Did you know that, despite the media coverage of criminal behavior across America that this is the safest time we've ever lived in?
While it's easy to follow the headlines and social media accounts of terrible crimes in the United States, in actuality, your chances of being the victim of a crime is lower than ever.
However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever. We don't let our kids play outside as often. We clutch our purses in public. And we're overly suspicious of everything that surrounds us.
That's a shame, and we hope that trend changes at some point, lest we as Americans become so isolated that our fear prevents us from being truly happy and free.
But this research isn't about reporting crime. It's about reporting on the least amount of crime on college campuses.
Much like America, the majority of colleges in Arizona are very safe, but crimes do happen on just about every campus every day. The purpose of this study is to aid those in the midst of a college search with additional data point to help them make the right choice.
So with that in mind, here are Arizona's Safest Colleges For 2020.
Before we go anywhere, let us make super clear that basically every college campus is safe relative to your average city. Additionally, college campuses have been getting safer every year.
If you're looking for a safe plae to go to school, add University of Arizona to your college visit road trip around Arizona.
Read on below for a detailed breakdown on how we analyzed the data for Arizona, and continue on for a little more background on our safest college list.
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In order to rank the safest colleges in Arizona, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Arizona in the last reporting year available.
In this case, we were able to obtain crime statistics from the US Department of Education Campus Safety And Security, which includes reported crimes that happened on each campus for every year, and on many detailed categories.
For our report, we looked at the most recent year available, which is the 2019 academic year. We created the following categories:
This data collection is required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act.
Our universe of colleges were limited to predominantly BA and BS conferring institutions with over 500 students and at least 1 reported crime.
We then ranked each of the 3 schools from safest to dangerous for each of the three criteria with 1 being the safest. Finally, we averaged the three scores together into a safety score with the lowest being the safest.
The colleges with the least number of crimes per student were deemed the safest colleges, and those with the most crimes and arrests per student are the most dangerous.
So it looks like if you want to get the safest school experience (not safety school!), you need to contact admissions at University of Arizona or Arizona State University-Tempe.
Location: Tucson, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 26,404
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004
The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in the Arizona Territory. As of 2016, the university enrolls 43,625 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two academic medical centers. The University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group.
Location: Tempe, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 33,985
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006
ASU's Tempe campus is in downtown Tempe, Arizona, about eight miles east of downtown Phoenix. The campus is considered urban, and is approximately 660 acres in size. The campus is arranged around broad pedestrian malls and is completely encompassed by an arboretum. The Tempe campus is also the largest of ASU's campuses, with more than 70,000 students enrolled in at least one class on campus in fall 2017. The campus is considered to range from the streets Rural Road on the east to Mill Avenue on the west, and Apache Boulevard on the south to Rio Salado Parkway on the north.
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 13,905
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008
Northern Arizona University is a public higher-research university with a main campus at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona, statewide campuses, and NAU Online. Governed by the Arizona Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university offers 158 baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.
If you're looking at an undeniably effective and thorough way to measure how safe (and dangerous) each college campus is in Arizona, we've done a good job of portraying the data in a straightforward manner.
Additionally, we'd like to add that while the data never lies, we did choose certain criteria over others - meaning had we chosen to include other crime numbers, or measured the data in a different way, the list would have been different.
However, we'd think you'd agree that this is an effective way to measure campus safety, as we aggregated most of the largest categories for you. We encourage you to visit the National Center for Education Statistics and make your own conclusions if you so wish.
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