PeopleFinders Review

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Summary

PeopleFinders is a data service that allows you to simply and effectively search people with confidentiality and peace of mind. It is a cost-effective option that doesn’t skimp on quality or quantity of information and gives you the added bonus of unlimited background searches.

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Pros

  • The site was very easy to use and provided an easily understandable collection of data.
  • Considering other companies I looked into, the price for what you receive is fantastic.
  • The data returned proved to be very accurate and, though not perfect, it was better than I expected from an online aggregation of information.
  • Cancellation was simple and painless.

Cons

  • When searching myself, I found quite a few ‘relatives’ that were so distant that they would not even know who I was; a wife of a cousin of my brother’s first wife, for example. It was a stretch to label them as relatives.

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  • Some of the relatives listed provided phone numbers and addresses despite having been deceased for over 25 years.

Recently, my teenage daughter was invited to join her best friend and her family on a weekend getaway up north to the family cabin. They talked about skiing and sledding and it all sounded really fun but I was still a little uneasy because I wasn’t that familiar with the family. I decided to put my fears to rest and just do a little searching to make sure that the parents were good people. Truth be told, we don’t know many people in that area and wanted to make sure that the surrounding neighborhood was safe, too.
I looked online for a background search company and was presented with a host of options. I dug a little deeper to find the highest rated research company and eventually landed on PeopleFinders.

Who is PeopleFinders?

Once I decided which company was most attractive, I looked a little more into who they are. PeopleFinders has been in business since 1998 and is stationed in Sacremento, California. They’re considered a DaaS, or a “Data as a Service”, company and the amount of information they have access to is a bit scary but can be very helpful. Their query of information goes back 40+ years, which is going to ensure very thorough results. I was very impressed to see that they have received a plethora of awards including, but not limited to, the “Top 10 Best: Top 10 People Search Sites” and the 3 from the WMA for “Best of Industry; Information Services Standard of Excellence; and Standard of Excellence Award”

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PeopleFinders Pricing and Available Plans

With PeopleFinders, I found the interface much more user-friendly than the others and it allowed me to do a simple search to get what I needed. I was a bit confused at first because it offered a 3 day trial for $2.95 with a $29.95 monthly charge if you kept the service but below that offer it also offered $7.95 for the report and trial together. Upon digging deeper, I realized that the $2.95 price was what would be charged if you ended up canceling within the 3 days. Otherwise, you’d pay the $7.95 each month you continued the service.

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In my opinion, that was a steal of a price so I continued. I noticed at the checkout that there was a spot for a promo code so I did a quick google search to see if I could find something to sweeten the deal and found a 50% off deal but upon continuing through the link it turned out to be more expensive than the price I had already. However, deals change quite often so you might be able to find a discount if you look.

I would caution you to pay attention when you sign up because it offers something called “Rewards” which allows you to do $1 background checks, assisted searches, reports on yourself, genealogy census searches, etc. It says in the fine print that you’ll be charged $24.99/mo for this service and if you aren’t careful you could click right through this without looking. I chose to not go this route and pressed the link below that says, “No thanks, complete my order without signing up for rewards”.

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How to Use PeopleFinders?

The simplicity of the process was very nice. All it required was for me to enter my friend’s first and last name and the city and it returned a few results with the information I needed to choose the correct person. I entered my financial information and submitted the form and within moments I was all set.

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I was absolutely astonished by the wealth of information presented to me as soon as I ran the report. There were no less than 50 relatives, all listing their addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and maiden name. No doubt, the long list included cousins and distant family. It listed her property ownership information and gave not only the location but also that she owned multiple properties. It showed no evictions or foreclosures, which showed me that she has maintained good financial standing.

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One thing that surprised me was that it gave me a list of their neighbors with the address and phone number. If I wanted to, I could have easily called the neighbors and asked them for their opinion of her. There are situations where I may have done that but in this instance I did not. Further down, it listed no criminal records, liens, judgements, bankruptcies etc. Essentially, it showed that they both had a clean slate, which gave me the reassurance I needed to trust her.

Because I’m a cynic and I didn’t find any criminal records on the report I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just left empty so I decided to do a little investigating. I looked up a well known criminal to see if he had anything listed and sure enough he had his criminal record posted on the background check along with a foreclosure. This bolstered my confidence in the accuracy of the information I was being given.

Taking it one step further, I wanted to look into the neighborhood surrounding the cabin. With the premium membership, it was as simple as plugging in the address!

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It immediately brought up a list of current and previous owners as well as allowed me to see who the neighbors were.

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I could do background checks on the neighbors that were closest if I wanted to. That, paired with a local sex-offender search, made me feel so much better about sending my daughter off for the weekend. I was confident that the people she was going with and the people she may meet there were all good people and it was very unlikely that she would find herself in a bad situation.

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How Good is PeopleFinders Data?

The membership came with unlimited background checks so I looked myself up. I was glad to see that the information presented was about 95% correct. I continued, almost with a guilty pleasure, looking up family members and other people I knew, just for fun.
Upon returning to the home page I noticed that I was offered a free reverse phone number look-up, so I gave that a shot. I began with myself and it showed me my address as well as who had previously owned my phone number. I ended up looking up a few phone numbers of people I had screened calls from because they had not been programmed into my phone. As it turns out, they were old friends and I was able to reconnect with them for drinks and to catch up. Had I not had this service I would have never known that they had called me and I would have missed this opportunity.

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How do I Cancel PeopleFinders?

It was actually rather difficult to make the decision to cancel my subscription to this site. I found myself intrigued by the endless background checks but eventually had to resign my curiosity and fight the urge to search everyone I knew. Still, some things are better left unknown. When I cut myself off, the cancellation process was very simple. There was a basic form to with a few questions asking you to explain why you were canceling your subscription.

Just as you were about to complete the cancellation, it offered you a discounted rate of $17.95 for continuing your subscription. As nice of a price as this was,I decided not to go ahead with this option.

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PeopleFinders Final Thoughts

Finding myself in a situation where I need to trust someone I don’t know with my precious daughter is a bit terrifying but I was very glad that PeopleFinders was able to give me the peace of mind that I needed. Their information was thorough and reliable and it helped me make an informed decision that I felt good about. Not finding much was the best result I could have hoped for.

The last thing I wanted to find was that she had some sort of criminal records for theft. However, had there been some mark on their records I would have definitely been glad I looked. Thankfully, PeopleFinders offers a level of quality and quantity of information that just doesn’t seem to be available other places.

I really didn’t find anything wrong with the site as a whole – I would definitely use it again if a situation arose that I needed to; Perhaps she starts dating!

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Cyber Bullying: Helping the Bullied, Stopping the Bullies

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Introduction

Children and teens, who are just learning to navigate social relationships, often find themselves in social situations that are fraught with awkward exchanges. When the line between normal, even acceptable, playful teasing crosses into bullying, problems arise. It’s often difficult for them, and even adults, to discern when teasing becomes bullying, and when a laughing together becomes laughing at someone else’s expense.

Simply put, bullying can be boiled down to unwanted social attention. While it can be subtle or blatant; take place online, or in public; be physical or aggressive; there are a few characteristics that can help define bullying.

What Defines Bullying?

RIP is a good mnemonic to help remember the key elements of defining bullying behavior:

Repetition

Bullying is repetitive, especially after the bullied person has asked for it to stop; thus, the bully is aware that s/he is causing the bullied person(s) physical/emotional discomfort, and furthering the power dynamic. Additionally, bullying is often focused, repeatedly, on the same person, or groups of people.

Power

Bullying is done with the intent of hurting others. This can be physically, or emotionally. A bully is fully aware that they are hurting their targets, and do it anyway.

Intent

In general, a bully (or group of bullies) is in a position of social, or physical, power over the person(s) s/he is bullying. The misconception about bullying is that it’s done only by (a) physically strong person(s), or a popular person(s).

For more on the definition of bullying, see the American Psychological Association, Stop Bullying.Gov, or the National Bullying Prevention Center.

What are Typical Behaviors of Bullies?

Bullying behaviors can range from anything to excluding others from social groups, to physical aggression. It is a wide range that includes verbal, social and physical behaviors. For example, verbal, physical and social behaviors are all included in the definition of bullying.

Physical Bullying

Physical Bullying can range from intimidation, threats, and assault. Bullies can resort to any form of violence, such as pushing, kicking, punching or other such examples.

Childhood Example: A child pushes another child down, and steals his toy, or swing, at the playground.

Teen Example: One teen accidentally-on-purpose bumps into another in the hallway, between classes, spilling his books and papers.

Daven, who was bullied as a child, tells Parents and Teens Against Bullying.org, that the constant physical abuse that he endured from his bully, such as flicking, punching, and even having his bully’s snot wiped on him, was humiliating. He describes the effect of this time as isolating, and full of self-doubt, and that like most victims of bullies, he regrets not involving an adult. Daven lived to tell his tale, and recognize that, in his words, “bullying is the weak choice,” but, according to a Yale University study, bullied victims are up to 9% more likely to consider suicide; and, in the UK, some studies have linked up to half of youth suicides to bullying.

 Verbal/Social Bullying/Relational Bullying

Verbal bullying includes harassment in the form of teasing and taunting, such as name calling, manipulation, and spreading false rumors. According to StopBullying.gov, this is meant to destroy the victim’s reputation. Perhaps, most painful, relational and social bullying is also about socially isolating a victim, and making him/her feel like they don’t belong to their peer group.

Childhood Example: You are a poopie pants! You can’t play with us because you smell bad! We don’t play with poopie pants!

Teen Example: A group of girls stops talking as soon as Jennifer approaches. Jennifer, until a few weeks ago, considered those girls her best friends. She asks what their plans are for the weekend, and the girls exchange glances with one another, snicker, and one girl replies, “um, nothing you’d want to do.” The rest of the girls laugh. Jennifer walks away, and the girls immediately start talking and laughing again.

An Anonymous girl shares that her social isolation lead to her eventual need to be home-schooled, via a cyber-program. She says that it all started with a group of girls and a rumor that spread like wildfire; the anonymous victim lost all of her friends, and became increasingly isolated by her bullies. Still, she was not at peace, because her bullies created false social media accounts to leave cruel and taunting messages and comments on her social media pages. She wasn’t safe from their isolation, even in isolation. Ultimately, when she returned to school, her bullies weren’t finished with her. She tried to stand up for herself, but to no avail. Not unlike many bullying situations, this one doesn’t simply end; it trails on and on, highlighting administrative need for no-contact and knock-it-off policies.

Online Bullying

Online bullying consists of harassing a victim through social media, text message, email and other messaging systems. It also includes using a school’s online resources, or false online accounts to destroy a person’s online reputation.

Childhood Example: Depends on the social media access a child has.

Teen Example: Nice bathing suit. Ever hear of a diet? Or the gym?

There is almost no end to the examples of online bulling stories in the media these days. For example, Hannah Smith, was taunted mercilessly regarding her weight, skin condition, and even a death in her family, on the messaging site Ask.fm, for weeks leading up to her suicide in 2013. Or, there is the story of Grace K. McComas, who was cyberbullied for months leading up to her suicide in 2012.

Online Bullying – Sexually Explicit Subcategory

Online bullying may have a sexual component, such as blackmail, as the bully may have access to compromising information or explicit content. The misconception is that the teen always sends the compromising material to the bully themselves. This isn’t always the case; and even if it were, it doesn’t, or shouldn’t matter. For example, in the case of Erin Andrews, the TV Sportscaster and personality who was famously involved in the “peephole” video and subsequent cyberbullying saga, she was videotaped, in the nude, in her hotel rooms, as she traveled for work, without her knowledge over the course of several years. Her life and career was nearly destroyed by a bully, and she continues to endure cyberbullies who tweet and message her regularly about the incident. Often, teens have photos (or videos) taken of them in bathrooms, through windows, or when they are unconscious. The very real pain at the loss of reputation, coupled with the mockery from peers, can be devastating.

Take the suicide of Jessica (Jesse) Logan, a typical, otherwise happy high school senior from Ohio, who sexted a nude to her boyfriend. They broke up, and he cruelly sent the photo to everyone at their school. She tried to soldier on, but her grades dropped, she started skipping school, and to make it through the day, she’d hide in the bathroom to avoid the students who were calling her a slut, and a whore. She even tried to make the best of a bad situation, going on a local news program as a victim’s advocate for cyberbullying, hoping to prevent something similar from happening to someone else. But, after attending the funeral for someone else, another suicide, Jesse came home and hung herself in her closet.

Who are Most Targeted for Bullying

Bullying can seem random, sometimes; but current research shows that nearly a quarter of students report being bullied. There is some data to suggest that certain types of students are at more risk for bullies than others, and certain personalities are more at risk for being bullies than others.

Students who are more likely to be bullied are generally perceived as “different” than their peers. LGBT youth, and those with disabilities, are especially at risk. However, these, and others, are protected under the law, from such provocation. For example, race, religion ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation and disability are all protected classes, under national law. Schools should all be versed on law, and have policies in place to protect these students, should conflicts arise.

Aside from the general idea of those who are less popular than the “in crowd,” students who simply don’t get along well with others, appear anxious, or are unable to defend themselves against provocation are easy targets for bullies. Of course, those who look different than others are always targets for bullies as well; this means that those who are overweight, or who dress differently, or wear their hair in a different fashion. None of the above list will necessarily guarantee that someone will be harassed, but it will certainly not help, if a bully is out to get them.

Often, educators focus on the victims of bullying, and fail to identify the types of students who can become bullies, and therefore don’t intervene before there’s a potential problem. But, it’s equally important to help the bully; according to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Group, 60 percent of boys who were bullies in middle school had a criminal conviction by 24. Shockingly, 40 percent had three or more convictions.

Bullies are born from students who are not only overly-concerned with social status, but also with dominance over their weaker peers to bolster, or mask, their own self-esteem issues. Bullies that turn to physical aggression, not surprisingly, often have issues with violent behavior, and with following rules and standards, and often “hang” with the wrong crowd. Perhaps most importantly, according to a University of Washington and Indiana University Study, administrators may be able to spot them early and intervene, by noting that bullies are far more likely to come from troubled and violent homes.

Cyber Bullying

Definition of Cyberbullying:

The same qualities of repeated, intentional, and social/psychological power plays are involved with cyberbullying. The only difference is that the bullying takes place via electronic mediums such as cell phones, computers or other electronic devices. Cyberbullying can be threatening text messages, e-mails; or, it can even rumors or information posted on public, social media sites or message boards. It can take place exclusively online; or, bullies can combine cyberbullying with traditional bullying.

Cyberstalking

It’s easy to confuse cyberbullying with cyberstalking, especially because we often hear these words used interchangeably, sometimes. It’s especially easy to become confused because cyberbullying has an element of stalking to it: the relentless messaging, the social media pages, and the ability to track the victim, online.

However, cyberstalking is a bit different. Cyberstalking is a repetitive, malicious vendetta often with no legitimate purpose, ironically against a very personal target, carried out with premeditation and obsessive zeal. Cyberstalkers disregard all warnings to stop their illegal activity, and reasonable reasons to stop (like that they are causing distress to another human being).

How is Cyberbullying Different?

Cyberbullying is, in many ways, different than “typical” bullying. Cyberbullying is primarily psychological, as it’s perpetrated through social manipulation and intimidation via messaging and interference with one’s social status through message boards and groups. The primary, and most important, difference between cyberbullying, and traditional bullying, is that it can, and often does, occur 24-hours a day. Cyberbullying takes the “repetition part of bullying to the extreme.

Victims have no respite, or safe place, from their bullies. If they are being bullied on their cell phones, their message beep can go off, even in the safety of their bedroom, even when they are asleep. If they are gaming, involved in a safe community of peer players, it can quickly be infiltrated by bullies who attack them with brutal messages, or ostracization.

Another major difference with cyberbullying is that the “power” may not be the same typical social or physical imbalance that a typical bully has over their victim. Instead, a cyberbully may have access to virtual information, such as an “incriminating,” message, e-mail, or photograph that the victim doesn’t want anyone else to see. This is still an imbalance of power, but not in the traditional sense. It changes the power dynamic, and makes power somewhat of a grey area in the bully/victim relationship, as the bully may have access to this information because they were formerly close, or even intimate, with their victim.

Cyberbullying and Sex

Worst of all, much of cyber bullying, especially among older students, is sometimes sexually motivated, or sexually graphic. Even if untrue, cyber bullying can spread false rumors, ruining reputations through social groups. While the CDC reports that sexual promiscuity among teens is down, with an average of less than 30% of teens having engaged in sexual activity in the previous three months, 21% of those surveyed had been drinking or doing drugs, prior to sexual activity. With inhibitions lowered, photos, texts and videos are a problem.

The subjects of the new Netflix document documentary, Audrie and Daisy (2016), are teenage girls who both admit to drinking more than they normally would one night. These girls learn the hard way that the boys they thought they trusted to care for them at their worst are only lying in wait for their weakest moments, snapping photos of them as they disrobe them, probe their nude bodies, and then spreading videos, texts or rumors around their respective schools. Audrie’s will doesn’t withstand the torturous rigor of the texts, emails and constant shaming she feels at the loss of her reputation; she commits suicide. Daisy attempts to kill herself several times, especially when she learns that her perpetrators will not face sexual assault charges, and she’s called a liar and a whore by her fellow students, former friends via text and message, relentelessly.

However, not all victims of cyberbullying find online contact distressing. In fact, according to the Second Youth Internet Safety Survey, 38% of students weren’t bothered by being harassed online. It was only when online harassment crossed into offline harassment as well, did they feel upset by e-bullying.

Importance of Cyberbullying

Estimates of victims of cyberbullying vary; some studies find as many as 40% of students have reported incidents of cyberbullying. According to the CDC, 15% of high school students have reported being electronically bullied, in the past year; and, according to the National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, 7% of students between grades 6-12 experienced cyber-bullying. Noting that cyberbullying appears to more than double, when restricted to high school students, but is reported early, begs intervention and knowledge regarding how students are engaging, and how to intervene as early as possible.

Cyberbullying.org conducted a study that made it especially clear to students what the definition of cyberbullying is. They told students that cyberbullying meant “repeatedly mak[ing] fun of another person online, or repeatedly pick[ing] on another person through email or text message; or when someone posts something online about another person that they don’t like.” With this definition, about 25% of 10,000 randomly selected 11-18 year olds reported that they’d been cyberbullied (over the past seven years); but only 12% in the past year (January 2014). 17% admitted to cyberbullying others in the past seven years; and only 4% admitted to bullying others in the past year.

This data tells us that while we may have been behind, figuring out this arena where students have been harassing their peers, programs and procedures that are designed to target and reduce it, are working. Therefore, we need to continue to both recognize and highlight cyberbullying as a problem, and we need to work toward positive and effective solutions to eliminate it.

Identifying Cyberbullying

Identifying cyberbullying starts by realizing that you need to look for both victims and bullies. Unlike traditional bullying, victims and bullies share some similar behaviors, such as hiding their phone screens from teachers, quickly minimizing computer browser windows from adults, or refuses to discuss their online activity with adults (or others). However, victims and bullies do behave differently in other ways.

 Identifying Cyberbullies

  • Seems to have multiple accounts, or access to others’ accounts
  • Uses electronic devices at all hours of the day, especially (and including) at night
  • Expresses inappropriate anger at limits on electronic device usage

 Identifying Cyberbully Victims

  • Generalized increase in anxiety, depression or frustration
  • Increased anger, frustration or depression after using electronic media
  • Refusal to talk with parents or teachers about online activities
  • Stops using electronic devices
  • Withdrawal from social, or even home, activity

In this video, despite some of the out dated technology, we see many the examples of a “typical,” cyberbully, and a “typical,” cyberbullying victim. The bully makes attempts to socially isolate the victim, makes him feel socially inferior, and is cruel. The victim withdraws at home, seems sad and refuses to discuss his problem with his mother, quickly hiding all evidence.

Identifying Cyberbullying Culture

According to recent data, students are less likely to report cyberbullying when their school promotes a climate with safe peer-to-peer relationships, and a generally safe environment. Currently, there is not enough research on this nebulous topic; but according to Cyberbyullying.org, students who agreed with statements such as, “feel[ing] safe at school,” feel[ing] that teachers at their school really try to help them succeed,” and “feel[ing] that teachers at their school care about them,” were less likely to report either being victims of cyberbullying, or being cyberbullies themselves. The good news, is that while incidents of cyberbullying are up more than 50 percent in the last five years, nearly 70 percent of students who felt harassed sought help from a trusted friend, parent, or other adult authority figure, leaving room for trusted practices to work.

If You See Something, Say Something

There’s no room for bystanders in bullying. With over 80% of teens using a cell phone, it’s difficult to catch; but, that’s why it’s important for adults to be engaged in the lives of young people and adolescents. Ask questions. Be involved. Notice when things are different. Quite simply: pay attention. And remember, bystanders are victims too. Bystanders report symptoms of anxiety, guilt and shame associated with incidents of bullying.

How to Help in a Cyber Bullying Situation

There’s a relatively simple list of items/ideas that can help in any cyberbullying situation:

Form Relationships

Be a friend to youth. Or, encourage your children to have an adult friend. It’s okay if your children feel more comfortable confiding in a coach, or teacher; just make sure they feel comfortable confiding in someone.

Talk it Out

Mediation can sometimes help resolve a bullying situation, if it’s a misunderstanding that has blown out of proportion. Attempt a talk-it-out situation carefully, if you engage a trained counselor as a mediator and you are confident that violence won’t escalate.

Go Online

Make sure you visit websites that your children frequent, with them, and learn the ins and outs of the pages. Get to know their online “friends,” and be aware of their online activity. Know when things change.

Teach Them Appropriate Responses

It’s never a good idea to add fuel to a fire; so, teach your children not to respond to cyberbullies. Don’t give them any information, respond to any messages, or let them know that they are bothering you. In many ways, this is not much different than traditional bullying; as emotional as it may seem, leaving it alone, may be the best answer.

Evidence

Despite the grey areas of the laws, cyberbullying and cyberstalking are against the law. While there is some potential shame and fear associated with cyberbullying, especially if it’s related to sexual activity, or rule-breaking such as underage drinking or drug use, it’s vital that kids and teens are instructed to never delete any harassing messages.

Report

All online services, such as Facebook, or even Craigslist, have reporting services to report unauthorized, or inappropriate usage, and cyberbullying. Without screenshots and evidence, it’s almost impossible to enforce their policies, however. Utilize their reporting services, and provide them with the evidence you’ve saved to quickly put an end to “small” incidents of cyberbullying.

Utilize Law Enforcement

Most schools have resource officers; engage them, and make sure they are aware of incidents of cyberbullying among the students in their purview. More importantly, make sure that they are aware of the laws that govern cyberbullying in their state, and how to enforce them. Resource officers are specially trained to deal with students and adolescents; sometimes, simply allowing the resource officer to intervene is enough to scare the cyberbully into stopping, rather than engaging criminal charges. However, if activity continues, or if harassment is especially malicious, engage the entire team and report activity to the local and state authorities.

Knock-it-Off Policy and No-Contact

If the bullying is especially pervasive or violent, and as such is affecting the learning environment, it is important to make sure that students are supervised and kept apart as much as possible, both to protect their safety, and to keep other students from being affected. It’s important to make sure that the situation is left to fizzle, rather than ignite. An adult can be provided to walk a student to class, to sit nearby, but not necessarily with the student, in the cafeteria, for example.

Appoint Staff at Every Level

An anti-bullying task manager or team manager should be assigned at the elementary through high school level to work with faculty, administrators, counselors and staff to be kept abreast of all new information in the field, and to have “boots on the ground,” as it were, with the students. Engage a staff member who cares about bullying, stopping it, and about student mental health.

Recognize Limits of “Zero-Tolerance” Programs

Zero-tolerance sounds good on paper, and it sounds good to parents; but, for kids it can sound scary and it can make them afraid to report bullying for fear of reprisal, perhaps even fearing that they may be disciplined themselves, as part of the bullying scenario. Zero tolerance policies have their merits, but it’s important to recognize their limits when dealing with complex bullying scenarios, adolescents and teens.

Engage Parents

Parents are a valuable resource. In many cases, they will be the ones who will be able to tell you if the student’s eating, sleeping, or behavior habits have drastically changed, which will help sound the alarm to a more serious situation. Additionally, parents are a great resource to help reinforce school policy; as administrators you want them on your team, so listen to their needs and be conscious of them. Their primary concern, and yours, is stopping their child’s hurt.

Engage the Community

Community leaders, especially city and county leaders such as mayors and city council members have taken strong roles in speaking out against anti-bullying. Take the time to engage them in speaking at your school, or in writing letters to your students. Engage your local sports teams, or other civic leaders to form a culture of anti-bullying at your school.

Environment

The best way to prevent bullying, of any kind, is to create an environment where bullying isn’t tolerated or condoned. In an ideal world, this is easy. All students love one another, and everyone gets along. There’s no gossip, everyone’s a star athlete, plays in the school band, and gets straight A’s. But, that’s not how it works. So, StompOutBullying, makes these Top 20 suggestions for “Stomping Out” Bullying in your school:

  1. Don’t laugh
  2. Don’t encourage the bully
  3. Stay at a safe distance, and help the target get away
  4. Don’t become an “audience” for the bully
  5. Reach out and become a friend to a bullying victim
  6. Help the victim in any way that you can
  7. Support the victim in private
  8. If you notice someone being isolated, invite them to join you
  9. Include the victim in some of your activities
  10. Tell an adult if you see bullying, or are being bullied
  11. Encourage your school to participate in bullying or cyberbullying prevention programs
  12. Start a peer mentoring program at school
  13. Raise awareness of bullying and cyberbullying prevention in your community
  14. Teach friends about being more tolerant of others, even if they are different
  15. Ask your school to set up a private box where kids who are bullied can report it, anonymously
  16. Get someone to sponsor a conflict resolution team
  17. Encourage school administrators to adopt Internet-use policies that address online hate, harassment and pornography
  18. Create events in your school and community to raise anti-bullying, and bullying prevention awareness.
  19. Create bullying prevention awareness posters for your school
  20. Stand up and do something when you hear someone making jokes or comments about: someone’s sexual identity, family member(s), weight, clothing, skin color, accent, or disability.

Stomping Out

Sit with Us

Consider allowing the use of smart phones, especially with apps like SitWithUs, an app designed especially for bullied kids, by a teenager, a victim of bullying herself. The app is designed for kids with no one to sit with in the school cafeteria; they can designate themselves as “alone,” and hope that someone else, an ambassador, will see their avatar and invite them to their table, or vice versa. So far, it’s being used in lunchrooms across the country, and even internationally. It prevents kids from being openly rejected, if they stroll up to a table, and try to make a new friend, while simultaneously being invited to be friends with new people. It means never having to eat alone, and never being rejected.

Cyberbullying and the Law

Currently, cyberbullying is covered at the state level. All states have laws covering cyberbullying, but there is a wide range of what is allowable, for prosecution, or what is considered legal, or protected, under the letter of the law. The Cyberbullying Research Center keeps an updated, interactive map of what states have what laws, including those proposed.

Importantly, laws must consider the fact that cyberbullying can occur both on and off campus. So, laws have to be proposed in such a way that educators have to make a determination whether cyberbullying that happens off campus is having a noticeable detrimental effect on the learning environment on campus. To understand the confusion, realize that states either have decided on criminal sanctions, school sanctions, school policy, or an off-campus policy (or a combination of these).

These terms can be confusing, because they all sound so similar.

Sanction

A threatened penalty for disobeying.

Criminal Sanctions

Because cyberbullying (and bullying) can be classified as a crime, it is subject to criminal punishments.

School Sanctions

Schools get to create and adopt their own disciplinary measures and policies.

School Policy

The bullying law requires all states, apart from Montana, to set an anti-bullying policy to both identify behaviors and disciplinary policies.

School Sanctions

In some states, the bullying law gives the school latitude to discipline students in certain appropriate ways.

Off-Campus

As mentioned above, schools are allowed to discipline students for off-campus behavior, if they’ve determined that it disrupts the on-campus learning environment.

California has a “Yes” in all four categories above, for example; as does New Jersey, Louisiana and Pennsylvania and Tennessee. However, states like Wyoming are only 50% yes and 50% no. There are wide variations from state-to-state.

In some cases, felony harassment charges can be brought against cyberbullies; but, there is currently no federal laws against cyberbullying, specifically. The only specific federal laws, are those that can be brought against protected classes, as mentioned in Section 1. Protected classes, such as those with disabilities, LGBT, or minorities should be versed in the following federal laws. School administrators and staff should obviously be equally aware.

Cyberbullying Education

Education and information is part of the answer to stopping cyberbullying. Teaching our kids how to respond to harassment properly, and teaching our kids how not to bully, is a big part of the solution. So, how soon is too soon to teach kids about cyberbullying?

Kid’s Health recommends framing discussions about bullying, in general, as early as Pre-K, in age-appropriate ways. Eyes On Bullying agrees, pointing out that, often, people overlook early childhood years in bullying prevention, because they underestimate both children’s intelligence, and their emotional maturity. Teach InCntrl promotes cyberbullying education for all students across all areas of the curriculum.

Bullying in very young children can look very different, however, with a strong tendency toward subtle bullying for girls and physical bullying for boys. In an example described in their book, Dr. Storey and Dr. Slaby describe a scenario in which a preschool girl, sitting at lunch begins a game in which she questions the children at her table, requiring them to raise their hands for affirmative responses with prompts like, “who likes X, Y, Z.” All of her prompts are things that all children would be sure to respond in the affirmative to, such as candy, movies and the like. But, when she gets to the end of her inquiries, she asks, “and who likes Madeline?” This is the beginning of social bullying.

hey suggest bullying education for children begin as early as preschool with social skills education, while they develop the language skills to express the feelings they are having. It’s important to catch bullying behaviors while they are happening and reappoint them into appropriate social interactions. Story time and circle, or morning meeting time, they suggest, is a good time to use examples and engagement to point out appropriate ways to interact with peers, and to define the line between teasing and taunting.

Additionally, they recommend the key life skills of empathy, problem solving and assertiveness to both address bullying, and to prevent becoming one. To learn empathy, they suggest that students learn to label their feelings and that they learn to compare themselves to others in a way that helps them appreciate their differences. Additionally, helping others to feel better teaches children to feel better about themselves, and helps reinforce the “golden rule.” Problem solving activities, such as team-work, and rudimentary what-if scenarios help preschoolers learn to deal with frustration in a safe environment to build their self-confidence. Assertion activities, such as teaching kids to keep their cool, and role-playing response scenarios, and learning when to ignore and when to get help are important tools for preschoolers to both build their self-esteem, and to understand the complexities of bullying scenarios.

Counseling and Resources for Victims

There are several, national anti-bullying resource centers set up to both provide information, and to direct victims, parents, and educators to required resources. For example, the Victims of Crime Resource Center Hotline is reachable at 1-800-Victims, and through their website. Additionally, The Cyberbullying Research Center provides links to not only report bullying on all major social media sites, but also information and resources to victims, nationwide. StopBullying.gov also provides access to both information and links to both national phone number databanks, and links to local counselors.

StompOutBullying is a national website with a 24-7 web-chat service for teens to find access to help for support about bullying. Trained counselors monitor the chat room to provide support and assistance to teens who are looking for advice. Additionally, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s (AACP) website provides a clearinghouse of both information about bullying and cyberbullying, but also links to resources and links to counseling services in your child’s area.

 Cyberbullying on Social Media and  Popular Websites

New social media sites pop up seemingly every day. And, just as quickly fade away. Keeping up with what your tweens and tweens are doing online, and who they are doing it with, is important to helping them avoid both their being cyberbullied, or becoming one. For example, a newer(ish) social media site, Musical.ly has taken social media by storm, often outranking Snapchat and Instagram in the App Store. Musical.ly, a seemingly harmless video sharing site, where people can lip-sync to their favorite tunes, is no different than other social media sites, in terms of potential for cyberbullying or predatory danger. Privacy and user settings, and parental oversight can go a long way in preventing many dangerous, and harassment situations.

Facebook

While it seems, sometimes, that Facebook set the gold standard for social media, it seems that teens began migrating away from it sometime ago. Still, they have a bullying prevention hub, especially targeted at teens. In their hub is access to a PDF, which includes step-by-step instructions and conversation starter ideas for teens who have found themselves in harassment scenarios.

The first step, is always to unfriend someone who is bothering you, and block offensive people. Of course, if there are false accounts out there, this can become problematic, and like cutting the head off of a hydra, but start there. And, FB warns that blocking is reciprocal, so you won’t be able to see what they post about you anymore, which can make you feel antsy, wondering if, on their page, false information about you is spreading like wildfire, now that you can’t see it anymore. Still, FB warns that the best steps are to stay calm and not to retaliate. They suggest that if there is something you find particularly offensive, you can delete it from the areas of FB that you have access to, but warn to save things you may need as evidence, if required. Additionally, they provide scripts and prompts to start conversations with people about how to calmly approach online bullies.

Interestingly, the provide the opposite side of the scenario. They provide resources for the bully. They consider what it might be like to be approached by a victim, and be blindsided as a bully, perhaps not even aware that they’ve committed an offensive act. They provide advice for the bully and suggest the most appropriate behaviors if you have been told that you’ve done something offensive to another person. For example, they suggest that you take the other person’s feelings into account, before you get angry and offended, and that the first thing you should do is apologize.

Get access to the entire PDF here. There’s also an area with links and suggestions for parents.

YouTube

Block and Delete. The most common advice of any website is going to start with these simple instructions. If you are being bothered by “troll,” especially in an isolated incident, which, on a site like YouTube is the most likely scenario, the first place they advise starting is to delete offending comments, or to ask the user to do so, and block offensive users. YouTube does have specific polices against hate speech; for example, they do not allow violence or hate speech against anyone based on race or ethnic origin, relation, disability, gender, age, veteran status, or sexual orientation/gender identity. They also have specific policies against setting up fake accounts, “Impersonation,” and any suspicion of such accounts should be reported immediately. YouTube also has very strict policies against Child Endangerment as it applies to depicting sex with minors, so sharing videos of underage children engaged in any sexual activity, is strictly prohibited and should absolutely be reported, especially as it pertains to cyberbullying situations. In these cases, being a bystander is against the law, not only against YouTube policy.

However, the rest of YouTube policy is a little greyer. For example, their policy regarding sexually explicit content is prohibitive when it comes to violent, humiliating or graphic fetish, but is inclusive when it comes to nudity when it is educational, documentary or artistic. Additionally, its graphic or violent content policy is essentially a free pass, so long as its journalistic, and especially if the title is descriptive and/or there is an especially clear warning to viewers.

Threats are taken seriously, and they caution that law enforcement should be engaged immediately; however. But, their policy on harmful or dangerous content, such as videos of drug use or of dangerous “challenges” such as the choking challenge, they deem allowable if the primary purpose is educational, documentary or scientific. Finally, they caution that the best way to avoid anything you don’t want to see is the block and delete button.

Instagram

Because of Instagram’s user settings, and communication settings, it’s particularly easy for cyberbullies to contact, and harass their victims, in various ways. For example, users can add cruel comments and hashtags to user’s photos, or create unflattering photos and attach them to a user’s photo/profile. Instagram has a reporting process for harassment and bullying.

Snapchat

Snapchat’s 10-second-and-it’s-gone makes it both easier, and more difficult for cyberbullies. It allows them to take incriminating photos, sometimes without the victim even realizing it, and send harassment without evidence lasting long enough to be traced. However, with quick knowledge of how to take a screenshot, a victim can track harassment, and there’s a way to stop the onslaught of constant messages. Snapchat has community guidelines, such as no pornography, and protecting someone’s privacy, such as not taking pics without someone else’s knowledge. And, Snapchat’s policy is no screenshots, despite their anti-bullying stance. It’s a nebulous arena. Still, they also have a reporting area; but also recommend a block first policy.

Snapchat does have policies to protect user’s privacy, and to prevent bullying. Primarily, to prevent cyberbullying, they do not allow for invasions of privacy, such as taking snaps of others without their knowledge. Additionally, they don’t allow for impersonation, much like YouTube, which means creating fake accounts, even to impersonate celebrities. Finally, they have a strict no-harassment policy, which means once someone has blocked you, you may not continue to harass them from another account, or from a new account. Their no-nudity policy, especially for those under 18 can contribute to a no-bullying environment by not allowing for embarrassing content, because it even prohibits sexually explicit drawings on otherwise benign snaps.

Twitter

According to both Buzzfeed News, and CIO, Twitter’s refusal to appropriately deal with cyberbullying and online abuse and harassment has drug the social media giant to near death. Twitter promises a revamp and an absolute focus on the issue. Their current advice starts with the same advice as the others: ignore, block and unfollow. They do have a reporting process on their website.

Skype

Skype’s online communities are a great way to meet and befriend all kinds of people, for all kinds of reasons, with all kinds of interests; however, there are all kinds of ways to find trouble when the world is so big. Communities on Skype can often help police themselves, with members reporting to one another when they are having trouble, and using the block and ignore feature. But, like all other social media features, Skype also has a report feature, depending on which interface you are using.

Messenger or Other Forums

Messenger and other chat forums rely on a community standard of “knowing” who you are talking to, rather than primarily stranger interaction, such as YouTube. The best way to avoid harassment is to be engaged with friends and people you are comfortable with, not with strangers. However, like all teens and tweens, social groups change, and falling outs occur, which can spill over into an online community setting. Again, ignore, block and delete when there’s trouble. If there’s evidence, save it. If there’s serious trouble, report it.

Data and Statistics

Much can be drawn from the raw data provided by bullying surveys. The primary data-gatherers on this topic are the CDC, The National Center for Education Statistics, and The Cyberbullying Research Center. Each of these sources compiles and gathers separate, but equally important sets of data that give us vital information.

When looked at, over time, from 2007, through 2016, the rate of reported cyberbullying offenders has declined sharply from 19.1% to 12.0% of students reporting self-reporting; however, the rates also fluctuate significantly from year to year, sometimes as much as 5-7%. Cyberbullying.org compiles data from ten different studies to gather an average of roughly 15.8% students who reported cyberbullying others, across the 9-year study period, with a low of 11.5% reporting in 2009, with an especially low sample class size. Intriguingly, the study compilation shows a sharp decrease in bullies self-reporting in 2009, suggesting that cyber bullying education has been helpful, but then an uptick to outpace 2007 numbers in 2010, and nearly again in 2011. It’s baffling to educators to figure out what works, and what doesn’t, to prevent bullying, when numbers like this present themselves over long spaces of time.

Intriguingly, victimization rates are nearly double the self-reporting rates for bullies, which suggests that either bullies are bullying more than one victim, that victims feel victimized by actions that bullies don’t necessarily feel is bullying, or that bullies are under-reporting. And, unlike the chaotic rise and fall of the bully self-reporting, victimization rates seem on a steady climb since 2007, with the exception of two slight dips in 2010 and 2013. The average reporting rate for victims, compiled over ten studies from cyberbullying.org is 27.9% and includes cyber bullying in all forms, such as e-mail, in the classroom, and over other electronic media.

An interesting comparison to note is the difference between reported victimization rates between middle schoolers and lifetime victimization rates. The rate doubles (or even triples) in almost all cases. This suggest an almost “grace” period in middle school where educators might be able to reach students and target bullying education, before the problem erupts.

Cyber bullying does not appear to discriminate for gender. Unlike other types of bullying where, for example, physical aggression is more typically associated with males, and social aggression is more typically associated with females, cyber bullying is more equally distributed. Both genders appear to be equally associated with cyber bullying behaviors. The disassociated connection with screens makes it easier for both genders to engage with behaviors that they may not otherwise engage in, if they were faced with an individual, making it easier for both genders to engage in cyber bullying behaviors; it’s like it’s simultaneously happening to both a real, and a not-real person.

Subsequently, victims of cyberbullying are also, mostly, equally spread amongst gender. There’s a slightly larger number of reported lifetime female cyber bully victims, but in general, victims are equally spread between male and female, especially amongst the middle school population. This suggests, once again, that the magic moment to reach the student population with cyber bullying education is at the beginning of middle school.

According to cyberbullying.org, middle schoolers use the Internet for a wide variety of purposes, and in descending order, it’s first and foremost for online games and homework, and lastly for chat rooms. Having data like this helps educators fine-tune education programs and gear bullying messages for their students based on what they know their students will be using and where they might be encountering bullying messages.

 Conclusion and Recommendations

Cyber bullying is part of a complex puzzle that, if reduced, improves student performance and success. But, we cannot forget things like the value of parental involvement, drug and alcohol education, other education on other teen behaviors that can affect student life, like sex education. For example, according to the CDC, for example, 10% of teens (over the age of 12) have used illicit drugs in the past month. And, it’s easy to forget, but many students come to school without having eaten a decent meal; in states like Missouri, over 20% of homes have food insecurity, not knowing where their next meal comes from. Alas, cyber bullying is a very important part of a student’s success, but it’s not the only piece of their puzzle.

And, in fact, determining the other pieces, and addressing those, may help suss out the cyber bullying problem. If a student is being bullied for being so-called promiscuous, for example; or, if a student is being bullied because he wears second-hand clothes; or, if a student is being bullied for getting bad grades; it’s obvious that knowing students is helpful. Additionally, having the appropriate district, counseling, and support services is vital to student success in all cases. There is no “stop bullying,” or even “zero tolerance,” in most cases. It is not as simple as enforcing a consequence, or mending a fence; it requires support for the victim, and likely for the bully.

Additionally, based on evidence, bullying education in primary and middle school grades is vital in prevention. As we become more screen-dependent, our children will be versed earlier in technology. Despite the American Academy of Pediatrics’ newly revised, and recently released, guidelines about screen time for young children, parents will continue to expose children to technology at younger ages, until they are practically programming satellites in the crib. If we are to expect our children to understand the limitless joy and knowledge that technology can bring, it is incumbent upon us to teach them the limitless responsibility that comes with it as well, including the responsibility they bear, as in all things, to not cause others pain.

 

 

The Most Bullied States in America in 2016

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Bullying is a major problem in schools across the United States, and it’s only gotten worse as Social Media takes a greater role in the day to day lives of children and teenagers everywhere. To get a better understanding of Bullying in America, our research team examined bullying statistics across the USA to create this list of the Most Bullied States in America.

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Introduction

Bullying presents a major problem for students – it’s not just about feelings:

  1. 22% of all students were bullied during the school year.
  2. Bullying Victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide, according to a Yale School of Medicine Study.
  3. In a study in the United Kingdom, 29% of bullied students self harmed themselves, 14% developed an eating disorder, and 12% ran away from home!
  4. Students who are bullied are at an increased risk for a huge range of problems, including:
    1. Sleeping problems
    2. Anxiety
    3. Depression
  5. Bullies themselves are at risk for violent behavior and substance abuse in the future.

Bullying has a real cost both on education and our pockets as taxpayers. A report by the National Education Association claims that over 160,000 children miss school every day because of fear of being bullied at school.  The National Association of Secondary School Principals report that this lower attendance can cost up to 2.3 million dollars a year, per public school.

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Most Bullied States Ranking

Most Bullied State RankingStateBullying Occurrence ScoreSchool Violence ScoreBullying Impact ScoreTotal Bullying Score
1Louisiana20.557.37513.02540.95
2Idaho23.554.72512.42540.7
3Arkansas20.556.813.0540.4
4West Virginia22.35.1511.839.25
5Nebraska22.65.17510.02537.8
6Michigan22.24.411.0537.65
7Mississippi17.5612.62536.125
8Tennessee19.75.2510.97535.925
9Kentucky19.55.37510.72535.6
10South Dakota205.310.02535.325
11Maine21.053.9759.37534.4
12Indiana17.24.42512.6534.275
13Alabama16.255.911.67533.825
14Texas16.455.4511.47533.375
15Iowa19.655.18.533.25
16Illinois17.454.6511.12533.225
17Utah19.354.3259.42533.1
18South Carolina16.94.32511.632.825
19Kansas19.53.12510.132.725
20Nevada16.64.3511.62532.575
21North Dakota19.952.659.77532.375
22Wisconsin20.153.5758.4532.175
23Georgia16.75.49.67531.775
24Oklahoma17.454.259.77531.475
25Missouri191.47510.6531.125
26California163.62510.830.425
27Pennsylvania17.13.459.82530.375
28New Mexico16.053.27510.92530.25
29Virginia16.654.1758.57529.4
30New Jersey18.052.2258.82529.1
31New York18.153.27.528.85
32Maryland15.755.9257.1528.825
33Colorado16.853.058.62528.525
34New Hampshire20.351.66.1528.1
35Hawaii16.65-11.37528.025
36Ohio17.951.558.2527.75
37Rhode Island13.953.47510.227.625
38North Carolina13.853.9259.82527.6
39Delaware14.054.5758.72527.35
40Massachusetts14.33.2259.1526.675
41Florida13.33.7258.7525.775
42Connecticut16.253.2255.32524.8
43Vermont8.255.1518.35
44Arizona-4.811.97516.775

Sufficient Data was not available from Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Alaska and Washington D.C. Therefore, they are not ranked.

Best and Worst States For…

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Research Methodology

The BackgroundChecks.org Research team identified a number of core issues that impact bullying and bullying behavior:

  1. Bullying Occurrence Score – 50% of Total Score
  2. School Violence Score – 25% of Total Score
  3. Bullying Impact Score – 20% of Total Score
  4. State Bullying Laws – 5% of Total Score

Each of these primary metrics are made up of a number of different measurements. The higher the score, the worse Bullying issues faced in the state:

Bullying Occurrence Measurements

Physical Bullying Incident Rate: This measures amounts of physical bullying that students indicated had happened to them, while on school property.

Electronic (Cyber) Bullying Rate: How often were students cyber-bullied.

School Violence Measurements

Weapon Injury Rate: Rate of Injuries received from a weapon while at school.

School Fight Rate: Rate of involvement in fights at school.

Injury from Fight Rate: Rate of injury from those fights.

Fight on School Property Rate: Rate of fights at school.

Skipped School for Safety Rate: Rate of skipping school because they felt unsafe either at school or on the way there.

Bullying Impact Measurement

Sad or Hopeless Rate: How sad or hopeless students indicated they felt.

Suicide Planning, Attempts Rate: This is a combined measure of suicide attempts, thoughts of suicide, and suicide planning.

State Bullying Measurement

Does the State have laws for violence and bullying at school?

Do the State Laws Specifically address bullying or are they part of a broader framework?

Are Policies in place for bullying in public and private schools?

 

Sources Used for Research

  • Center for Disease Control, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • National Education Association
  • Stop Bullying.Gov
  • National Education Association
  • The Cyberbullying Research Center

For Further Reading and Research

StopBullying.Gov

National Center for Education Statistics Fast Facts on Bullying

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System at the CDC

Bullying Laws and Analysis

 

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45 Safest Colleges in Ohio for 2016

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The state of Ohio is located in the Midwestern United States. Border states include Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The state is home to the Ohio River, and extensive natural landscapes made up of lakes, rivers, swamps, forests, and hilly terrain. Major metropolises are also located in the state, including Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. It’s estimated that more than 11.6 million people currently reside in the state of Ohio. Ohio industry prides itself on a green economy. Most businesses are related to the production of rubber, plastics, metals, and electrical equipment. The state is home to many top performing institutions of higher education, as well as some of the best public libraries in the country.

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 Cincinnati Christian University

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The private Christian school of Cincinnati Christian University is situated in Cincinnati, Ohio. Campus is made up of facilities such as the George Mark Elliott Library, The Eagle’s Nest (Student Center), Hill Top Coffee Shop, the Worship and Ministry building, and residence halls. Most common areas of study include Communication Arts, Youth Ministry, Early Childhood Education, Urban & Intercultural Ministry, and Biblical Studies. The school is accredited by several organizations, including the Association of Theological Schools. Student athletes can participate in Division I sports belonging to the National Christian College Athletic Association.

#2 Union Institute & University

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Union University is a research institution situated in Cincinnati, Ohio. Students at the school can pursue degrees at the BA, MA, and PhD level. Academic programs are available to on-campus as well as off-campus students. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  Additional campuses are located in Vermont, California, and Florida.

#3 Ohio State University – Lima

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Ohio State University-Lima is set in Lima, Ohio and is more simply referred to as Ohio State Lima. A total of approximately 1,400 students attend the Lima campus, in addition to close to 60,000 students across the Ohio State University system. Students can choose from over 140 courses within 9 specific bachelor programs. Besides academics, students can also become involved in extracurriculars such as atheltics and over 20 other student organizations.

#4 Miami University – Hamilton

Hamilton, Ohio is home to Miami University Hamilton. Approximately 3,600 students attend the school each year. Students can pursue bachelor’s and associate degrees as well as a certificate program at the school. Miami University Hamilton is part of the larger Miami University system, with campuses in Oxford, West Chester, and Middletown, Ohio, as well as in Luxembourg. The university is a non-residential campus, although students can become involved in athletics such as softball, basketball, golf, and volleyball.

#5 Cleveland Institute of Art

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The Cleveland Institute of Art in University Circle, Cleveland is among the oldest art and design colleges in the country. Approximately 570 students attend the school each year. Common areas of study include animation, printmaking, jewelry + metals, game design, illustration, and painting among many others. In addition to the bachelor of fine arts program, continuing education, summer workshops, and pre-college programs are also available to students.

#6 Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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The private liberal arts college of Mount Vernon Nazarene University is set in Mount Vernon, Ohio. More than 2,200 undergraduates and graduate students attend the school each year. Bachelor’s as well as Master’s programs are available to students. In addition to main campus at Mount Vernon, satellite campuses are located in Albany, Newark, and Mansfield as well. Students can become involved in such extracurricular activities as student government, mission trips, intramural sports, as well as NAIA athletics including basketball, baseball, cross country, golf, and soccer.

#7 University of Findlay

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Findlay, Ohio is home to the University of Findlay, a private university of about 3,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students can choose from more than 65 academic concentrations. UF specializes in unique programs such as pre-veterinary medicine, nuclear medicine technology, and equestrian studies. Campus spans 73 acres, including its extensive nature preserve and farmland which hosts facilities such as the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex and Animal Sciences Center. In addition to academics, students can participate in over 100 student clubs and organizations.

#8 Malone University

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Malone University welcomes approximately 2,600 students annually to its Canton, Ohio campus. The school has maintained historically established religious affiliations, such as with the Religious Society of Friends and the Evangelical Friends Church International. Nevertheless, the student body is representative of almost 50 different religious sects. Students can study within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, the School of Education and Human Development, and the College of Theology, Arts and Sciences. Student organizations include Multicultural Student Union, Student Senate, and Forensics.

#9 Marietta College

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The liberal arts school of Marietta College is situated in Marietta, Ohio. The total student body is comprised of approximately 1,200 students pursuing degrees in over 45 concentrations. Marietta College is dedicated to providing students with a liberal arts education, but also focuses on such core values as a global perspective, leadership, and community service. High achieving students are rewarded with such honors as the Dean’s List, Freshman and Sophomore Scholars, and Degrees with Distinction. Student athletes can participate in a total of 18 varsity sports.

#10 Lourdes University

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Sylvania, Ohio is home to Lourdes University, a Roman Catholic University that spans 127 acres. Postgraduates and undergraduates makes up a total of more than 1,500 students. Academics are based on a liberal arts curriculum as well as professional programs. Master academics include programs such as business and leadership, human services, and nursing. Besides academic pursuits, students are ingrained with core values based on service, community, reverence, and learning.

#11 Ohio Christian University

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The private institution of Ohio Christian University is located in Circleville, Ohio. Each year, about 3,300 student attend the school to pursue degrees as Bachelor of Arts, Associate of Arts and Masters of Arts. In recent years, OCU has expanded its student center and science and logistic center. Students can join activities outside the classroom, such as athletic and student worship groups.

#12 John Carroll University

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Jesuit Catholic institution, John Carroll University, is a private liberal arts school located in University Heights, Ohio. Approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 700 graduate students attend the university each year. Common undergradutes studies include business, science, and arts. All students must complete coursework in philosophy, religious studies, social justice, global studies, and a foreign language inline with Jesuit teachings of educating the individual as a whole. Students are also encouraged to participate in international programs in places such as England and Japan.

#13 Walsh University

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Located in North Canton, Ohio, Walsh University is a four-year institution with Roman Catholic affiliation. Approximately 3,000 undergraduates and graduates attend the school each year. Students choose from over 50 academic majors with an emphasis on liberal arts. Walsh University also specializes in a physical therapy program, among other rigorous graduate programs. In addition to academic pursuits at the main campus, students can attend classes at satellite campuses within Ohio, an international campuses including Castel Gandolfo in Italy.

#14 Bluffton University

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Bluffton University is a Christian institution that focuses on a liberal arts education. Over 1,000 students attend the school each year. Degrees include bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of arts in education, master of business administration, and master of arts in organizational management. In addition to academic achievement, Bluffton places an emphasis on social engagement and civic responsibility. Students can become active in atheltics, student media, student government, as well as performance groups and spiritual organizations.

#15 Mount St. Joseph University

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The private school of Mount St.Joseph University is situated on a suburban campus of 92 acres. Over 2,300 students attend the Catholic, co-educational school including undergraduates and graduates. Popular graduate programs include education, business administration, religious studies, nursing, and physical therapy. In addition to academics, students can become involved in the student newspaper as well as other extracurriculars.

#16 Lake Erie College

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The liberal arts school of Lake Erie College is set in Painesville, Ohio. Each year, about 1,250 students attend the college. As early as 1954, and as the first to do so, Lake Erie College has encouraged students to continue their studies abroad. Lake Erie is well-known as a top school for equestrian studies. In addition to academics, students can become involved in NCAA Division II athletics.

#17 Miami University – Middletown

Miami University Middletown offers programs within bachelor’s and associate degrees as well as certificate programs. A total of about 3,000 students attend the school, as undergraduates and graduates. Campus spans a heavily forested area, and is considered the oldest regional campus in the Miami University system. Sports teams at the university function within the Ohio Regional Campus Conference

#18 Otterbein University

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Westerville, Ohio is home to Otterbein University, a liberal arts college. A total of nearly 3,000 students pursue studies in over 74 majors and 44 minors, as well as 8 graduate programs. Popular programs include education, music, engineering, and business management. In addition to academics, students participates in more than 100 student organizations including Greek Life and Ohio Athletic Conference athletics.

#19 Ohio Northern University

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Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio hosts more than 3,700 students each year. ONU is comprised of five colleges, including the Claude W.Pettit College of Law. In addition to traditional academic programs, coursework is also available in a distant learning setting. Campus includes facilities like the Music Department building, Robertson-Evans Pharmacy building, and the Dial-Roberson Stadium. Students athletes can participate in NCAA sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and track & field.

#20 Ashland University

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Spanning 135-acres, Ashland University is situated in Ashland, Ohio in addition to satellite campuses in north and central portions of the state. A total of approximately 5,700 students attend the university. Undergraduates alone can choose from about 70 majors. Popular areas of academic studies include environmental science, entrepreneurship, and actuarial science. Students can also pursue a range of education-related majors, incluign pre-K through doctorate related material. Ashland equips students with core values based on global citizenship and service, in addition to academic pursuits.

#21 Case Western Reserve University

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Case Western Reserve University of Cleveland, Ohio welcomes 4,600 undergraduates and 5,600 graduates each year. Students hail from all 50 states and over 100 other countries. Popular academic programs include biology, social work, nursing, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, and psychology. Many alumni have gone on to work for notable software development companies and also include the lead developer and creator of Gmail. Prototypes for such inventions as cronoary artery disease surgery treatment, CPR defibrillation, blood transfusion, and polymers were all first developed at Case Western Reserve University.

#22 Cleveland State University

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Cleveland State University, or CSU, is located in Cleveland, Ohio. Students total over 17,500 and pursue studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities, as well as research and creative endeavors. The school offers 70 majors in additions to 27 master’s programs and 6 doctoral degrees. CSU is known for its partnership with the NASA Glenn Research Center. In recent years, CSU has expanded on campus facilities, particularly in the technology and theater departments. Students are encouraged to get involved via student media and athletics.

#23 Baldwin Wallace University

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Berea, Ohio hosts the liberal arts college known at Baldwin Wallace University. Over 4,000 students attend the coeducational school as undergraduate and graduate students. Common academic programs at the school include neuroscience, business, education, and music. In particular, the institution is well-regarded for the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, which hosts a Bach Festival each year. Students athletes can participate in NCAA sports held at top-notch athletic facilities on campus.

#24 Xavier University

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The Jesuit Catholic school of Xavier University is situated in Norwood, Ohio, just outside Cincinnati. Each year, about 6,650 students attend the university as undergraduates and graduates. Academics are focused on the liberal arts, but as a Jesuit institution, there is also a strong emphasis on education of the whole individual. Highlights on campus include the Gallagher Student Center and the Bellarmine Chapel in addition to the Cintas Center, which hosts many athletic events. A total of 81 majors are offered at Xavier, including theology, history, literature, social sciences, and mathematics.

#25 Kent State University

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More than 30,00o students attend Kent State University of Kent, Ohio as undergraduates and graduates. Since 1910, Kent State has built a name for itself especially in the field of education. Today, over 300 programs are offered to students at the undergraduates, graduate, and doctoral level. Doctorate academics focus on programs such as library science, history, journalism, fashion design, nursing, and business. Campus covers nearly 870 acres and encompasses over 100 buildings as well as natural reserve areas. Kent hosts a number of satellite campuses as well including Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Salem, and Stark. Students can become involved in extracurricular activities such as Greek Life , performing arts, and student media. Athletes at the school participate in NCAA Division I athletics.

#26  University of Cincinnati

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The University of Cincinnati, or UC, enrolls more than 40,000 students each year at the undergraduate and graduate level. It’s considered among the 50 biggest universities in the country. UC, also a public research institution, has consistently ranked high for its academic programs on a national and international scale. UC also ranks high in the number of CEO alumni of Fortune 500 companies. Students can choose from over 350 programs including associate, bachelor, professional, and doctorate programs including music and arts, science and engineering, medical and human services, and business programs. Students can participate in international studies, co-op abroad, and research opportunities in addition to athletics and over 550 other student organizations.

#27 Muskingum University

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New Concord, Ohio is home to Muskingum University. The Presbyterian affiliated institution welcomes about 2,600 undergraduates and graduates each year. Students choose from a total of 40 academic majors and several graduate programs. Campus spans 225 acres including a hilly landscape with over 20 residential, academic, and extracurricular buildings such as the Little Theater, Brown Chapel, Boyd Science Center, and the Neptune Center. Students can become involved in activities such as Greek Life and athletics.

#28 Youngstown State University

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Each year, approximately 15,000 students attend Youngstown State University as undergraduate and graduate students. While some students choose to live on campus, many others commute to classes every day from home or from off-campus housing. In addition to students hailing from around the country, the student body also represents international students from approximately 45 other countries. The school hosts a top notch planetarium, as well as academic and extracurricular facilities.

#29 Oberlin College

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Officially established in 1833, and originally as the Oberlin Collegiate Institute, the Oberlin College of today is considered one of the oldest coeducational institutions of higher learning in the world. The school of 2,900 students is especially regarded for its Conservatory of Music. Students pursue academic interests in over 50 majors and minors. Popular studies include biology, history, politics, and environmental studies. The Oberlin student body is well-known for its commitment to political engagement, LGBTQ activism, student leadership and creative expression through the arts.

#30 Ohio University

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The public research institution, Ohio University, is set on 1,850 acres near Athens, Ohio. A total of approximately 38,000 students attend the university each year at the undergraduate and graduate level. Besides the main campus, additional campuses are located in Lancaster, Dublin, and Pickerington, Ohio to name a few. Students can choose from over 250 areas of concentration within the areas of business, arts and sciences, communication, engineering, fine arts, and technology. Students can join athletics, student media, and service organizations on campus as well.

#31 Urbana University

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The private liberal arts school known as Urbana University is set one hour from Columbus, Ohio in the city of Urbana. Over 1,500 students attend the institution each year. Undergraduate students are offered 28 major concentrations, while common graduate programs such as business administration and education are also offered. Students have many opportunities to become active on campus, including pep band, student government, history clubs, and NCAA Division II sports.

#32 Miami University

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The University of Miami, also referred to as the U of M or The U, welcomes nearly 17,000 students each year as undergraduates and graduates. U of M is home to a law school, as well as research facilities and academic buildings built around atmospheric sciences and oceanography (Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science). Students can choose from 116 bachelor’s programs, 105 master’s programs, and 63 doctoral degrees. In addition to all 50 of the United States, students also hail from more than 150 countries. The school is dedicated to sustainability on campus. Students can get involved not only in NCAA Division I athletics, but also in Greek Life, the student yearbook, the student newspaper, and several honor societies.

#33 University of Rio Grande

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Rio Grande, Ohio is home to the University of Rio Grande, former Rio Grande College. Approximately 2,300 students come to the university each year to pursue such programs as education, fine arts, and nursing. Special facilities like the Greer Museum encourage students to experience art and culture outside the classroom. Rio Grande University is home to a Sculpture Garden as well as the Grande Chorale jazz group. Student athletes can participate in NAIA sports, including men’s soccer, baseball, and basketball, and women’s cross country, softball, and track & field.

#34 University of Dayton 

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A Roman Catholic school, the University of Dayton is a coeducational institution as well as research facility. Approximately 11,000 students attend the university as undergraduates and graduates. Students hail from across the country and around the world, including representation of 40 nations. Students choose from over 80 academic concentrations, including education, health sciences, arts, and engineering, as well as the first program in human rights in the country. Students can become involved in a myriad of activities on the historic campus including ministry, volunteering, and athletics, and are also encouraged to further their education abroad.

#35 Shawnee State University

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Situated in southern Ohio, Shawnee State University is a public school open to both undergraduate and graduate students. In total, about 4,600 students attend Shawnee each year. Students choose from over 80 bachelor’s, associate degrees, and master’s degree programs. Just some of many degrees offered include English and Humanities, psychology, education, computer programming, health management, photography, graphic design, plastics engineering technology, physical therapy, and simulation and gaming engineering technology. In addition to life on campus, students are encouraged to spend time abroad, including programs in Britain, Spain, Greece, and Ireland.

#36 Bowling Green State University

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Over 17,500 students attend Bowling Green State University in Toledo, Ohio each year. The research university offers 200 undergraduate programs in addition to master’s and doctoral pursuits as well. Common research studies executed on campus include sociology, human development, energy, and sustainability. A satellite campus is located in Huron, Ohio (BGSU Firelands). In addition to academics, students can choose from over 300 students organizations to become involved in. Athletes compete at the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Mid-American Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.

#37 University of Toledo

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The University of Toledo, or UT has three campuses, including its main campus in Toledo, and satellite campuses in Scott Park, West Toledo, downtown Toledo, and Maumee Bay State Park. Over 23,000 students attend the school each year. UT, since 2009, has committed to sustainability on its campuses by reducing food waster, recycling, and conserving water. Students can choose from more than 250 academic programs, within such colleges as the College of Communication, College of Engineering, College of Social Justice and Human Services, and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Students can become involved in athletics, research opportunities, study abroad, and service learning.

#38 University of Mount Union

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A private liberal arts school, the University of Mount Union is set in Alliance, Ohio. Each year, the school admits upwards of 2,200 students to its academic programs. The university has consistently ranked high as a leading liberal arts college of the Midwest. Students choose from over 60 majors and 53 minors of concentration. In addition, special areas of study are offered such as programs in pre-ministry, pre-law, and Army ROTC. Student athletes can participate in NCAA sports in a total of 11 men’s and 10 women’s sports. Students can also become involved on campus through Greek Life, theater, and music.

#39 University of Akron

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Public research institution, the University of Akron, is situated in Akron, Ohio. More than 26,000 students attend the school as undergraduates and graduates. Academically speaking, undergraduates can choose from over 200 majors, and graduates have over 100 options in academic programs. Students hail from all over the state, country, and 71 additional countries. The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering and University of Akron School of Law have long been regarded for their rigorous academic programs. University of Akron also leads in science research, particularly in orthopedics and medicine.

#40 College of Wooster

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Each year, approximately 2,000 students attend the College of Wooster in Wooster Ohio, northeast of Columbus. From an early undergraduate level, students are encouraged to pursue research endeavors through a mentorship program. Degrees available include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Music Education. Students are encourage to gain a global perspective through study abroad programs in over 60 countries, in addition to majors such as International Relations and Cultural Area Studies. Students can also become active in the performing arts, student-run media, and athletics.

#41 Defiance College

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Liberal arts college, Defiance College, admits approximately 1,000 students each year. The school places a particular emphasis on social engagement in addition to academic excellence. Undergraduates can choose from over 40 majors, whereas graduates choose between a focus in either education or business. Popular programs include forensic science, nursing, and international studies. Defiance athletes participate in over 15 sports teams belonging to the NCAA and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

#42 Notre Dame College

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The liberal arts school of Notre Dame College is set in South Euclid, Ohio. About 2,250 students attend the school annually. The 48-acre academic campus offers students a choice of more than 30 majors. Students hail from all over the United States, as well as 19 foreign countries. Academic programs are broken down into art & humanities, business administration, education, nursing, science & mathematics. Other than academics, students can also become involved in honor societies and athletics.

#43 Wright State University

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Situated in Fairborn, near Dayton Ohio, Wright State University is a public research institution open to men and women. Over 18,000 students attend the school each year. Much of present-day campus sits on portions of the former Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A second satellite campus, spanning 173 acres, is located in Celina, Ohio, on the edge of Grande Lake St. Mary’s. Students can study within colleges such as Nursing and Health, Education and Human Services, Liberal Arts, and Science and Mathematics. Outside the classroom, students can become involved in Greek Life, ROTC, and athletics at the NCAA Division I level.

#44 Wittenberg University

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Springfield, Ohio hosts Wittenberg University, a four-year, liberal arts school. Each year, approximately 2,000 students attend the school as undergraduates and graduates. Students choose from over 70 majors and special concentrations. Wittenberg University has consistently high as a top liberal arts college in the nation. Students are encouraged to become involved in their local community, as well as international affairs. The East Asian Institute for International Studies at Wittenberg University provides students with a study abroad opportunity that also promotes service learning. Extracurricular include Gay-Straight Alliance, student-run media, Pep band, Union Board, among many others.

#45 Ohio Wesleyan University

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Delaware, Ohio is home to Ohio Wesleyan University, a private liberal arts school. Nearly 1,650 students attend the school each year. Students hail from all over the United States, and in addition, Ohio Wesleyan has among the most international students at a liberal arts school in the country. Students pursue degrees as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Music. Nearly 90 majors are offered by the university. Both historically and up until the present day, Ohio Wesleyan places a strong emphasis on international learning and cultural immersion, with notable programs in Salamanca, Spain and Tanzania, Africa.

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8 Safest Colleges in Rhode Island for 2016

Rhode Island

The state of Rhode Island is located in the northeastern United States. It is the smallest state in the country (1,214 square miles), yet the eighth smallest in population. The “Ocean State” is not only bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, but by the states of Connecticuit and Massachusetts. Rhode Island is rich in history, as one of the original Thirteen Colonies, and the first to renounce British rule. Today, Rhode Island is home not only to cities like Providence, Warwick, Coventry, and Newport, but to expansive landscapes and natural points of interest, like the Ninigret Pond National Wildlife Refuge, Rhode Island Sound, Herimoth Hill, and Narragansett Bay. The highest paid elementary school teachers reside in the state. The state is home to many institutions of higher education, as well as local festivals, cultural events, and seaside tourism.

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 Salve Regina University

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The Catholic, coeducational school of Salve Regina University is set in Newport, Rhode Island. Campus spans 80 acres, and includes such historic buildings as the Ochre Court, McAuley hall, and Our Lady of mercy Chapel. Undergradutes and graduates make up a total student body of more than 2,700 students. Students hail from most of the United States, as well as 20 additional countries. The school offers a wide range of academic studies; among the most notable is the university’s nursing program. Student athletes participate in NCAA sports, including 10 varsity women’s sports.

#2 Rhode Island College

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Rhode Island College is a coeducational institution situated in Providence, Rhode Island. Each year, the school admits about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Students pursue academic interests within the schools of education and human development, social work, nursing, management, and arts and sciences. More than 90 majors are offered to undergraduate students and 30 programs offered to graduate students. Outside the classroom, students can become involved in student government, radio, biology club, film society, and Christian Fellowship.

#3 Rhode Island School of Design

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The Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, is located in Providence and specializes in fine arts and design. Over 2,000 students attend the school each year. Students come not only from all over the country, but from 57 foreign countries as well. Undergraduate students choose from 16 majors, and graduates choose from 17. Common concentrations include film, graphic design, interior architectures, photography, painting, and textiles. RISD has consistenyl ranked high as a top arts school within the country. Campus includes the RISD Museum as well as the Fleet Library and Nature Lab.

#4 Bryant University

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Every year, more than 3,600 students attend Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island to pursue degrees of bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, aw well as master’s degrees. Campus spans 428 acres and encompasses facilities such as the Fisher Student Center, George E. Bello Center for Information and Technology, and the Science, Industry, & Business Library. Bryant University is home to NCAA Division I athletics, Greek Life, and student-run media outlets.

#5 Brown University

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Brown University, an Ivy League research facility and private institution of higher educations is located in Providence, Rhode Island. It is among the oldest universities in the United States, since its founding in 1764. Each year, over 9,000 students attend the university as undergraduates and graduates. Distinct programs are hosted by such colleges as the School of Public Health, School of Professional Studies, and Watson Institute for International and Public affairs. The university has produced numerous award recipients, including Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners, and National of Science laureates as well as notable political figures and member of congress and Cabinet officials. Students can join student organizations from a list of over 300, including student publications, immigrant rights groups, improv groups, and social activism.

#6 Johnson & Wales University

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Co-educational Johnson & Wales University is located in Providence, Rhode Island. Over 16,000 students are admitted each year. Common areas of study include education, engineering, culinary arts, business, hospitality, and sciences. Hotels on campus serve as a practicum facility for such disciplines as Food Service Management, Culinary Arts, and Hotel & Lodging Management. Outside of academics, students can become involved in Greek Life and athletics.

#7 Roger Williams University

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Roger William University is a private liberal arts school situated in Bristol, Rhode Island. Campus spans 140 acres, and is home to over 5,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate level. Common majors include business, management, and marketing, architecture, and security, law enforcement, and protective services. A majority of students live on campus, and recent efforts have been made to increase campus sustainability. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II sports such as swimming & diving, soccer, softball, cross country, and lacrosse.

#8 Providence College 

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Providence College, more simply referred to as Providence, is a Roman Catholic institution with a total of nearly 5,000 students. Academics include 49 major offerings, and 34 minors. Most common majors are in business or liberal arts. Campus spans 105 acres, and includes buildings like the Patricia Ryan Center for Business Studies and Slavin Center. Students can choose to become involved in extracurriculars such as Greek Life, student radio, Providence College Debate Society (the oldest club on campus), and NCAA Division I athletics.

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21 Safest Colleges in Oklahoma for 2016

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Situated in the southern United States, the state of Oklahoma is home to nearly 4 million residents. Border states include Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, and Missouri. Many indigenous groups reside in Oklahoma. Local economy is been based on natural gas, oil, aviation, energy, biotechnology, and telecommunications. In the last decade, Oklahoma is said to have one of the fastest growing economies in the country. A majority of residents live within the Oklahoma-Shawnee metropolitan area. Natural terrain includes forest, mountains ranges, and prairies, including Black Mesa, the Ouachita Mountains, Cavanal Hill, and Grave Creek.

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 Oral Roberts University

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Oral Roberts University of Tulsa, Oklahoma welcomes over 3,600 students each year, including undergraduates and postgraduates. The school was founded on evangelist principles, and today is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students attend classes on a 263-acre campus, with landmarks such as the Prayer Tower. Undergraduates can choose from over 65 academic paths, most commonly in the areas of education, business, behavioral sciences, computer science, government, and nursing. Masters and doctoral degrees are also offered. Students have the opportunity to participate in clubs, chapel activities, and athletics.

#2 Southwestern Oklahoma State University

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Located in Sayre and Weatherford, Oklahoma, the Southwestern Oklahoma State University spans over 73 acres. The public university enrolls more than 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The school also hosts associate, master’s and doctorate programs as well. Student athletes can join NCAA Division II athletics. More than 100 student clubs are also available to students, including Campus Activities Board and Student Government Association.

#3 Oklahoma Baptist University

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The Christian liberal arts school of Oklahoma Baptist University is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Approximately 2,000 students come to the university each year to pursue degrees at the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, Paul Dickinson School of Business, Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, and the OBU Graduate School. Campus spans 200 acres and includes facilities such as the Bailey Business Center, Stubblefield Chapel, Andrew Potter Auditorium, and Thurmond Hall and the W.P. Wood Science Building. Students can choose to become involved in over 150 student-run clubs.

 

#4 Oklahoma Christian University

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The Christian and coeducation institution, Oklahoma Christian University, is located in Oklahoma City. Students totaling about 2,500 earn liberal arts degrees in programs such as accounting, biology, computer engineering, computer science, journalism, marketing, mass communication, ministry, nursing, and public relations. All student pursuing a bachelor’s degree must take a core curriculum of classes, including Bible and a Senior Philosophy Seminar. The 240-acre campus is home to NCAA Division II athletics.

#5 Cameron University

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Over 5,500 students attend Cameron University each year. The public four-year university is located in Lawton, Oklahoma and specializes in liberal arts, technology, and science studies, as well as graduate and professional programs. The university includes a non-traditional student body, which it accommodates with weekend and evening classes. Students can participate in NCAA Division II athletics, including basketball, golf, and football.

#6 Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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The evangelical educational institution of Wesleyan University is situated in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. In total, about 1,200 students attend the private school each year. Students can choose to major in more than 50 areas of concentration on its main campus. Students can participate in athletics teams such as cross country, basketball, soccer, softball, and track & field as a part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#7 Rogers State University

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Claremore, Oklahoma hosts Rogers State University, a public institution with additional campuses in Bartlesville and Pryor Creek, Oklahoma. Approximately 4,300 students attend the school each year. Once founded as the Oklahoma Military Academy, the school today focuses on academic programs across 17 disciplines, including applied technology, biology, communications, game development, liberal arts, and nursing. Additional associate’s degrees are offered, in programs such as elementary education and computer science. Students can become involved in athletics, media outlets, Greek Life, as well as ROTC training programs.

#8 Mid-America Christian University

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Mid-America Christian University is located in Oklahoma City. The liberal arts college is home to more than 2,500 students pursuing more than 25 areas of study. Degree offered include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s. Graduate degrees include a Master of Arts in Leadership: Public Administration, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and a degree with the School of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences, among many others. Campus span 65 acres and includes the library and Education Resource Center for students. Students can participate in many extracurriculars, including NAIA athletics.

#9 St. Gregory’s University

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The Catholic liberal arts school of St. Gregory’s University is located in Shawnee, but also has a satellite campus in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A total of nearly 700 students attend the school each year. All students pursue a core curriculum of liberal arts before continuing their studies towards an associate’s bachelor’s or master’s degree. Campus is home to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, a non-profit gallery including artifacts from Ancient Egypt, medieval times, and the Renaissance.

#10 University of Oklahoma

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The University of Oklahoma, or OU, is located in the city of Norman. Over 30,000 students attend the public research university each year. Students choose from over 150 bachelor’s programs, 160 master’s programs, 75 doctorate programs, and 20 professional programs. The school has routinely produced Rhodes Scholars and National Merit Scholars. Important facilities on campus include Bizzell Memorial Library, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, and the Atmospheric Radar Research Center, among many others. In addition to academics, students can become involved in Greek Life and athletics.

#11 University of Central Oklahoma

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Nearly 17,000 students total attend the University of Central Oklahoma, including undergraduates and graduates. The school has ranked high in terms of its commitment to green power. UCO has also been regarded as having one of the strongest education programs in all of the Southwest United States. Popular academic programs include photo journalism, humanities, professional selling, biomedical engineering, and business legal studies. The university is composed of seven schools and colleges total. Non-academic activities include Jazz Lab, student media, and Greek Life.

#12 Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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Alva, Oklahoma hosts Northwestern Oklahoma State University, a public institution. About 2,300 students attend the school each year in pursuit of bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Additional campuses are located in Enid and Woodward. Students can pursue 40 areas of concentration within either the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Professional Studies. Athletics belong to the NCAA Division II, including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, softball, and volleyball.

#13 University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma

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A public liberal arts school, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) is situated in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Undergraduates totaling just over 900 pursue bachelor’s degrees with a liberal arts and sciences foundation. Common majors include economics, literature, science, art, philosophy, and theatre. All students participate in an Interdisciplinary Studies Core Curriculum. USAO has consistently ranked high as high performing institution for baccalaureate students. Students can participate in out-of-classroom activities focused on political advocacy, religion, and hobbies. Students can also join campus musical groups, sororities and fraternities, and athletics.

#14 East Central University

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Approximately 4,500 students attend East Central university each year. The public teaching university admits men and women to its undergraduate and graduate programs. Schools and colleges include The Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business, the College of Education and Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Health and Sciences, and the School of Graduate Studies. The school is best known for its cartography program  and Environmental Health Science Program. Students can also become involved in Greek Life and NCAA Division II athletics.

#15 Southern Nazarene University

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Southern Nazarene University is located in Bethany, Oklahoma. The Christian liberal arts college hosts over 2,100 students each year, including undergraduates and graduates. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SNU places on emphasis on spiritual development alongside academic progress. Students can become involved in extracurriculars such as student government, student theater and performances and athletics at the Division II level.

#16 University of Tulsa

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Approximately 4,300 students attend the University of Tulsa each year. TU is a private university set on 230 acres in an urban area. Popular academic programs at the school include petroleum engineering, natural sciences, organizational psychology, and a school of law including specialization in legal issues pertinent to Native American communities. There are six departments, programs, and colleges total at TU. Campus has made efforts towards sustainability, including an Adopt a Recycle Bin program and RecycleMania event.

#17 Oklahoma City University

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The private institution of Oklahoma City University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Just over 3,000 students attend the school annually, including undergraduates and postgraduates. Student choose from between 70 undergraduate programs and 20 graduate degrees. Popular programs include a PhD in Nursing, and an Adult Studies Program in the form of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Students can become involved in Greek Life, student publications, and cultural clubs outside of regular classes.

#18 Northeastern State University

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Tahlequah, Oklahoma hosts Northeastern State University at the base of the Ozark Mountains. NSU welcomes over 8,500 students each year. Academic programs include a doctorate at the College of Optometry, of which there are only 14 in the United States. Tahlequah is considered the capital of Cherokee nation. As such, nearly a fourth of the student body identifies as American Indian. Students can attend classes which focus on Native American linguistics. In particular, students can major in Cherokee Language Education. Campus organizations include Greek life and Jazz Lab.

#19 Southeastern Oklahoma State University

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Southeastern Oklahoma State University is located in Durant, Oklahoma. The public institution enrolls upwards of 5,200 students each year. Students can pursue degrees such as associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s. Popular majors include elementary education, biology, and psychology. Graduate programs are based in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education. Campus, which spans 269 acres includes the Learning Center, Wellness Center, and Academic Advising and Outreach Center. Students can choose from 68 organizations to become involved in, including Greek Life and athletics.

#20 Southwestern Christian University

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Approximately 850 students attend the Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma City each year. Originally established as a Bible College, the school also held affiliations with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Today, the school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students can partake in athletics at the Division I level as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#21 Oklahoma Panhandle State University

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Goodwell, Oklahoma is hosts Oklahoma Panhandle State University, or OPSU. Upwards of 1,700 students attend the school to pursue bachelor degree programs. Popular academic programs include education, business, nursing, and history. Schools consist of the School of Agriculture, the School of Business and Technology, the School of Education, the School of Liberal Arts, the School of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing, and the University College. Sports teams include football, baseball, softball, volleyball, cross country, and rodeo.

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22 Safest Colleges in Oregon for 2016

Oregon

The state of Oregon is located along the western coast of the United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. Oregon also shares borders with the states of Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California. A total of over 4 million people reside in Oregon. Metro areas include the city of Portland, Salem–the capital–and Eugene. Besides urban areas, the state of Oregon is largely characterized by its natural beauty and surroundings. Landscape includes Pacific coastlines, the volcanic Cascade Range, prairies, deserts, and far-stretching forest regions full of evergreen, deciduous, and mixed species of trees. The state is home to Crater Lake National Park. Local economy is based on agricultural, forestry, fishery, technology, and tourism industries. Oregon is home to several private and public universities and research facilities.

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 Corban University

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Salem, Oregon hosts Corban University, a private and independent college. Each year, approximately 1,000 students attend the school. Common academic concentrations include liberal arts, biblical studies, professional and graduate work. All students take Bible classes and also participate in regular community outreach efforts. Campus stretches over 142 acres that includes six residential halls and the Psalm Performing Arts Center. Students can become involved in athletics and the student-run radio station.

#2 Multnomah University

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Multnomah University is located in Portland, Oregon. The Christian university provides programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate level. There are a total of about 600 undergraduates, and an additional 260 postgraduates. In addition to the school’s main campus, the university also hosts a satellite campus in Reno, Nevada. Multnomah encourages student participation in ministry work, in addition to concentration in Bible and Theology, Business, Global Studies, Music, Elementary Education, and TESOL, among others.

#3 George Fox University

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The liberal arts and Christian institution, George Fox University, welcomes approximately 2,400 undergraduate students and 1,400 graduate students each year. Campus extends over 100 acres in Newberg, Oregon. Additional university facilities and satellite locations include the Portland Center, Salem Site, and Redmond Site. Many students attend the school to pursue studies in economics, global business, elementary education, computer science, chemistry, marketing, music education, nursing, philosophy, politics, social work, and Spanish. Student can become involved in student life, including athletic and volunteer opportunities.

#4 Marylhurst University

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The private liberal arts school, Marylhurst University, is situated in Marylhurst, Oregon. Over 1,200 students attend the school each year, just south of Portland. Common undergraduate programs include liberal arts and business degrees. At the graduate level, students pursue concentrations in art therapy, business administration, teaching, and applied theology. Students can participate in campus events throughout the year, including Summer on the Green and the Oregon Sesquicentennial Film Festival.

#5 Northwest Christian University

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Situated in Eugene, Oregon, Northwest Christian University is a liberal arts college which has ranked high as a top baccalaureate college in the western United States. The School of Liberal Arts & Bible includes programs like History, Communication, Biology, Psychology, and Christian Ministry. The institution has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, in addition to other prestigious councils and organizations. Student athletes can participate in sports such as basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, and track & field as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#6 Oregon Institute of Technology

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The Oregon Institute of Technology, or simply called Oregon Tech, includes a residential campus in Klamath Falls, Oregon and a centrally-located campus in Wilsonville, Oregon, as well as sites in Salem, La Grande, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. More than 4,200 students attend the school each year. Undergraduates have an option of a total of 37 majors, including health technology, psychology, and communication. The university has a particular emphasis the renewable energy industry, engineering, geomatics, and information technology.

#7 New Hope Christian College

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The four-year college known at New Hope Christian College is situated in Eugene, Oregon. Each year, students attend the Bible college in pursuit of studies in Christian education, intercultural studies, Biblical training, and pastoral studies. The school operates under accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Athletics operate as part of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

#8 Concordia University – Oregon

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Portland, Oregon is home to Concordia University, a Lutheran liberal arts school. Undergraduates, graduates, and online or off-site students make up a total student body of approximately 7,000. Student can choose from 18 majors, in areas such as social work, theology, English, education, and nursing. Student athletes can participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association sports, including baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and track & field.

#9 Oregon State University

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A public research institution, Oregon State University hosts more than 30,000 students annually. Undergraduates are offered over 200 undergraduate programs, within schools such as the College of Forestry, College of Education, College of Business, and College of Public Health and Human Sciences, among others. The school maintains extensive research facilities including the Hatfield Marine Center of Science, the Radiation Center, and the O.H Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory, in addition to collaboration efforts with the Space Grant, Land Grant, and Sun Grant programs. Oregon State has consistently ranked high–on a national and international scale–for it Materials Science & Engineering program. The school offers over 900 online courses as well as classes at the Bend and Coravallis campuses.

#10 Eastern Oregon University

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The public institution of Eastern Oregon University is located in Le Grande, Oregon. Each year, the school welcomes more than 3,700 students, including undergraduates and postgraduates. Undergraduates can pursue a bachelor’s of science or a bachelor’s of arts degree. Recently, East Oregon has added a bachelor of applied science to its degree offerings. Students can also earn their MFA, MBA, Master of Education, or Master of Arts in Teaching at the university. Students athletes participate in sports such as soccer, cross country, and volleyball as members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#11 University of Portland

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Situated in Portland, Oregon, the University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university. Campus stretches across 124 acres, atop a cliff with views of the Willamette River. There are over 4,000 students at the school, including nearly 500 postgraduates. Students study under six colleges, with a core curriculum of liberal arts studies. Common concentrations include physics, psychology, social work, international languages & cultures, biology, and chemistry. The school hosts an Air Force ROTC program and  NCAA Division I sports teams.

#12 Western Oregon University

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More than 6,000 students attend Western Oregon University in Monmouth each year. Approximately 1,000 of the students are postgraduates. All students study under either the College of Education or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Western Oregon has a unique “Tuition Promise” policy, which guarantees tuition for students will remain consistent of their four years of attendance. The university also facilitates several initiatives to service veterans and their families, including the Veteran Success Center. Common areas of study at the school include education, economics, computer science, and creative arts, including the school’s BA and BS in music.

#13 Pacific University

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Forest Grove, Oregon is home to Pacific University, a private and co-educational school. Additional campuses are located in Eugene, Hillsboro, and Woodburn. About 3,500 students in total attend the university. Common areas of study include writing, health professions, education, and business. Schools include the colleges of Education, Arts & Sciences,Health Professions, Optometry, and Business. Students can become involved in non-academic activities such as Greek Life, the school’s newspaper, and athletics.

#14 Reed College

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Reed College, situated in southeast Portland, is a private liberal arts school. Undergraduate and graduate students make up a total of approximately 1,400 students. Alumni have gone on to become Fulbright scholars, Watson Fellows, MacArthur Fellows, and Rhodes Scholars. Academic programs include arts, history, literature & languages, mathematics & natural sciences, and psychology and linguistics. Reed College operates extensive research facilities, including a nuclear reactor and Cherenkov radiation technique.

#15 Lewis & Clark College

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The liberal arts school of Lewis & Clark College is situated in Portland, Oregon. The college boasts a strong environmental law program at the School of Law, as well as a community involvement and social justice emphasis at the Graduate School of Education & Counseling. Approximately 3,500 students attend the school each year. Students are encouraged to travel abroad, in one of 36 countries. Besides academics, students can become involved in sustainability efforts on campus and NCAA athletics.

#16 Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon hosts Willamette University, a private liberal arts school. Each year, about 2,800 student are in attendance, approximately 2,000 of whom are undergraduates. Academics are based on a liberal arts curriculum, within the College of Liberal Arts. Graduate programs include the College of Law and the Graduate School of Management. The university encourages students to become active in student life, including Greek Life, new publications, and NCAA atheltics.

#17 University of Oregon

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The University of Oregon, or UO, is situated in Eugene Oregon along the Willamette River and Cascade Mountains as well as close proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The private research school welcomes over 24,000 students each year, of whom about a fifth are postgraduates. Students can choose between 316 academic programs between eight colleges, including the School of Journalism and Communication and the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. UO is best known for its research capabilities, including 21 separate facilities. UO is committed to sustainability through sustainable design.

#18 Pacific Northwest College of Art

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The fine arts and design school, Pacific Northwest College of Art, is set in Portland, Oregon. Over 500 students attend the school annually to pursue bachelor or fine arts degrees, master of fine arts (MFA), and master of arts (MA). Specific concentrations include Studio Arts, Painting + Drawing, Sculpture, Illustration, and Communication Design. Campus encompasses many showcase centers, including the Lodge Gallery, the Holt Gallery, the Dorothy Lemelson Innovation Studio, and New Commons, among others.

#19 Portland State University

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Portland State University, or PSU, is situated in downtown Portland. The research institution is open to both male and female student, totaling over 28,000. Undergraduates can choose from 123 programs of study among seven colleges, including the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Urban and Public Affairs. Students can become involved in student publications, the Oregon Student Association, and Greek Life.

#20 Warner Pacific College 

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The Christian liberal arts school of Warner Pacific College is located in Portland, Oregon. Approximately 1,300 students attend the school each year. Campus is centrally located, and currently spans 15 acres, although the school has made plans to expand in the coming years. Students choose from 27 majors and 29 minors. Common concentrations include accounting, business administration, and human development. Student athletes can participate in sports such as cross country, soccer, and track & field as part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

#21 Southern Oregon University

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Situated in Ashland, Oregon, Southern Oregon Univeristy is set on a rural campus, of over 175 acres, Each year, approximately 6,200 students attend the university. Popular academic programs include natural sciences, criminology, economics, and business. Colleges include the College of Arts and Sciences, he school of nursing, the School of Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences. Students can join a literary magazine, newspaper, or other activities such as NAIA sports.

#22 Linfield College

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McMinnville, Oregon hosts Linfield College, a four-year liberal arts and sciences college. Approximately 2,500 students attend each year. A secondary campus is located in Portland, and encompasses the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. The school has ranked high as a top bachelor’s program school in the western United States. Linfield has also produced a number of notable alumni, including may Fulbright Scholars. Student athletes can becomes involved in NAIA Division II and Division III sports. Students can also participate in the KSLC student-run radio, campus newspaper, and Greek Life.

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38 Safest Colleges in North Carolina for 2016

North Carolina

Located in the southeastern United States, North Carolina shares several state borders and shores along the Atlantic. Neighboring states include Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina. It’s considered the state with the 9th largest population, totaling over 10 million residents. Major cities include Raleigh and Charlotte. Early industries consisted of tobacco, furniture-making, and textiles. Modern industry has expanded to include engineering, biotechnology, energy, and finance as well. The state encompasses a wide variety of terrain, from Mount Mitchell to the Eno River to the Cullasaja Falls to coastal plains. The state has been home to many top institutions of higher education since the first public university in the country was opened in 1795 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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 Meredith College

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The liberal arts college known as Meredith College is situated in Raleigh, North Carolina. The student body consists of approximately 2,000 undergraduate women and 300 postgraduate men and women. A majority of students hail from within the state. Students have an opportunity to study from 37 majors in addition to graduate and pre-professional programs. Common majors include interior design, psychology, and business administration. Students can also become involved in NCAA Division III athletics.

#2 Bennett College for Women

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Bennett College of Greensboro, North Carolina is a historically black liberal arts college. On average, 800 students attend the school each year. Academics have a particular focus on women’s leadership roles. Students can choose from 24 majors and 19 minors to earn degrees such as a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Bachelor of Social Work. Campus includes the Global Learning Center, the Thomas F. Holgate Library, and the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel and Little Theater in addition to residence halls and academic facilities. Students can participate in over 60 on-campus clubs, such as student council, student publications, religious groups, and women’s athletics.

#3 St. Andrews University – North Carolina

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North Carolina’s St. Andrews University is a four-year liberal arts school located in Laurinburg. Each year, approximately, 600 students come to the university to pursue academics in elementary education, liberal studies, and business administration. Bachelor’s as well as Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees are available to all students. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Students can join athletics teams and Greek Life sororities and fraternities.

#4 Davidson College

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Located in Davidson, North Carolina, Davidson College is a private liberal arts college that attracts nearly 2,000 undergraduate students each year. The school proudly boasts 23 Rhodes Scholars. Students have 26 major options in addition to 17 minors. Some interdisciplinary studies include Biochemistry, Computer Science, Asian Studies, International Studies, Medical Humanities, and Neuroscience. Student athletes can compete in Division I sports. Admission to the school is on a need-blind basis, meaning loans and financial aid packages have been eliminated in favor of grants and work study programs.

#5 North Carolina State University

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North Carolina State University, or NCSU, is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The public research institution works with Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a partnership known as the Research Triangle. In addition to research efforts, the school is also committed to sustainability, through waste reduction and local food consumption. Over 25,000 undergraduates attend the school, in addition to 9,600 postgraduates. Strong academic programs include statistics, agriculture, life sciences, textiles and designs.

#6 University of Mount Olive

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The University of Mount Olive is a private liberal arts school set on a 250-acre campus in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Each year, approximately 4,200 students attend the university. In addition to academic and residential buildings, University of Mount Olive’s campus consists of Rodgers Chapel, the Nido and Mariana Qubein Garden House, the Moye Library, and the Pope Wellness Center. Students can become involved in a variety of extracurriculars, including student media, student government, and spiritual and cultural groups.

#7 University of North Carolina – Wilmington

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Wilmington, North Carolina is home to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a member of the University of North Carolina System. Each year, approximately 13,200 students attend the school as undergraduates, and an additional 1,700 as graduates. Students can choose between 52 undergraduate degree programs, 36 master’s programs, and four doctoral programs. Athletic teams participate in Division I sports including 17 varsity teams for both men and women. Other activities on campus include Greek Life, including a Christian sorority, honors fraternity, and historically black fraternities and sororities.

#8 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the oldest public universities in the United States. The public research institution welcomes about 18,400 undergraduates and 10,700 postgraduates to its 729-acre campus each year. Students can study in one of over 70 academic courses. UNC boasts its own hospital known as UNC Health Care, which works specifically in cancer care. There are over 550 student-run clubs for students to become involved in, including The Daily Tar Heel newspaper or the student radio, WXYC, as well as student athletics.

#9 Queens University of Charlotte

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Each year about 2,400 students attend the Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina. Campus is set near downtown, and includes facilities like the Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park and the Presbyterian School of Nursing at Queens for the school’s large nursing program. There are a total of 39 undergraduate programs to choose from, 80 concentrations, and 19 graduate programs. Students can choose to become involved in Greek Life, athletics, and over 40 other clubs and organizations.

#10 Appalachian State University

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Located in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University, or ASU, is a public college and home to a total of 19,000 students. The school has consistently ranked high for its master’s program, for which their are 37 majors. Undergraduates can choose from a total of 174 majors. The school has also ranked well for best value. Academic concentrations include studies such as history, geology, psychology, biology, and computer science. The school has extensive music-based programs as well, including Music Education, Music Therapy, Sacred Music, and Music Performance. Additional campuses are situated in Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir.

#11 Salem College

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Salem College of Winston-Salem, North Carolina is an all women’s liberal arts school. It’s considered the longest running all women’s educational institution in the Southern United States. A total of 565 undergraduates and 300 postgraduates attend the school each year. Most students hail from within the state, although there are also international students that attend Salem College as well. Students pursue such degrees as a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Master of Arts in Teaching. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division III sports.

#12 University of North Carolina – Greensboro

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The public liberal arts school, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Undergraduate students, totaling approximately 19,600, choose from over 100 programs. Postgraduates, about 13,600 in total, have 61 master’s options. In addition, the school offers 26 doctoral programs. The school is well-regarded for both its community involvement and high quality research. Student athletes participate in NCAA Division I sports as the Spartans.

#13 Wingate University

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Wingate University is located in Wingate, Charlotte, and Hendersonville, North Carolina. Each year, about 3,000 students attend the university. A total of 35 undergraduate majors, 34 minors, and 12 pre-professional programs are offered to students. Wingate has consistently ranked high in terms of best value higher education institution. Master’s programs are developed in the areas of sports management, education, business, and accounting. The school also boasts highly competitive sports teams, which compete at the NCAA Division II level.

#14 University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a well-regarded public research center.  In addition to the Charlotte Research Institute Campus, UNCC is also home to the Center City Campus and main campus, in University City. About 28,700 students attend the university in total, including about 5,000 postgraduate students. Students represent most of the United States, as well as 103 other countries. Popular programs include engineering, education, computer science, and business.

#15 Elon University

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The independent school of Elon University is situated in Elon, North Carolina. The liberal arts school is home to about 6,500 students. Elon is known for its School of Law, in addition to undergraduate curriculum. Students are encouraged to study abroad, as well as participate in internships and service learning experiences at locations in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., New York City, Hawaii, and Alaska. Students choose between a total of 51 undergraduate majors. The school operated on a 4-1-4 calendar. In addition to athletics, students can choose from over 150 student-run clubs and organizations.

#16 William Peace University 

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The liberal arts school of William Peace University is located Raleigh, North Carolina. Although the school was previously a women-only college, today, William Peace University is coeducational as of 2012. Over 1,000 students attend the school each year. Students commonly pursue Bachelor of Arts degrees in anthropology, criminal justice, education, and liberal arts. Students can participate in out-of-classroom activities such as NCAA Division III athletics in sports such as cross country, softball, volleyball, basketball, and golf.

#17 North Carolina A&T State University

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Greensboro, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, or N.C. A&T, is one of the oldest public institutions of higher education in the country. It is also a historically black college and research institution. Early academic programs focused on agriculture, English, horticulture, and math. Today, students can choose from over 177 undergraduate programs, 30 master programs, and 9 doctoral programs. During the Civil Rights Movement, A&T students played an integral role in staging protests such as sit-ins to demand racial equality. The school has been awarded grant funds from prestigious programs such as the National Science Foundation.

#18 Catawba College

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Approximately 1,500 students attend Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina. The coeducational liberal arts college holds an affiliation with the United Church of Christ. There are over 70 undergraduate programs, including economics, computer science, history, literature, pre-law and public administration. In addition, students can become involved in the Honors Program, Center for the Environment, and NCAA student atheltics, Division II of the South Atlantic Conference.

#19 Wake Forest University

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Wake Forest University is a coeducational research center and educational institution located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, just north of Raleigh. The university of over 7,500 students has consistently ranked high for its undergraduate programs. Former students have gone on to become Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and Truman Scholars, as well as Fulbright recipients. Campus spans 340 acres and includes landmarks such as the Wait Chapel, the Hearn Plaza and the Benson University Center. Undergraduate students can choose from 40 majors and 57 minors. “Open Curriculum” is also available to students in which they can choose their own course of study with the assistance of their academic advisor. Students are encouraged to study abroad, in over 200 cities within 70 countries.

#20 East Carolina University

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The public research center and school known as East Carolina University is set in Greenville, North Carolina. Each year, approximately 28,500 students attend the school as undergraduates and postgraduates. Campus is spread across five locations, nine undergraduate colleges, the graduate school, and four professional program facilities. Students focus their academics in areas such as health sciences, nursing, and dental medicine. Students have the option to become involved in Greek Life, as well as NCAA Division I atheltics.

#21 Guilford College

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Originally founded by Quakers in 1837, Guilford College is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. Approximately 2,000 students attend the 340-acre campus each year. Common academic programs include Peace and Conflict Studies as well as Community and Justice Studies. In addition to school atheltics, students can also participate in a number of campus-wide annual events, including public lecture series and music festivals.

#22 Winston – Salem State University

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Winston-Salem State University is a historically black college that admits approximately 6,500 students each year. Both undergraduate and graduate students are admitted to pursue programs in more than 40 majors and 10 graduate degree programs. Campus stretches over 117 acres, and is home to the notable WSSU Diggs Gallery. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II sports as well as Greek Life and honor societies.

#23 Fayetteville State University

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Fayetteville, North Carolina is home to the historically black institution known as Fayetteville State University. The student body totals nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students who can benefit from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Student pursue Bachelor degrees in 43 concentrations, master’s degrees in 23 areas, as well as a doctoral program in educational leadership. As far as extracurriculars, students can choose to participate in more than 78 student-run clubs and organizations, including performing arts and student media.

#24 Lenoir – Rhyne University

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Lenoir-Rhyne University of Hickory, North Carolina welcomes 2,200 students each year. The institution has an association with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and as such created the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Academics include 50 undergraduate major offerings, as well as 19 master’s programs. Common areas of study include business, marketing, education, health, and social sciences. Students can also join athletic teams, sororities and fraternities.

#25 High Point University

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The private liberal arts school of High Point University is located in High Point, North Carolina. Each year, 4,500 student attend to pursue 47 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate programs. High Point has ranked high int terms of  employment soon after graduation. The school has also ranked high based on academic programs offered for a reasonable price. Facilities on campus include research centers, and a human biochemics lab. Students are encouraged to attend Access to Innovators seminars as well as community involvement events.

#26 North Carolina Wesleyan College

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina is home to the North Carolina Wesleyan College, a private liberal arts school open to men and women. The college is associated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Campus span 200 acres and includes the Everett Gymnasium and the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts. Academic programs include chemistry, accounting, environmental science, liberal studies: international studies, marketing, political science, religious studies, and sociology, among many others. Students can become involved in cultural programs, ethnic and diversity groups, religious gatherings, and performing groups in addition to student publications and athletics.

#27 Lees-McRae College

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Each year, Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina, hosts nearly 1,000 students both on and off campus as well as online. The private, four-year school has a large focus on health and biological sciences. Campus includes notable buildings like Tufts Tower, the North Carolina Building, and Tate Residence Hall. The college’s four schools facilitate 17 majors and 14 minors. Common studies include nursing, business administration, wildlife biology and performing arts studies. Some of the student clubs include the Student Government Association, competition climbing team and greek life among several others. Many student-athletes participate in NCAA Division II athletics– the cycling team competes in Division I athletics.

#28 Greensboro College

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The liberal arts school known as Greensboro College is a four-year coeducational institution. About 1,300 student pursue degrees at the school; bachelor’s as well master’s programs are available. Students hail from approximately 32 states, in addition to nearly 30 countries around the world. Common areas of study include economics, criminal justice, elementary education, business administration, and political science, among many others. In addition to academics, students can become involved in 20 student organizations, including Greek Life, athletics, and religious groups.

#29 University of North Carolina School of the Arts

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Winston-Salem hosts the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). It’s considered the first public arts conservatory in the United States. Each year, over 700 undergraduates attend the school and approximately 125 postgraduates. Professional programs are devised within five main schools: School of Dance, School of Design & Production, School of Drama, School of Filmmaking, and School of Music. Performance is an important part of campus and academic life. Students have many opportunities throughout the year to view and participate in many student-run productions.

#30 Brevard College

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Brevard College of Brevard, North Carolina is a private liberal arts college associated with United Methodist teachings. Approximately 700 students attend the school each year to earn degrees as Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music. Student athletes can participate in NCAA Division II athletics, including basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, and women’s volleyball, among others.

#31 Methodist University

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Methodist University (previously Methodist College) is situated in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The private university is home to about 2,500 students, including undergraduates and postgraduates. Students choose from over 80 majors within bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs. Students hail from over 41 states and 53 countries. In addition to academics, students can participate in NCAA Division III athletics including baseball, golf, cross country, soccer, and tennis.

#32 Johnson C.Smith University

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The historically black institution of Johnson C.Smith University is located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The co-ed school welcomes about 1,300 students each year to pursue Bachelor or Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work to its students. Students are given a total of 23 degree concentration to choose from. Common studies include criminology, education, history, music, political science, biology, chemistry and performing arts, among many others. Students can participate in many extracurriculars as well as Division II athletics belonging to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

#33 Saint Augustine’s University

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Approximately 1,500 student attend Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina each year. The historically black college played a significant role in educating freed slaves when it was founded in 1867. Campus spans across 105 acres including the Penick Hall of Math & Sciences and the George “Pup” Williams Track & Field Stadium in addition to many other academic and residential buildings. Although many students hail from within state, the student body represents 37 states and 30 other countries in total. Common areas of study include accounting, real estate, education, journalism and mass communications, history & political science, film and theatre, and mathematics and engineering.

#34 Elizabeth City State University

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Elizabeth City State University, ECSU, is a historically black college that admits about 2,300 students each year. Located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, ECSU’s campus spans 200 acres. Undergraduate students can choose from 37 programs, and postgraduates can pick from three master’s and programs. Students can become involved in campus life through student media and Division II athletics.

#35 Mars Hill College

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The coeducational institution of Mars Hill University is situated in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Each year, 1,500 students attend the liberal arts school just north of Asheville. Students can choose between academics focused on nursing, health sciences, math, and business. The school belongs to the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and School (SACS) as well as the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Student athletes are able to join Division II sports teams like cycling and cross country.

#36 Livingstone College 

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Salisbury, North Carolina is home to Livingstone College, a historically black college since its founding in 1879. About 1,200 students attend the school each year. Students pursue degrees in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work. Students are encouraged to become active in student life through various cultural, social, religious, and athletic outlets. Livingstone belongs to the National Collegiate Athletic Association as well as the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

#37 Shaw University

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Shaw University is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The historically black university opened in 1865, and today welcomes approximately 2,000 students each year. Common academic interests include, natural science, business & accounting, religion, education, and computer science. Over half a century ago, Shaw University became the first HBC to run its own radio station. The university also played an integral role during the Civil Rights Movement. Students can join many extracurricular activities such as Greek Life, music groups, marching band, and literary groups.

#38 Chowan University

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Chowan University is home to about 1,500 students annually. Situated in Mufreesboro, North Carolina, Chowan University offers academic studies in 70 concentrations. The schools also provides one-on-one tutoring services to keep students on track academically. Students have the opportunity to participate in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II sports teams, including men and women’s soccer, football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, softball, and tennis.

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