No one wants their college experience tainted by becoming the victim of a crime on campus. While it may not be possible to find a college campus that is completely free of crime, some universities come pretty close. Making student safety a priority is crucial for colleges and should never be an afterthought.
To make your search for a safe college campus a little easier, we’ve found four of the safest campuses in the country – check them out below.
1. Quinnipiac University
This private university may rest at the foot of Sleeping Giant State Park in Connecticut, but no one is sleeping on the job when it comes to making sure students, faculty and staff enjoy a safe academic environment. Quinnipiac University was recently ranked as the safest college campus in America by “University Primetime News.” With violent crimes on campus kept to just four in 2012, it’s easy to see why this civic-minded university is garnering attention for its security efforts. At the helm is the stalwart Department of Public Safety that is staffed 24/7 to deter criminal activity and bolster safety on campus.
One of the benefits to keeping campus safe is freeing students to focus on making a difference in the world beyond Quinnipiac. Whether it’s participating in community clean-up efforts in the Greater New Haven area or donating equipment and books to local schools, the Quinnipiac student body is committed to making the world a better place.
Founded in 1912, this safe college is the oldest public university on Long Island. Even though Farmingdale State College has gone through 10 name changes over the years, this college has never faced an identity crisis – especially in regard to being a place where students not only feel at home, but feel protected as well. In addition to being among the top five safest colleges in America, according to “University Primetime News,” Farmingdale has also been recognized as one of the best regional colleges in the north – claiming the number 31 spot on the “U.S. News & World Report’s” 2013 college rankings.
Keeping watch over the approximately 8,000 students who have chosen Farmingdale to help them reach their academic and career goals, is the University Police Department. In 2012, the department helped make sure that there was no room on campus for criminal activity, and with only seven reported incidents on campus it looks like they did right by their students, staff and faculty.
Ranked among the top five fashion schools in the world, Manhattan’s Fashion Institute of Technology has a reputation to protect along with the safety and well-being of its students – and they take both seriously. And their dedication to security is proven – in their most recent crime statistics report, FIT was completely free of criminal occurrences on campus in 2012.
Campus security at this fashion industry giant is provided by both proprietary and contract security officers that conduct patrols, inspect facilities, approve building access and respond to criminal activities and emergencies on campus. With an alumni list that includes the likes of Calvin Klein and Michael Kors, FIT is acutely aware that their campus is a fertile ground for the future of fashion and they seem to do whatever they can to make sure nobody’s dreams are cut short by criminal activity.
Nationally recognized for its commitment to volunteering, academic offerings and military friendliness in the state, Southern Illinois University can also claim recognition for making student safety a top priority. Recently listed among the top 60 safest colleges by both “The Daily Beast” and “University Primetime News,” SIUE University Police are doing an outstanding job keeping the 2,660 acre campus crime-free. In 2012, students at SIUE were spared from falling victim to murder, robbery and aggravated assault, with zero incidents reported.
One way SIUE takes a proactive approach to crime prevention and campus safety is through a variety of awareness programs, including a Risky Business presentation that addresses drug and alcohol abuse, credit card fraud, gambling, sexual assault and other common safety issues that college students face. This preventative approach certainly seems to be working to make sure SIUE students, faculty and staff remain safe and sound.
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Written by Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more