Ranking the Safest (and Least Secure) College Campuses

In the wake of Thursday’s Northern Illinois University shootings, campus safety is back in the spotlight. RD did its own research and found many colleges are getting smart about new risks. See how America’s top colleges and universities ranked for campus safety and security.

Rank Grade College

1.          A         Johns Hopkins University (MD)
2.          A         Northeastern University (MA)
3.          A         Michigan Technological University (MI)
4.          A         University of Kentucky (KY)
5.          A         Loyola Marymount University (CA)
6.          A         University of Texas (TX)
7.          A         Syracuse University (NY)
8.          A         Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
9.          A         Birmingham-Southern College (AL)
10.        A         Seattle University (WA)
11.        A         Boston University (MA)
12.        A         New York University (NY)
13.        A         California Institute of Technology (CA)
14.        A         Loyola College in Maryland (MD)
15.        A         College of New Jersey (NJ)
16.        A         Southern Methodist University (TX)
17.        A         Loyola University (IL)
18.        A         West Virginia University (WV)
19.        A         Bowdoin College (ME)
20.        A         University of Tennessee (TN)
21.        A         Columbia University (NY)
22.        A         Lafayette College (PA)
23.        A         Trinity College (CT)
24.        A         University of Colorado at Boulder (CO)
25.        A         College of Charleston (SC)
26.        A         University of Nebraska (NE)
27.        A         Missouri University of Science & Tech (MO)
28.        A         American University (DC)
29.        A         University of Denver (CO)
30.        A         Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
31.        A         Barnard College (NY)
32.        A         Muhlenberg College (PA)
33.        A         Agnes Scott College (GA)
34.        A         University of Michigan (MI)
35.        A         Lehigh University (PA)
36.        A         Florida State University (FL)
37.        A         Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
38.        A         Creighton University (NE)
39.        A         Tufts University (MA)
40.        A         Truman State University (MO)
41.        A         University of California, Santa Barbara (CA)
42.        A         Rutgers University, New Brunswick (NJ)
43.        A         University of Arkansas (AR)
44.        A         Spellman College (GA)
45.        A         Franklin and Marshall College (PA)

46.        B          Santa Clara University (CA)
47.        B          University of Portland (OR)
48.        B          University of Richmond (VA)
49.        B          University of Maryland (MD)
50.        B          Amherst College (MA)
51.        B          University of Maine (ME)
52.        B          Cornell College (IA)
53.        B          James Madison University (VA)
54.        B          Binghamton University (NY)
55.        B          University of Wyoming (WY)
56.        B          Providence College (RI)
57.        B          Louisiana State University (LA)
58.        B          Davidson College (NC)
59.        B          University of Southern California (CA)
60.        B          Occidental College (CA)
61.        B          Hamline University (MN)
62.        B          University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (IL)
63.        B          University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (NC)
64.        B          Tulane University (LA)
65.        B          Union College (NY)
66.        B          Grinnell College (IA)
67.        B          California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo (CA)
68.        B          Rhodes College (TN)
69.        B          Skidmore College (NY)
70.        B          Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
71.        B          Colby College (ME)
72.        B          University of Scranton (PA)
73.        B          University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)
74.        B          Sweet Briar College (VA)
75.        B          College of the Holy Cross (MA)
76.        B          Ithaca College (NY)
77.        B          University of Rhode Island (RI)
78.        B          University of Alaska (AK)
79.        B          Vanderbilt University (TN)
80.        B          Colorado College (CO)
81.        B          Wesleyan University (CT)
82.        B          Purdue University (IN)
83.        B          Randolph College (VA)
84.        B          Colgate University (NY)
85.        B          University of California, Santa Cruz (CA)
86.        B          Bard College (NY)
87.        B          Oberlin College (OH)
88.        B          University of Redlands (CA)
89.        B          Drake University (IA)
90.        B          Washington College (MD)
91.        B          Denison University (OH)

92.        C         Bates College (ME)
93.        C         Ursinus College (PA)
94.        C         Hope College (MI)
95.        C         University at Buffalo SUNY (NY)
96.        C         University of Delaware (DE)
97.        C         University of California, Davis (CA)
98.        C         Wabash College (IN)
99.        C         Bradley University (IL)
100.      C         Beloit College (WI)
101.      C         Mount Holyoke College (MA)
102.      C         Drury University (MO)
103.      C         University of Evansville (IN)
104.      C         Miami University-Oxford (OH)
105.      C         Bryn Mawr College (PA)
106.      C         Augusta College (IL)
107.      C         Luther College (IA)
108.      C         St. Olaf College (MN)
109.      C         Macalester College (MN)
110.      C         Wheaton College (IL)
111.      C         Mills College (CA)
112.      C         Bucknell University (PA)
113.      C         Pennsylvania State University (PA)
114.      C         St. Lawrence University (NY)
115.      C         Berea College (KY)
116.      C         Xavier University (LA)
117.      C         Furman University (SC)
118.      C         Juniata College (PA)
119.      C         Illinois Wesleyan (IL)
120.      C         Lyon College (AR)
121.      C         Centre College (KY)
122.      C         Millsaps College (MS)
123.      C         Goucher College (MD)
124.      C         Carleton College (MN)
125.      C         Ohio Wesleyan University (OH)
126.      C         College of Wooster (OH)
127.      C         Clarkson University (NY)
128.      C         New College of Florida (FL)
129.      C         University of the Pacific (CA)
130.      C         University of California, Irvine (CA)
131.      C         Hollins University (VA)
132.      C         John Carroll University (OH)
133.      C         Texas A&M University (TX)
134.      C         Iowa State University (IA)
135.      C         Principia College (IL)

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