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With a foreign-born population of more than 44 million, the U.S. has the largest number of immigrants in the world. In fact, research from the Pew Research Center shows that the U.S. immigrant population accounts for one-fifth of the world’s migrants. While U.S. immigrants come from almost every country in the world, Mexico is the most common country of origin for the foreign-born population.

From the period of 1850 to 2020, when the most recent data is available, the foreign-born population share hit a high of 14.8% in 1900. From 1920 to 1980, the share of immigrants fell, dropping to a low of 4.7% in 1980. Until recently, the immigrant share of the population had been climbing and was at a near historic high in 2019 before the pandemic. The share of immigrants dropped slightly in 2020 to 13.5%, down from the 13.7% it had stood at for the last several years.

Accounting for 24.8% of the foreign-born population, Mexico claims the largest number of U.S. immigrants. The Chinese and Indian immigrant populations are also large, making up a collective 12.2% of the foreign-born population. Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data shows that about one million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year, and the most common region for new immigrants is now Asia, which recently surpassed Hispanic countries.


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While immigrants live in every U.S. state, some parts of the country have larger foreign-born populations than others. Over one-fourth of California’s population is foreign-born—mostly coming from Mexico—making California the top state for immigrants. New Jersey and New York also have large immigrant populations, with 22.7% and 22.4% of their populations being immigrants, respectively. Alternatively, Montana and West Virginia have very small immigrant populations, accounting for just 2.2% and 1.6% of their populations, respectively.

To determine the U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest immigrant populations, researchers at BackgroundChecks.org analyzed the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The researchers ranked metros according to the foreign-born population share. Researchers also calculated the most common country of origin, the total foreign-born population, and the total population.

To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 people were included in the analysis. Additionally, metro areas were grouped into the following cohorts based on population size: 

  • Small metros: 100,000–349,999
  • Midsize metros: 350,000–999,999
  • Large metros: more than 1,000,000

Here are the metros with the largest immigrant populations.

Large Metros With the Most Immigrants

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15. Sacramento-Roseville-Folsom, CA

  • Foreign-born population share: 18.5%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 432,837
  • Total population: 2,338,866

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14. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

  • Foreign-born population share: 18.5%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 1,376,117
  • Total population: 7,451,858

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13. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL

  • Foreign-born population share: 18.8%
  • Most common country of origin: Colombia
  • Total foreign-born population: 481,158
  • Total population: 2,560,260

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12. Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH

  • Foreign-born population share: 18.9%
  • Most common country of origin: China
  • Total foreign-born population: 918,197
  • Total population: 4,854,808

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11. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA

  • Foreign-born population share: 19.2%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 754,455
  • Total population: 3,928,498

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10. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA

  • Foreign-born population share: 21.1%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 970,476
  • Total population: 4,600,396

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9. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV

  • Foreign-born population share: 22.1%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 492,617
  • Total population: 2,228,866

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8. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

  • Foreign-born population share: 22.8%
  • Most common country of origin: El Salvador
  • Total foreign-born population: 1,425,904
  • Total population: 6,250,309

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7. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad, CA

  • Foreign-born population share: 22.9%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 762,260
  • Total population: 3,323,970

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6. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

  • Foreign-born population share: 23.3%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 1,623,239
  • Total population: 6,979,613

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5. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

  • Foreign-born population share: 29.3%
  • Most common country of origin: Dominican Republic
  • Total foreign-born population: 5,652,129
  • Total population: 19,261,570

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4. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA

  • Foreign-born population share: 30.7%
  • Most common country of origin: China
  • Total foreign-born population: 1,443,907
  • Total population: 4,709,220


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3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

  • Foreign-born population share: 32.7%
  • Most common country of origin: Mexico
  • Total foreign-born population: 4,325,660
  • Total population: 13,211,027

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2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

  • Foreign-born population share: 39.1%
  • Most common country of origin: China
  • Total foreign-born population: 775,944
  • Total population: 1,985,926

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1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL

  • Foreign-born population share: 40.9%
  • Most common country of origin: Cuba
  • Total foreign-born population: 2,504,666
  • Total population: 6,129,858

Detailed Findings & Methodology

To determine the U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest immigrant populations, researchers at BackgroundChecks.org analyzed the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey. The researchers ranked metros according to the foreign-born population share. In the event of a tie, the metro with the higher number of immigrants was ranked higher. Researchers also calculated the most common country of origin, the total foreign-born population, and the total population.

To improve relevance, only metropolitan areas with at least 100,000 people were included in the analysis. Additionally, metro areas were grouped into the following cohorts based on population size: 

  • Small metros: 100,000–349,999
  • Midsize metros: 350,000–999,999
  • Large metros: more than 1,000,000

U.S. Counties With the Most Gun Deaths

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Over the past few years, the U.S. has seen sharply increasing levels of violent crime. After two decades of decreases beginning in the mid-1990s, incidents have begun to rise again. Within the last two years, the trend has become especially pronounced. FBI data recently showed a 5.6% increase in violent crime from 2019 to 2020, even as rates of property crime continued to decline. In the same year, the murder rate rose by around 30%, one of the largest year-over-year increases on record.

Guns are closely tied to this trend in the U.S. The U.S. has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership of any country, and researchers have found the prevalence of guns to be associated with greater amounts of violent crime and gun deaths generally. Given these dynamics, it is unsurprising to see that gun-related deaths have spiked in recent years during the broader increase in violent crime.

Recent data from the CDC reveals how this trend has played out. In 2014, there were only 3.5 gun-related homicides per 100,000 population. By 2016, that figure increased to 4.6, and in 2020, it jumped to 6.2. Separately, gun-related suicides have also increased in recent years—from a low of 5.5 per 100,000 population in 2006 to 7.0 in 2020—but this increase has been more gradual.


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In total, 45,221 deaths in 2020 were gun-related, which is a 14% increase over the prior year and a 43% increase over a decade before. These gun-related deaths constitute a majority of both homicides and suicides. Over the past three years, more than three in four U.S. homicides (76.4%) involved a gun, while more than half of suicides (51.2%) were gun-related.

While the overall growth of gun-related deaths is a nationwide issue, some locations are more affected than others. Many of the states with the highest rates of gun-related deaths are states that also have the highest rates of gun ownership. These states include locations in the South and Mountain West, along with Alaska. Mississippi leads the nation in gun-related fatalities per 100,000 residents at 28.6, followed by neighboring Louisiana at 26.3 and Wyoming at 25.9. At the other end of the spectrum, Hawaii has the lowest rate of gun-related fatalities at 3.4 per 100,000 residents, followed by a group of Northeastern states including Massachusetts (3.7) and New Jersey (5.0). However, gun ownership is not a perfect predictor of gun deaths: for example, states like New Hampshire and Maine have relatively high levels of gun prevalence, but are also in the bottom 10 states for gun deaths per capita.

Gun-related deaths are also unevenly distributed at the local level. While some of the Southern and Western states with higher levels of gun fatalities do have counties with similarly high levels of gun deaths, many of the top counties are found in Rust Belt locations like Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Detroit. These more economically distressed locations may have greater levels of gun violence due to the relationship between factors like social mobility and income inequality and gun deaths.

The data used in this analysis is from the CDC’s WONDER Database. To identify the locations with the most gun deaths, researchers at BackgroundChecks.org calculated the rates of gun-related death per 100,000 residents in 2020. In the event of a tie, the location with the greater total number of gun-related deaths in 2020 was ranked higher. To provide additional context, researchers also calculated the proportion of all homicides and suicides that involve a gun, using data from 2018–2020.

Here are the counties with the most gun deaths.

Large Counties With the Highest Rates of Gun Deaths

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15. DeKalb County, GA

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 19.0
  • Total gun-related deaths: 145
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: -15.2%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 87.1%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 57.3%

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14. Hamilton County, OH

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 19.4
  • Total gun-related deaths: 159
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +23.3%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 85.9%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 51.6%

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13. Pima County, AZ

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 19.5
  • Total gun-related deaths: 207
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +1.5%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 69.4%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 60.7%

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12. Cook County, IL

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 20.4
  • Total gun-related deaths: 1,040
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +45.7%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 87.2%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 33.5%

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11. Fulton County, GA

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 21.4
  • Total gun-related deaths: 231
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +29.1%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 83.1%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 51.1%

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10. Oklahoma County, OK

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 23.1
  • Total gun-related deaths: 186
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +0.5%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 79.0%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 58.2%

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9. Cuyahoga County, OH

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 24.3
  • Total gun-related deaths: 298
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +29.6%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 82.1%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 48.6%

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8. Milwaukee County, WI

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 25.6
  • Total gun-related deaths: 242
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +69.2%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 82.3%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 42.3%

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7. Duval County, FL

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 25.6
  • Total gun-related deaths: 247
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +14.4%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 83.1%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 56.6%

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6. Wayne County, MI

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 26.3
  • Total gun-related deaths: 458
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +30.9%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 86.2%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 51.8%

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5. St. Louis County, MO

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 26.4
  • Total gun-related deaths: 262
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +15.9%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 90.8%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 51.9%

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4. Jefferson County, KY

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 31.0
  • Total gun-related deaths: 238
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +65.3%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 89.2%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 53.0%

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3. Marion County, IN

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 32.8
  • Total gun-related deaths: 317
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +46.1%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 85.2%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 58.0%

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2. Philadelphia County, PA

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 34.1
  • Total gun-related deaths: 538
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +46.6%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 86.8%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 38.1%

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1. Shelby County, TN

  • Total gun-related deaths per 100k: 40.6
  • Total gun-related deaths: 380
  • Change in gun-related deaths since 2019: +36.7%
  • Gun-related homicides as a share of total homicides: 91.5%
  • Gun-related suicides as a share of total suicides: 64.0%

Methodology & Detailed Findings

The data used in this analysis is from the CDC’s WONDER Database. To identify the locations with the most gun deaths, researchers calculated the rates of gun-related death per 100,000 residents in 2020. In the event of a tie, the location with the greater total number of gun-related deaths in 2020 was ranked higher. For national- and state-level statistics, the rates shown are age-adjusted. Age-adjusted rates are not available for county-level estimates. To provide additional context, researchers also calculated the proportion of all homicides and suicides that involve a gun, using data from 2018–2020. Only counties with at least 200,000 residents in 2020 were included in the analysis. Additionally, counties were grouped into the following cohorts based on population size: small (200,000–349,999); midsize (350,000–749,999); and large (750,000 or more).

Cities With the Most Residents Who Have “Side Hustles”

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The term “side hustle” generally refers to a job on the side of a full-time job that brings in supplemental income for the worker. Side hustles often begin as a means to provide extra spending money or cover bills, but some eventually turn into full-fledged businesses. According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 3 million full-time workers (2.5% of total) had side hustles in 2019 and earned a median $6,800 annually from this extra work. These numbers are likely to increase amid the COVID-19 pandemic, alongside record numbers of new business applications.

Interestingly, certain privately conducted surveys show that up to a third or even as many as 45% of Americans perform work on the side. Census Bureau estimates are likely lower due to several factors pertaining to how side hustle work is defined and hesitancy among respondents to report side income on government forms. For one, the Census Bureau survey questionnaire asks respondents specifically about “self-employment income” from their “own businesses.” Less serious side hustlers or side hustlers who earn only a minimal amount of money may not view their efforts as actual businesses and thus might not report their side hustle earnings. In addition, workers may be hesitant to report under-the-table pay to a government agency for fear of being taxed. As such, the side hustle estimates calculated using Census data reflect those more legitimate business ventures that workers are willing to report to a government agency.

These factors perhaps contribute to the fact that higher-income workers are much more likely than low-wage workers to have side hustles, based on Census Bureau data. Over 5% of full-time workers earning over $100,000 per year have side hustles, twice the rate of workers earning $50,000–75,000, and more than six times the rate of workers earning less than $25,000. Having a side hustle is also correlated with educational attainment. Almost 4% of workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher have side hustles, compared with just 1.2% of high school graduates.

The prevalence of side hustler workers also varies by location across the U.S. Some of the Midwestern and Great Plains states have much larger shares of side hustlers than other parts of the country. At the state level, South Dakota (4.6%) and Nebraska (4.2%) have the largest percentage of workers with a side hustle. Workers in these two states tend to earn more from their side businesses as well, with median incomes of $7,500 and $8,000 respectively.


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To determine the metropolitan areas with the most residents who have side hustles, researchers from BackgroundChecks.org analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Metro areas were ranked by the percentage of workers with a side hustle, defined as full-time workers who have positive self-employment income that is less than their wage and salary income. Researchers also calculated the number of total workers with a side hustle, median total income for workers with a side hustle, median side hustle income, and median total income for all workers. Only the 100 largest metros in the U.S. were included in the analysis.

Here are the metros with the most residents with side hustles.

Metros With the Largest Share of Side Hustlers

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15. Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.1%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 25,630

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $70,000

  • Median side hustle income: $6,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $47,700

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14. Toledo, OH

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.2%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 6,743

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $66,300

  • Median side hustle income: $6,500

  • Median total income for all workers: $45,000


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13. Boise City, ID

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.2%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 8,262

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $65,000

  • Median side hustle income: $8,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $45,000

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12. Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.2%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 9,359

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $66,000

  • Median side hustle income: $6,400

  • Median total income for all workers: $53,000

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11. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.2%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 10,800

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $68,500

  • Median side hustle income: $5,500

  • Median total income for all workers: $48,000

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10. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.2%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 45,931

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $76,000

  • Median side hustle income: $5,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $58,000

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9. Portland-South Portland, ME

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.3%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 6,734

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $77,220

  • Median side hustle income: $5,900

  • Median total income for all workers: $50,000

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8. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.3%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 30,594

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $85,000

  • Median side hustle income: $5,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $55,000

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7. Austin-Round Rock, TX

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.3%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 30,970

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $76,000

  • Median side hustle income: $5,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $51,000

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6. Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.4%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 42,915

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $84,000

  • Median side hustle income: $6,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $59,000

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5. Lancaster, PA

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.6%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 6,872

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $52,000

  • Median side hustle income: $4,600

  • Median total income for all workers: $45,000

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4. Salt Lake City, UT

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.6%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 17,598

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $72,000

  • Median side hustle income: $5,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $49,500

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3. Raleigh, NC

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.6%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 20,123

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $72,000

  • Median side hustle income: $8,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $53,000


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2. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 3.9%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 12,921

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $90,000

  • Median side hustle income: $10,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $70,000

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1. Provo-Orem, UT

  • Percentage of workers with a side hustle: 5.4%

  • Total workers with a side hustle: 9,908

  • Median total income for workers with a side hustle: $80,000

  • Median side hustle income: $9,000

  • Median total income for all workers: $50,000

Detailed Findings & Methodology

To determine the metropolitan areas with the most residents who have side hustles, researchers at BackgroundChecks analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Sample. Metro areas were ranked by the percentage of workers with a side hustle. In the event of a tie, the metro with the larger number of total workers with a side hustle was ranked higher. Researchers also calculated median total income for workers with a side hustle, median side hustle income, and median total income for all workers. Workers with side hustles are defined as full-time workers who have positive self-employment income that is less than their wage and salary income. Only the 100 largest metros were included in the 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 extracurricular activites such as athletics 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 undergraduates 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 athletics, 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.

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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.

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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

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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 athletics.

#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 University 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 athletics, 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 athletics.

#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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