The 10 Safest Colleges in the Country & What It’s Like to Go There

We often hear about crimes in college towns in the news or even on our own campuses, but what about the colleges taking security to the next level? The Daily Beast used information from the U.S. Department of Education and the FBI to determine the safest college campuses in the country, and we’re bringing you the inside information about what it’s like to attend these schools, where safety comes first.

1. Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI

With no reported murders, robberies or burglaries, Cardinal Stritch University, whose total enrollment is about 7,000 students, was ranked the safest college in the country.

To make crime reporting easier, the Department of Security offers an online option for reporting crime in addition to the campus security hotline. There’s also an incentive for students to look out for each other—the department accepts anonymous crime tips from those in the campus area with a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to criminal arrests.

Vinnie Maniaci, a senior at Cardinal Stritch University, says the constant security presence on campus makes him feel secure. “I feel safe because we have security guards that walk around all day,” he says. “We always have desk workers working the residence halls. I’ve never had an issue. I like it. I feel safe.”

2. New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY

Located in Old Westbury, New York, this campus includes roughly 9,100 students. In the calendar year reports examined by the Daily Beast, there were no murders, rapes, robberies or assaults on campus—the only crime reported over three years was a single burglary. As long as you keep your door locked, you’ll feel safe on NYIT’s campus.

While NYIT’s Manhattan campus has security guards on duty whenever class buildings are open, the Old Westbury campus has security working 24/7 every day of the year. All security guards at NYIT are also experts in emergency response procedures in case a fire, bomb threat or medical emergency were to arise.

3. Long Island University – Brooklyn in Brooklyn, NY

Long Island University has eight locations, but their Brooklyn campus is just one subway stop away from Manhattan. You might think that living in New York or other urban areas would make a campus less safe, but LIU has proved that with the right security, students can be safe no matter where they study. The Brooklyn campus has roughly 8,300 students and offers programs ranging from business to science to liberal arts.

Steve Burges, a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill, stayed in a dorm at LIU’s Brooklyn Campus this summer while interning at the Brooklyn Museum and says he always felt safe on campus. “There was always a security presence on campus,” Steve says. “The guards were really friendly and I got to know them. Even though some of their security members were pretty basic, like a paper card that we used for identification, it made everything standardized, and no one on campus could be non-affiliated with LIU.” For Steve, having a secure campus created a safe environment within the city.

4. Indiana University – Southeast in New Albany, IN


Only five burglaries were reported at Indiana University – Southeast's campus, which include roughly 7,000 students, in the years studied. Indiana University – Southeast has its own police department to ensure campus safety.

According to the department website, their “primary jurisdiction is on any real property owned or occupied by the University, or on any roads or streets through or adjacent thereto.” If you’re on campus, you can feel safe knowing that the Indiana University Southeast Police are on duty, patrolling the campus 24 hours a day. There are also emergency phones located throughout campus for reporting crimes.

5. Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, NY

As one of the 28 state-operated campuses of the State University of New York, Farmingdale State has the advantage of University Police. With roughly 7,000 students and 23 full-time staff members on the University Police team, Farmingdale State is well equipped to both prevent and handle crime.

One of the advantages of a mid-size university is added security. At Orchard Hall, Farmingdale State’s main dorm, security guards are present 24/7. Other dorms are monitored through University Police surveillance. In addition to the standard alert system, the campus also has 60 emergency phones to contact the University Police.