There’s no doubt campus safety is a concern for every college student. And when you’re looking at an all-women’s college, it makes sense to take special care when exploring the security measures in place on campus. Although women’s colleges tend to be smaller than state universities, student safety is just as big an issue.
Here are four leading women’s colleges that take both academics and security seriously.
1. Meredith College
As the largest women’s liberal arts college in the southeastern United States, Meredith College has nearly 2,000 female students to take care of. And Meredith’s comprehensive Campus Safety Resources, that include Campus Police, a Health Center and a Counseling Center, seem to be doing a fantastic job of it.
This Raleigh, NC, college had no murders, sex offenses or assaults on campus for the last three years reported. Without the distraction of worrying for their personal safety, the young women who attend Meredith are able to focus on their academic and professional goals, making it possible for 91 percent of Meredith graduates to be employed or attending graduate school within nine months of graduation. Image: Meredith College Facebook Page
2. Converse College
Maybe there’s something to be said for eliminating the distraction of potential dates in every class, because Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina has an impressive record when it comes to undergraduate preparation. Over 60 percent of the graduating class of 2013 already had job offers or grad school acceptance on the day they graduated.
Adding to the productive environment at Converse College is a strong commitment to campus safety. With officers protecting students 24 hours a day, Converse has been able to virtually eliminate crime on campus. In their most recent crime statistics, Converse reported only 11 total criminal offenses on campus in 2012, and 10 of those were crimes to property. Image: Wikipedia
3. Salem College
Tracing its beginnings to before the nation’s first birthday, Salem College has a rich history of educating America’s women. Established by an early Protestant denomination, the Moravians, Salem was founded on the belief that women deserved the same educational opportunities as men, and eventually became the first college in North Carolina to offer a Master’s degree program.
Ensuring Salem’s students remain safe to uphold the school’s academic legacy, the Department of Public Safety is on patrol 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Salem’s officers bring over 140 years of combined public safety experience to the campus, which may explain their impressive record. The college reported no murders, assaults, hate crimes or arson for 2012. Image: Bjoertvedt, wikipedia
4. Bryn Mawr College
Situated on what “Travel + Leisure” has named one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, this women’s college founded by Quakers has a history of impressive alumni. From Hollywood to Harvard, Bryn Mawr College boasts the likes of Kathryn Hepburn and Drew Gilpin Faust, Harvard’s first woman president.
With talents that big, the college makes no shortcuts when it comes to keeping its current students, staff and faculty safe and sound. Bryn Mawr Campus Safety offers a variety of crime prevention programs that range from rides on campus after dark to “Safe-Teas,” which are open forums to discuss safety issues such as domestic violence, sexual assault and crime prevention. Image: Smallbones, Wikipedia
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Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more