Skip to comments.The Most Dangerous Colleges In America
Posted on 11/28/2012 10:40:07 AM PST by SeekAndFind
College is hard enough without having to worry about serious crime. Yet crime is a reality on and around many college campuses.
The FBI's Unified Crime Report identified 2,696 violent crime incidents and 87,160 property crime incidents on and around college campuses in 2011.
We ranked the most dangerous colleges by averaging FBI crime data per capita from 2008 to 2011 for schools with enrollment over 10,000. Schools were ranked based on a combination of violent crime rank and property crime rank, with violent crime weighted four times higher.
NOTE: Some people have objected to our use of FBI data because (1) not all schools participate in the survey and (2) some schools are more aggressive than others in reporting crime in neighboring noncampus areas.
In response to criticism, we prepared an alternate list based on on-campus crimes tracked for the Clery Act. We are happy to report, however, that this alternate ranking produced remarkably similar results suggesting that both lists are good at identifying dangerous colleges. For instance, two schools which objected vocally to our original list UCLA and UC-Riverside were also named among the most dangerous colleges based on this new data set.
We have included responses submitted by various schools on their respective slides.
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TITLE: We’re Standing By Our Controversial List Of ‘America’s Most Dangerous Colleges’ Here’s Why
It seems all of Los Angeles is up in arms over the Most Dangerous Colleges list we published last week.
This list ranked colleges by the number of crimes committed on or near campus, as reported by the FBI.
UCLA and UC-Riverside, among others on the list, complained about our using data that was not limited to on-campus crime. The FBI crime data on which we based our ranking is compiled from crime data submitted by colleges across the country. Some colleges probably are more aggressive in reporting crimes on neighboring non-campus areas. And some colleges do not participate in the survey at all.
The schools that complained, including UCLA, demanded that we rank college crime instead by data compiled through the Clery Act, which can be sorted to count only crimes that occur on campus. Although looking only at crimes that occur on campus seems like a strangely limited perspective—students do, occasionally, venture off campus—we agreed to crunch the numbers based on this report.
Based on this alternate methodology, UCLA and UC-Riverside are once again among the 25 most dangerous colleges in America.
In fact, the new list contains many of the same schools as the original.
We take this to suggest that both lists are pretty good at identifying dangerous schools.
The methodology: We looked at Clery’s data for on-campus crimes from 2007-2009, the latest years for which complete data was available. Schools were ranked by violent crime per capita and by property crime per capita, counting murder/nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault for violent crimes, and burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson for property crimes. These rankings were combined with violent crime weighted four times higher to produce the final ranking. Our ranking based on the FBI data was similar, except that it looked at 2008-2011 and it also included the data on larcenies.
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I have no problem with this study, but there’s one additional piece of information that I’d like to have....Overall, how does “on campus” safety compare to “off campus” safety?
Atlanta - where the cost of living is going up, and the chance of living is going down.
You mean like this..
Let's at least know about it.. before waking up and finding out that the liberal PC crowd, et al and the Civil Rights industry have convinced the NCAA to make this a part of university athletics. It would definitely keep down the white attendance as part of the game is that the target has to be unsuspecting . . . .
Yes, I'm a racist because I mentioned that "sport" here.. currently this is mostly off-campus; but . . . .
Kutztown University’s appearence so high on the Cleary Act list suprises me. Demographically, Kutztown doesn’t present many problems. Maybe Kutztown U admits a lot of riff-raff (it’s a state school), but, still.
It is interesting that University of Southern California is not on the list. It is in one of the worst urban jungles in the country. I suspect that the on campus security is very tight and the students have a lot of street smarts. If you go for a walk in that neighborhood you have a death wish.
“It is interesting that University of Southern California is not on the list.”
I was thinking the same thing.
It’s been dangerous since the 60’s.
No way it’s gotten better.
GMTA — Ditto to your post...I’d call it the everyday pickpocketing of students by robbing them of time and money while returning dubious value for future job prospects. It takes wise and loving parents to guide their children around these unmarked dangers in the same way they taught them not to run out in the streets when playing as youngsters.
You’ll note they fell off the on-campus list.
I’d love to see the numbers just including campus and anything east of the railroad tracks. If the general area numbers include crime west of the tracks, well no wonder things look bad!
Ditto Temple, in North Philly. Bad, bad area.
The education may be different than expected.
I was quite surprised to see MIT on the list.
This is supposed to be one of the top Science and Engineering schools in the world. What the heck is happening with these high IQ people on campus?
Georgia Tech at #11. WOO HOO !!!
Add to that professors who don’t teach their courses, colleges that steal money from students, and students who steal from other students and you have a comprehensive list. And they still force the studnets to sign the stupid pledge about ‘honesty and non-violence’. It is hard to underestimate your fellow humans.
Florida State Tallahassee
NC Agricultural and Tech. State U.
Western Illinois U.
Cal State Fresno
N. Arizona U.
Southern Illinois U. Carbondale
U. of Cincinnati
LSU Baton Rouge
U. of S. Alabama
U. of New Mexico
San Diego State
New Mexico State
And, ahem, useless degrees?
I'm mixed about the rates reported at some of the schools. I'm pretty sure the Feds have cracked down on the non-reporting of violent crimes (spurred by failures of a school in MN, iirc), but only 54 property crimes at Howard? Given their demo, location, etc., I'd be shocked if this wasn't extremely under-reported.
Likewise, I'm surprised that Boston College was high on the list. I would have expected Boston U, or Northeastern to rank above them solely by being closer to the "inner city neighborhoods" of Boston.
A change may come if brilliant technical instructors move to foreign institutions that don't allow the humanities and liberal arts claptrap.
American leftist universities can replace 'em with education majors, and NASA can make vast advances in Muslim outreach.
Possibly NASA may take us as far as Muslim Heaven.