6,000 students in its graduate and undergraduate programs, the school continues to grow and reported just twelve crimes on-campus.
Located in Chicago, Ill., this state university was founded in 1867 and has an enrollment of over 7,000 students. Its five colleges offer over 60 degree programs, and there were twelve crimes on-campus reported here.
Located in western St. Louis County in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Missouri Baptist University is a private evangelical university with an enrollment of just over 5,000 students. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in eight areas, and there were twelve on-campus crimes reported during the reporting period.
This public university in Steven Point, Wisconsin is part of the University of Wisconsin system and has an enrollment of over 9,000 students. The school offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in several areas and reported thirteen on-campus crimes.
IU Northwest is located in Gary, Indiana and is a regional university campus in the Indiana University system. Established in 1963, the school has over 6,300 enrolled students and reported thirteen crimes on-campus.
With over 14,000, CSI is a four-year senior college in the City University of New York System, located on Staten Island, NY. The school offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in liberal arts and sciences, and there were just fourteen on-campus crimes reported here.
The oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, WSU is a public university located in Winona, Minnesota. With an enrollment of over 9,000 students, the school offers over 80 programs of study. There were fourteen on-campus crimes reported at WSU.
A private co-ed Catholic university located in San Antonio, TX, UIW was founded in 1881 and sits on a 154-acre campus. There are over 9,900 students enrolled in this school that offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. There were fourteen crimes reported on-campus at UIW.
A private, non-sectarian university located in downtown Boston, Mass. Suffolk University has an enrollment of over 10,000 students, and some of its MBA programs are ranked among the top in the country. Suffolk University had fourteen on-campus crimes during the reporting period.
A public university located in St. George, Utah, DSU has over 8.500 enrolled students and offers more than 150 academic programs. There were just fourteen on-campus crimes reported at DSU.
Located in Highland Heights, KY, just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati, NKU is a public, co-ed university that is primarily a liberal arts school. With an enrollment of over 15,000 students, there were just fifteen on-campus crimes reported at NKU.
A public university in the New Jersey state system, Stockton University is located in Galloway Township, New Jersey and has an enrollment of over 8,500 students. Stockton University had fifteen on-campus crime incidents during the reporting period.
Located in Garden City, New York, Adelphi University is a private, nonsectarian university that is the oldest higher education institute on Long Island. With over 7,800 enrolled students, the school was ranked #153 among National Universities by U.S. News and World Report. There were fifteen crimes reported on-campus at Adelphi University.
Also known as UAFS, this is a public university located in Fort Smith, Arkansas that is part of the University of Arkansas System. UAFS is the fifth largest university in the state, with over 7,500 enrolled students and had fifteen on-campus crimes reported.
Located in Biddeford, Maine, UNE is an independent, non-profit university that was founded in 1831 and has over 8,000 enrolled students. UNE has the only medical school in the state of Maine and there were just fifteen crimes reported on campus here.