10 Safest College Campuses + How to Feel Safe Wherever You Go

What makes one college campus safer than another? Does personal safety matter when it comes to picking a college or university? What can I realistically do to make sure my student is safe on campus? How can I get this information to my loved ones? You have serious questions, we have practical answers.

At Mace® Brand, we're also parents, students, and grandparents. It is our mission to guide you through what works when it comes to personal safety, both on and off campus. As one popular insurance company always says, 'We know a thing or two, because we've seen a thing or two.' Let MACE® educate and inform you when it comes to safety on campus. 


Time spent at college fosters friendships and connections that last a lifetime. Deciding which college is best depends on many factors, and personal safety should always rank high. It takes more than emergency call boxes to ensure personal safety on college campuses. Yes, call boxes are important, and every student should be up to speed on where they are and how to use them, but call boxes should only be part of the safety plan.

Consider these sobering statistics from the Department of Justice: 90% of campus sexual assaults committed against college women are committed by someone the victim knows. Among 18-24 year old college students, women in college are three times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence.

So what's the right answer? Preparation and education. Ask your university how it keeps students safe. Ask your student if they're prepared for an unexpected encounter. Learn as much as you can about the best ways to stay safe. An educated and empowered student helps ensure a safe college experience.



Many incidents can be avoided if a bystander steps up at the first sign of distress. It's ok to ask someone if they are ok, and get involved if someone looks like they are in trouble. Trust your instincts.


Powders, pills, and liquids can be absolutely anything, in any concentration. This is one of the most common ways people overdose or end up incapacitated.


A free ride home might seem like a nice offer, but it may put you in a compromising position. 


Going out with a group is a smart way to help make sure everyone has fun and gets home safely. Safety in numbers rings true.


Here are the safest college towns in America, followed by the college or university located there. This list was compiled by SafeWise. To rank each city, 50% of the score was determined by the number of violent crimes per 1,000 students, and 50% of the score was determined by the number of property crimes per 1,000 students. Each measurement was also normalized and adjusted. (full methodology)

1. Milton, MA  Curry College

2. Rexburg, ID  BYU-Idaho

3. Madison, NJ Drew University

4. Wellesley, MA Wellesley College / Babson College

5. Bristol, RI Roger Williams University

6. Durham, NH University of New Hampshire, Durham

7. Lisle, IL Benedictine University

8. Moraga, CA St. Mary's College of California

9. Princeton, NJ Princeton University

10. Berea, OH Baldwin Wallace University


Regardless of location or a university's safety ranking, personal safety needs to be a top priority for every student. Pepper gel, a personal alarm, and a compact stun gun are excellent choices.

At Mace® Brand, we've put together a dorm room safety kit that includes all three. We believe in the power of preparation. A prepared student is a safe student.


So which college or university is safest in your state? Let's take a look.

Methodology of rankings

Alabama - Jacksonville State University

Alaska -  University of Alaska Fairbanks

Arizona - Eastern Arizona College

Arkansas - University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

California - California State University - San Marcos

Colorado - Colorado State University - Pueblo

Connecticut - Fairfield University

Delaware - University of Delaware

Florida - Hillsborough Community College

Georgia - Kennesaw State University

Hawaii - *

Idaho - Brigham Young University - Idaho

Illinois - Eastern Illinois University

Indiana - Purdue University, Main Campus

Iowa - *

Kansas - Emporia State University

Kentucky - University of the Cumberlands

Louisiana - Louisiana Tech University

Maine - University of Maine

Maryland - Bowie State University

Massachusetts - Bridgewater State University

Michigan - Oakland University

Minnesota - Southwest Minnesota State University

Mississippi - *

Missouri - Northwest Missouri State University

Montana - Montana State University

Nebraska - Northeast Community College

Nevada - University of Nevada - Reno

New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire - Main Campus

New Jersey - Princeton University

New Mexico - Eastern New Mexico University

New York - Fashion Institute of Technology

North Carolina - Appalachian State University

North Dakota - University of North Dakota

Ohio - Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

Oklahoma - Oklahoma State University

Oregon - Oregon State University

Pennsylvania - Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Rhode Island - Rhode Island College

South Carolina - College of Charleston

South Dakota - South Dakota State University

Tennessee - Bethel University

Texas - West Texas A&M University

Utah - Snow College

Vermont - University of Vermont

Virginia - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Washington - Washington State University

West Virginia - West Virginia University

Wisconsin - Concordia University - Wisconsin

Wyoming - University of Wyoming

*Some colleges did not submit information to the FBI, which is why Hawaii, Iowa, and Mississippi do not have a listing.

(Source: The Safest Colleges Campuses in America in 2020 - Home Security Blog (yourlocalsecurity.com) 

Mace® Brand is committed to guiding you and your loved ones along the non-lethal path of personal protection. We pride ourselves on providing community and family safety through individual empowerment. Armed with education and MACE® personal safety devices, students can feel safe in any location. 


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