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2. FBI Uniform Crime Reports, 2011
3. Simon Hakim, Temple University, quoted by Elizabeth Chang, An Alarming Trend, The Washington Post, Nov 14, 1999
4. U.S. Department of Justice, 1999
*Numbers based on averages, may not be accurate.
Where Are the Safest Places to Attend College in New York?
Part of living securely is being aware of crime and safety trends in your area. If your teen leaves for college soon or you’re headed there yourself, check out the most recent data on the safest college campuses in New York (plus, see candidates from other states in our annual report*).
*We have updated our methodology since publishing 2018’s Safest College Campuses by State, so you may see slightly different results there. Both can be helpful in deciding where to attend college.
- Big cities sometimes get a reputation for high crime rates, but New York City has the third-lowest violent crime rate and the lowest property crime rate of the 12 New York college hometowns that made our list.
- On the other end of the safety spectrum, University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology fall among the worst 15 nationally for the most reports of violence against women (also known as VAWA).
- The FBI and U.S. Department of Education compile these numbers using self-reported data by schools and cities nationwide, so their reports may not show the whole picture (e.g., some colleges may not report data, even if their rates are low). Before deciding where to go to school, you should thoroughly research the potential risks you’ll face at each school and the campus resources that may help you handle them.
To determine New York’s safest college campuses, we pulled hate crime rates and VAWA rates from the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security report, plus violent crime and property crime in each college town from the FBI Uniform Crime Report.
We then scored and ranked each school, weighting hate crimes and VAWA at 80% and city crimes at 20% (violent crime 15%, property crime 5%) of the total score. We weighted city crime trends less heavily since colleges can’t control or answer for crime rates beyond campus.
A total of 22 New York colleges made our final rankings, based on their adherence to three criteria: they had two- or four-year degrees available, a total enrollment of at least 5,000 students, and sufficient campus and city crime data to report.
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