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100 Most Secure College Campuses in the US

100 Most Secure College Campuses in the US

When we talk about campus security, the prevention of property crime typically isn’t at the top of the agenda. Oftentimes it’s not on the agenda at all. Meanwhile, crimes like burglary, robbery, car theft, and larceny consistently dominate campus crime reports—in fact, burglary alone constituted 42% of all crimes reported by colleges in 2016.1

Burglary alone constituted 42% of all crimes reported by colleges in 2016.1

It goes without saying that property crime is a financial burden most college students can’t afford. We’re highlighting schools with the best campus security practices and the lowest rates of property crime and aggravated assault so you know the risk. Whether or not your college made the list, there is plenty that students can do on their own to prevent theft or damage to their own property. We’ll go over some basic crime stats and campus security tips later in this article.

Top 100 colleges with the lowest property crime rates

We analyzed 10 years’ worth of crime data2 for hundreds of public and nonprofit colleges in the US. We focused on data from four-year schools that offer student housing and have an average yearly enrollment of 10,000 students or more. The list below includes the 100 colleges that had the lowest rates of property crime over the past 10 years.

Without further ado, here are the 100 most secure college campuses in the US, starting with the best of the best. (Congratulations, Touro!)

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RankInstitutionCityState
1Touro CollegeNew YorkNY
2Keiser University–Ft LauderdaleFort LauderdaleFL
3Columbia CollegeColumbiaMO
4University of North GeorgiaDahlonegaGA
5Park UniversityParkvilleMO
6Purdue University NorthwestHammondIN
7Northeastern Illinois UniversityChicagoIL
8Florida SouthWestern State CollegeFort MyersFL
9Utah Valley UniversityOremUT
10University of Wisconsin–La CrosseLa CrosseWI
11The New SchoolNew YorkNY
12Pace University–New YorkNew YorkNY
13Liberty UniversityLynchburgVA
14Kennesaw State UniversityKennesawGA
15Arizona State University–Downtown PhoenixPhoenixAZ
16Brigham Young University–IdahoRexburgID
17Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleFL
18Southern New Hampshire UniversityManchesterNH
19Indian River State CollegeFort PierceFL
20University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageAK
21Mercy CollegeDobbs FerryNY
22Brigham Young University–ProvoProvoUT
23College of Staten Island CUNYStaten IslandNY
24Grand Valley State UniversityAllendaleMI
25Savannah College of Art and DesignSavannahGA
26Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFort MyersFL
27University of Wisconsin–Eau ClaireEau ClaireWI
28Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleTX
29University of Nebraska at OmahaOmahaNE
30The University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioTX
31The University of Texas Rio Grande ValleyEdinburgTX
32CUNY Hunter CollegeNew YorkNY
33Idaho State UniversityPocatelloID
34Saint Leo UniversitySaint LeoFL
35University of Southern IndianaEvansvilleIN
36Baker CollegeFlintMI
37University of Akron Main CampusAkronOH
38Texas Woman's UniversityDentonTX
39Georgia State UniversityAtlantaGA
40Wichita State UniversityWichitaKS
41Cleveland State UniversityClevelandOH
42Utah State UniversityLoganUT
43California State University–Long BeachLong BeachCA
44University of Puerto Rico–MayaguezMayaguezPR
45California State University–San MarcosSan MarcosCA
46University of Wisconsin–OshkoshOshkoshWI
47California State University–FullertonFullertonCA
48Weber State UniversityOgdenUT
49Indiana University-Purdue University–Fort WayneFort WayneIN
50Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreMD
51University of Minnesota–DuluthDuluthMN
52George Mason UniversityFairfaxVA
53Central Michigan UniversityMount PleasantMI
54University of Missouri–ColumbiaColumbiaMO
55Oakland UniversityRochester HillsMI
56Pensacola State CollegePensacolaFL
57CUNY Queens CollegeQueensNY
58University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColorado SpringsCO
59California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoSan Luis ObispoCA
60Kent State University at KentKentOH
61Montana State UniversityBozemanMT
62Marshall UniversityHuntingtonWV
63Northern Kentucky UniversityHighland HeightsKY
64North Dakota State University–Main CampusFargoND
65Missouri State University–SpringfieldSpringfieldMO
66Texas Tech UniversityLubbockTX
67University of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamAL
68University of Nebraska–LincolnLincolnNE
69Youngstown State UniversityYoungstownOH
70Colorado State University–Fort CollinsFort CollinsCO
71College of CharlestonCharlestonSC
72University of Northern IowaCedar FallsIA
73Webster UniversitySaint LouisMO
74University of Arkansas at Little RockLittle RockAR
75University of Wisconsin–WhitewaterWhitewaterWI
76The University of MontanaMissoulaMT
77University of North TexasDentonTX
78California State University–ChicoChicoCA
79The University of Texas at AustinAustinTX
80East Carolina UniversityGreenvilleNC
81Loyola University ChicagoChicagoIL
82Regis UniversityDenverCO
83University of IdahoMoscowID
84Boise State UniversityBoiseID
85University of Central FloridaOrlandoFL
86University of FloridaGainesvilleFL
87Rutgers University–NewarkNewarkNJ
88University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgMS
89Troy UniversityTroyAL
90Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboroGA
91California State University–SacramentoSacramentoCA
92University of Oklahoma–Norman CampusNormanOK
93CUNY City CollegeNew YorkNY
94Central Connecticut State UniversityNew BritainCT
95Baylor UniversityWacoTX
96New York UniversityNew YorkNY
97The University of Texas at DallasRichardsonTX
98Texas A&M University–College StationCollege StationTX
99University of North FloridaJacksonvilleFL
100Johnson & Wales University–ProvidenceProvidenceRI
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Institution City State
Touro College New York NY
Keiser University–Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale FL
Columbia College Columbia MO
University of North Georgia Dahlonega GA
Park University Parkville MO
Purdue University Northwest Hammond IN
Northeastern Illinois University Chicago IL
Florida SouthWestern State College Fort Myers FL
Utah Valley University Orem UT
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse La Crosse WI
The New School New York NY
Pace University–New York New York NY
Liberty University Lynchburg VA
Kennesaw State University Kennesaw GA
Arizona State University–Downtown Phoenix Phoenix AZ
Brigham Young University–Idaho Rexburg ID
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale FL
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester NH
Indian River State College Fort Pierce FL
University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage AK
Mercy College Dobbs Ferry NY
Brigham Young University–Provo Provo UT
College of Staten Island CUNY Staten Island NY
Grand Valley State University Allendale MI
Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah GA
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers FL
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire Eau Claire WI
Sam Houston State University Huntsville TX
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha NE
The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio TX
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Edinburg TX
CUNY Hunter College New York NY
Idaho State University Pocatello ID
Saint Leo University Saint Leo FL
University of Southern Indiana Evansville IN
Baker College Flint MI
University of Akron Main Campus Akron OH
Texas Woman's University Denton TX
Georgia State University Atlanta GA
Wichita State University Wichita KS
Cleveland State University Cleveland OH
Utah State University Logan UT
California State University–Long Beach Long Beach CA
University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez Mayaguez PR
California State University–San Marcos San Marcos CA
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Oshkosh WI
California State University–Fullerton Fullerton CA
Weber State University Ogden UT
Indiana University-Purdue University–Fort Wayne Fort Wayne IN
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore MD
University of Minnesota–Duluth Duluth MN
George Mason University Fairfax VA
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant MI
University of Missouri–Columbia Columbia MO
Oakland University Rochester Hills MI
Pensacola State College Pensacola FL
CUNY Queens College Queens NY
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs CO
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo San Luis Obispo CA
Kent State University at Kent Kent OH
Montana State University Bozeman MT
Marshall University Huntington WV
Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights KY
North Dakota State University–Main Campus Fargo ND
Missouri State University–Springfield Springfield MO
Texas Tech University Lubbock TX
University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham AL
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Lincoln NE
Youngstown State University Youngstown OH
Colorado State University–Fort Collins Fort Collins CO
College of Charleston Charleston SC
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls IA
Webster University Saint Louis MO
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock AR
University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Whitewater WI
The University of Montana Missoula MT
University of North Texas Denton TX
California State University–Chico Chico CA
The University of Texas at Austin Austin TX
East Carolina University Greenville NC
Loyola University Chicago Chicago IL
Regis University Denver CO
University of Idaho Moscow ID
Boise State University Boise ID
University of Central Florida Orlando FL
University of Florida Gainesville FL
Rutgers University–Newark Newark NJ
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg MS
Troy University Troy AL
Georgia Southern University Statesboro GA
California State University–Sacramento Sacramento CA
University of Oklahoma–Norman Campus Norman OK
CUNY City College New York NY
Central Connecticut State University New Britain CT
Baylor University Waco TX
New York University New York NY
The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson TX
Texas A&M University–College Station College Station TX
University of North Florida Jacksonville FL
Johnson & Wales University–Providence Providence RI

Campus security and property crime statistics

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the rate of all on-campus property crimes has dropped significantly over the past 15 years.3 Various on-campus crimes were reported by postsecondary schools in the US during 2016 (the most recent data available), including the following:

  • 12,015 burglaries—6,716 of which occurred in campus residence halls
  • 1,106 robberies, with 208 reported in residence halls
  • 3,499 motor vehicle thefts
  • 2,200 aggravated assaults

Security tips for college students: How to prevent property crime on campus

Preventing burglary and break-ins

College students don’t typically consider home security systems as a viable tactic for preventing burglary—most of them assume the price tag will be too high or that a landlord won’t allow it. But the truth is that home security companies have heard these concerns and now offer several options specifically tailored for those on a budget or lease.

The best security system for a renter will likely be one that doesn’t require heavy-duty installation so you can easily take it with you from place to place each time you move. If you’re on a budget, you might also want to forgo professional monitoring and cut down costs by avoiding a contract.

Several companies specialize in DIY home security, offering even lower prices by letting you do everything yourself. If you do your research and compare different products and services, you’ll find that home security is a much more realistic option than you might have initially thought.

Preventing bike theft

Bike theft is a growing problem among college campuses across the US. So much so that many universities now offer programs to help. These programs typically encourage students to register their bikes with the campus police department, almost like they would with a car. This makes it easier for police to recover stolen bikes while also discouraging thieves looking to sell the stolen property.

If you have a bike, make sure to check what kind of resources your school offers and use them to your advantage. Additionally, you will want to get a heavy-duty bike lock. Cable locks may be cheap and popular, but they’re easy to break. Check out our list of top-reviewed bike locks to find the best one for you, and ensure that your source of transportation is safe from thieves.

Preventing larceny and ID theft

Larceny, particularly wallet theft, is one of the most commonly reported crimes on university campuses. For thieves, a wallet can be a goldmine. Cash and credit cards aside, students often keep their school ID cards in their wallet, which a thief could use to access residence halls and find even more valuable property to steal. That’s why it’s important for students to be mindful of the things they carry with them each day. If it’s not essential, it’s best to leave it home.

Another risk of losing your wallet or personal identification is identity theft. This type of crime is becoming increasingly common among students and can result in a potentially catastrophic blow to your finances if you don’t catch it in time. But there are ways to prevent this, such as using an identity theft protection service or issuing a credit freeze. If your wallet gets stolen, some form of credit monitoring will be a lifesaver.

Did your alma mater make the cut?

Though we didn’t have room to write about each individual college on our list, we’d love your input. Tell us about your experiences with campus property crime. Was it a cause for concern at your school? What did you do to prevent it? Let us know in the comments!

Sources

  1. Bureau of Justice Statistics, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018
  2. U.S. Department of Education, “Campus Safety and Security
  3. National Center for Education Statistics, “Digest of Education Statistics
  4. Inside Higher Ed, “Preparing Freshmen for Crime Prevention

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