College-Bound Freshmen: See Which Colleges are the Safest in Your State in 2020
Living in Texas certainly has its perks. Between year-round warm weather, a low cost of living, tons of post-college job opportunities, and TexMex everywhere, there are more than enough reasons to head to the Lone Star State. Beyond student-friendly rent, decent late-night grub, and mild winters, the state also boasts impressively safe college campuses.
Read on to see the top ten safest colleges in California. While you’re at it, see how they stack up to the safest colleges in the country.
To determine the safest colleges in each state, we analyzed Uniform Crime Report and Campus Safety and Security data for schools that meet the following criteria:
- 5,000+ students enrolled
- Two- or four-year degrees offered
- Public, private, or non-profit institution
From there, we analyzed three factors to determine our rankings:
- Violent crimes per 1,000 people
- Property crimes per 1,000 people
- Hate and VAWA (crimes against women) crimes per 1,000 people
- The average violent crime rate per 1,000 people for the top ten safest colleges in Texas is 2.26—far lower than most state’s campuses.
- Weatherford College and Midland College didn’t report any Hate or VAWA crimes in 2019.
- Prairie View A&M University has a property crime rate per 1,000 people that’s 79% below average.
- West Texas A&M University ranks well in campus safety overall. The school has a violent crime rate per 1,000 people that’s 60% lower than average, a property crimes rate per 1,000 people that’s 52% lower than average, and a hate and VAWA rate per 1,000 people that’s 88% lower than average.
- It’s no wonder Texas Woman’s University is one of the safest colleges in Texas. TWU’s public safety department is accredited through the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (which only 1.5% of campus law enforcement agencies can say).
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