The 2017 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage. Learn where our data comes from.
|Campus Crime Rate||Rate of nonsexual crimes committed on campus property per 1,000 students, as reported by the college.||U.S. Dept. of Education||25.0%|
|Local Crime Grade||Niche’s Crime & Safety Grade, which incorporates statistics that capture a location’s general safety.||Niche||25.0%|
|Student Surveys on Safety||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding campus safety at each school.||Self-reported by Niche users||25.0%|
|Residence Hall Date Violence Rate||Incidents of Residence Hall Date Violence per 1,000 students.||U.S. Dept. of Education||7.5%|
|Residence Hall Rape Rate||Incidents of Residence Hall Rape per 1,000 students.||U.S. Dept. of Education||7.5%|
|Alcohol-Related Arrests||Rate of alcohol-related arrests on campus per 1,000 students, as reported by the college.||U.S. Dept. of Education||5.0%|
|Drug-Related Arrests||Rate of drug-related arrests on campus per 1,000 students, as reported by the college.||U.S. Dept. of Education||5.0%|
This ranking assesses 1,142 4-year colleges and universities. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Safety Grade for each ranked school as well as additional 4-year colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and other 2-year programs. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.
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