Top 20+ Most Dangerous College Campuses in the U.S Today
The most dangerous college campuses in America
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Disclaimer and Quick Facts About Crime on U.S College Campuses

Without taking into account relative campus size, the following list of the most dangerous colleges in America ranks them according to the absolute number of violent crimes.

To compile a list of the riskiest colleges, we examined data from the U.S. Department of Education.

We examined violent crime statistics at more than 14,000 colleges and universities across America from 2019 to 2021 to compile a list of the most dangerous college campuses.

60% of all violent crimes in our analysis (2019–2021) involve rape.

The Clery Act was enacted in 1990.

All colleges and universities that take part in federal aid programs are required by the Clery Act to annually report any crimes that occur on or near their campuses.

According to the FBI's 2019 data on known crimes committed in the United States by colleges and universities, there are high rates of property crime, larceny, theft, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and robbery nationwide. These crimes are all essentially just other words for stealing someone else's possessions or, in the case of burglary, stealing those possessions before they are actually stolen.

Despite the fact that all of these schools have a lot of students and may not appear to be as bad as schools with fewer students, this data only includes known, reported incidents. For instance, many rapes go unreported because the information doesn't reach the right people in time or at all (National Sexual Violence Resource Center). In addition, the FBI's crime statistics are from the year after the data on the student population, which is from 2018.

There were 27,300 criminal incidents of the following categories reported to police and security organizations in 2019 alone.

Since many of these schools are located in crowded urban areas, it's also possible that crime rates in urban areas are simply higher than in more rural ones. That has frequently been the case in the past. Here are some of the riskiest college campuses in the United States, along with explanations for why they are risky.

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What is a violent crime on U.S College Campuses?

The use of force or the threat of using force against a person constitutes a violent crime. The FBI lists the following as violent crimes: Rape; Murder/manslaughter; Aggravated assault; Robbery.

These crimes are defined as follows by Campus Safety and Security:

Rape – The slightest penetration of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, as well as the oral penetration of another person's sex organ without the victim's consent.

Murder/non-negligent manslaughter – The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Negligent manslaughter – The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Robbery – The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated assault – a criminal assault committed by one person against another with the intent to cause great bodily harm. This kind of assault frequently includes the use of a weapon or other methods that are likely to result in death or severe physical harm.

We concentrated on violent crimes committed only on campus because many universities own and manage properties near their main campuses.

On campus is described by Campus Safety and Security as "A reasonably contiguous geographic area comprising of buildings or properties that are owned or controlled by an institution and utilized for educational purposes, including residence halls."

It also covers any structure or piece of land that belongs to the university but is managed by a different party, is frequently used by students, and serves institutional goals (like a food or retail vendor).

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Top 20+ Most Dangerous College Campuses in the USA

University name Number of violent crimes on campus reported between 2019-2021*
1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1,468
2. Ohio State University 583
3. UC Berkeley 242
4. Xavier University 240
5. University of Iowa 225
6. Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 194
7. The Pennsylvania State University 138
8. Stanford University 138
9. Texas A & M University, College Station 116
10. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 114
11. University of Southern California, University Park Campus 111
12. University of New Mexico 110
13. Vanderbilt University 109
14. Auburn University 108
15. Texas State University 98
16. Texas Tech University, Lubbock 96
17. The University of Alabama 95
18. Drexel University, University City Campus 90
19. University of Houston, Central Campus 88
20. University of Arizona 87
21. University of Florida, Gainesville 87
22. UC San Diego 85
23. Michigan State University 84

*This table does not include statutory rape, and combines murder, negligent manslaughter, and non-negligent manslaughter.

Most dangerous campuses per 100,000

As previously mentioned, we did not consider institution size when compiling the list of the most dangerous colleges. The number of violent crimes broken down by institution size is shown in the list below.

University name Number of violent crimes on campus per 100,000 students*
1. Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, Central Danville Campus 10,430
2. Xavier University 1,161
3. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1,005
4. Ohio State University 316
5. Prairie View A & M University 290
6. Stanford University 271
7. Vanderbilt University 269
8. University of Iowa 246
9. UC Berkeley 185
10. University of New Mexico 164
11. Drexel University, University City Campus 127
12. Auburn University 116
13. Johns Hopkins University 93
14. Texas State University 86
15. The University of Alabama 83
16. Texas Tech University, Lubbock 80
17. University of Southern California, University Park Campus 77
18. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 73
19. UC San Diego 70
20. University of North Texas 64
21. University of Arizona 63
22. University of Houston, Central Campus 63
23. Michigan State University 56

*This figure shows the number of annual violent crimes per 100,000 students.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of injuries caused by violent assaults on medical professionals increased by 63% between 2011 and 2018.

When data is analyzed, aggravated assault rates are consistently high on medical campuses. A typical class size at Geisinger's Central Danville Campus is 620 students. There were approximately 189 aggravated assaults on campus between 2019 and 2021, and this represents 97.4% of all violent crimes.

The fact that many medical campuses have hospitals on-site contributes to the higher rates of aggravated assault. The majority of states impose additional punishments or even felonies for assaults on medical personnel, according to the American Nurses Association. Even verbal threats against healthcare workers can be considered a felony in some states. The figures above include staff assaulted by patients on hospital campuses.

Statistics of Rape on College Campus

In 2019, 43% of all criminal incidents involved forcible sex offenses (rape and fondling). Only 20% of female college students between the ages of 18 and 24 report sexual assault to the police, according to RAINN.

Rape makes up 60.4% of all violent crimes that we analyzed between 2019 and 2021 in the colleges that made our list of the most dangerous ones.

Out of all violent crimes, rapes account for an above-average portion of incidents on campus at the following schools. Some of these colleges are not on the list of the most dangerous colleges mentioned above, but they are included here because their rape rates were higher than average.


What percentage of college men will be the victim of sexual assault?

2.5% of men are subjected to rape or sexual assault by means of violence, coercion, or incapacitation. Male college students (18 to 24 years old) are 78% more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than non-students in their age group.

What percentage of women are sexually assaulted in college?

Undergraduate students are more likely to become victims of rape or sexual assault due to physical force, violence, or incapacitation than males (6.8% vs. 26.4%).

When are students at a higher risk for sexual assault?

During the first few months of their first and second semesters of college, students are more at risk. Between August and November, more than 50% of sexual assaults on college students take place.

What schools are doing about campus safety

The vast majority of college campuses place a high priority on campus safety. We take both criminal activity and the potential for active shooters on campus very seriously. Universities take a variety of approaches to making sure that people are safe on their campuses.

In Conclusion

Campus safety is crucial for maintaining the health and safety of those who live, work, and visit there as well as for fostering a secure environment for all faculty, staff, and students. To ensure campus safety, the majority of campuses have campus police, security, emergency services, and counseling services for both students and staff.

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