Sometimes it’s athletic prowess rather than academic rigor that draws you to choose one college over another. But whether you’re looking to throw that first pitch in an NCAA game or graduate Suma Cum Laude, nothing can stop a burgeoning future faster than becoming a victim of crime. That’s why the safety record of your college is just as important as their win-loss numbers.
Here are four colleges that know how to launch players into Major League Baseball careers while making sure those athletes stay out of danger during their studies.
1. Arizona State University
Four Pulitzer Prize winners, two Nobel Laureates and over 125 Fulbright Scholars just isn’t enough distinction for Arizona State University. In addition to conquering the world of academia, the Sun Devils shine on the ball field as well. ASU has had 90 players make it to the Major League and over 350 draft picks.
America’s pastime is certainly alive and well at this public research university where a passion for excellence seems to permeate the campus. Positioning itself as the model for a New American University, ASU’s mission is to benefit the public good by taking responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality and health and well-being of the community.
Leading that charge is the ASU Police Department, whose officers make sure commitment to the community starts on campus with comprehensive crime prevention and response resources. From safety training to bicycle registration, the ASU Police Department remains diligent in its efforts to maintain a safe environment where both academics and athletics can thrive.
2. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
As the oldest and largest university in the Cornhusker State, University of Nebraska-Lincoln has a lot of reasons to celebrate, including their 145th anniversary which was commemorated this past February. In addition to being a research leader, UNL also ranks as one of the top schools for producing MLB players. In fact, UNL boasts a record of 216 draft picks and 29 players. It makes sense that with so many valuable minds and bodies on campus, security is a priority of the first order.
Covering everything from accidents, emergencies, disasters, traffic and crime, the University Police takes a holistic approach to keep its students, staff and faculty safe. Emphasizing crime prevention and awareness, the Department has a full-time officer dedicated solely to crime prevention education on campus and within the community. It seems to be doing the trick, because in 2012 UNL reported less than 25 crimes on campus, according to their most recent crime statistics report. Pretty impressive numbers for a university with nearly 25,000 matriculating students.
3. Florida State University
Consistently recognized as a “best value” college – even being dubbed part of the “Budget Ivy” – Florida State University delivers a lot of bang for your tuition buck. Not only has FSU helped launch the success of stars like Burt Reynolds, but FSU alumni also include a number of astronauts, senators and governors. But perhaps one of the most notable programs at FSU is its collegiate baseball program, which has made it to 20 College World Series and has the best record in college baseball since 2000. Stats like that get the attention of pro scouts, which might be why the MLB has been home to 55 FSU players and nearly 200 draft picks.
Making sure nothing distracts the Seminoles from rooting for their team, the FSU Police Department is on the case 24/7 serving and protecting students, staff, faculty, visitors and baseball fans. One of the Department’s initiatives is S.A.F.E. Connection, a program committed to ending the dangers associated with driving under the influence. In addition to providing free escorts to students who are under the influence, the program also uses activities and events to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving along with other safety awareness and crime prevention issues.
4. Cal State Fullerton
With over 220,000 graduates and almost 40,000 current students it may not be surprising to find a few MLB players among them, but Cal State Fullerton’s 219 draft picks and 42 players still places them in the top 10 when it comes to sending players up to the Majors. No doubt all that talent is what helped Cal State Fullerton claim four NCAA national championships in baseball between 1979 and 2004.
Even though this public comprehensive university keeps its eye on the ball, it’s not all fun and games. Cal State Fullerton has also been recognized for its academic rigor and has even been named one of the top 100 public universities in the nation by “Forbes.”
Helping to bolster the university’s reputation is a University Police Department that not only has decorated officers, but has been recognized as a whole by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies with their Excellence Award. Cal State Fullerton is the first institution in California to receive this distinction. This excellence shows through on the university’s latest crime report, which shows no murders, arsons or sex offenses on campus in 2012.
Do you know another college with great stats for both MLB recruitment and safety?