The Daily Beast’s College Safety Rankings

September 15, 2010

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ — The Daily Beast did the math on the largest colleges and universities in the U.S. to calculate the 50 most dangerous and 50 safest schools. Additionally, the Web site has broken out the most dangerous colleges by league: the Ivy League, Big Ten, SEC, etc. specifically profiling college crime ranks for murder and serious assault.

    According to The Daily Beast's methodology* the most dangerous colleges
        1)   Tufts University
        2)   University of Maryland- Baltimore
        3)   Harvard University
        4)   Rutgers University-Newark
        5)   University of Hartford
        6)   University of Baltimore
        7)   Howard University
        8)   North Carolina Central University
        9)   Norfolk State University
      10)   Morgan State University
      (Continues to 50) http://thebea.st/cWH80j

    The safest are:
        1)   Cardinal Stritch
        2)   New York Institute of Technology - Old Westbury
        3)   Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus
        4)   Indiana University - Southeast
        5)   Farmingdale State College
        6)   Grand Valley State University
        7)   Idaho State University
        8)   Fashion Institute of Technology
        9)   Indiana Wesleyan University
      10)   Midwestern State University
      (Continues to 50) http://thebea.st/dzLXRz

*These rankings were determined by the following methodology;

The Daily Beast only ranked colleges with residential facilities, and with at least 6,000 enrolled students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The site’s research team also deferred to the NCES in determining what a “campus” is–for example, it groups the two main campuses for Tufts University as a single entity, even though they are seven miles apart (Tufts’ Boston campus is the reason it ranked so poorly). This produced a total comparison of 458 schools across the country.

The statistics account for nine types of criminal incidents, which were weighted based on a subjective judgment of violence, asserting that an incident of murder represents a higher level of intrinsic threat to public safety than a robbery. Burglary carried the lowest value, with car theft weighted twice as much, assault or robbery six times, arson 10 times, negligent manslaughter 20 times and murder 40 times. All totals were then divided by the number of enrolled students, so that mid-size and large campuses could be accurately compared.

For the complete college ranking package, please visit The Daily Beast here: http://thebea.st/aFP6SP

SOURCE The Daily Beast

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