These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Indiana For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the safest colleges in Indiana.
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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.

That's great!

However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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 Indiana 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 Indiana's Safest Colleges For 2020.

The 10 Safest Colleges In Indiana For 2020

  1. Indiana Institute of Technology
  2. Indiana University-Northwest
  3. Indiana University-Kokomo
  4. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  5. Purdue University-North Central Campus
  6. Taylor University
  7. Bethel College-Indiana
  8. Oakland City University
  9. Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne
  10. University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne

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 Indiana Institute of Technology to your college visit road trip around Indiana.

Read on below for a detailed breakdown on how we analyzed the data for Indiana, and continue on for a little more background on our safest college list.

For more reading on colleges around Indiana, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Indiana For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Indiana, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Indiana 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:

  • Sexual Assaults Per Student (Rape, Statutory Rape, and Fondling)
  • Violent Crimes Per Student (Murder, Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Assault, and Robbery)
  • Property Crimes Per Student (Burgarlry, Car Theft, and Arson)

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 38 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 Indiana Institute of Technology or Indiana University-Northwest.

Indiana Institute Of Technology

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 2,052
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The Indiana Institute of Technology is a private non-profit, Ph.D.-granting university in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was founded in 1930 as Indiana Technical College by John A. Kalbfleisch, who was also the school's first president.

Indiana University-Northwest

Location: Gary, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 4,101
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Indiana University Northwest is a public university in Gary, Indiana. It is a regional campus of Indiana University and was established in 1963.

Location: Kokomo, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 2,381
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Indiana University Kokomo is a public university in Kokomo, Indiana. It is a regional campus of Indiana University. IUK serves north central Indiana and its athletics teams are known as the Cougars.

Rose-Hulman Institute Of Technology
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Terre Haute, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,581
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, formerly Rose Polytechnic Institute, is a small private college specializing in teaching engineering, mathematics and science. Its 1,300-acre campus is located in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Location: Westville, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 3,416
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Taylor University
Source: Public domain

Location: Upland, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,843
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0005

Taylor University is a private, interdenominational, evangelical Christian college in Upland, Indiana, United States. Founded in 1846, it is one of America's oldest evangelical Christian colleges.

Location: Mishawaka, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,534
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Location: Oakland City, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,125
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Oakland City University, abbreviated as OCU, is a coeducational, small-town, private university in Oakland City in eastern Gibson County, about 25 miles north and slightly east of Evansville in Southwestern Indiana, United States. Oakland City University is the only General Baptist Church-affiliated college in the United States. Its founding was in 1885; it has slowly grown to the present student enrollment of about 120 on the main campus and, counting all sites, about 2,000 total. OCU's teams, called the Oaks, play in the National Christian College Athletic Association and NCAA Division II, where they are strong and have won many CCNIT national titles over the years.

Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 9,772
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne was a public university in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Founded in 1964, IPFW was a cooperatively-managed regional campus of two state university systems: Indiana University and Purdue University. IPFW hit its highest enrollment in 2014, with 13,459 undergraduate and postgraduate students in nine colleges and schools, including a branch of the Indiana University School of Medicine. During its last academic year, IPFW had a total enrollment of 10,414 students. IPFW offered more than 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs through IU or Purdue universities. The university's 14 men's and women's athletic teams competed in Division I of the NCAA Summit League.

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,385
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

There You Have It -- The Safest Colleges In The

If you're looking at an undeniably effective and thorough way to measure how safe (and dangerous) each college campus is in Indiana, 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.

For more reading on colleges around Indiana, check out:

Safest Colleges In Indiana

Rank College Safety Score
1 Indiana Institute of Technology 8.83
2 Indiana University-Northwest 9.17
3 Indiana University-Kokomo 9.83
4 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 11.5
5 Purdue University-North Central Campus 11.83
6 Taylor University 12.17
7 Bethel College-Indiana 12.5
8 Oakland City University 13.17
9 Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne 13.67
10 University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne 14.33
11 Indiana University-Southeast 16.17
12 Anderson University 16.5
13 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 16.83
14 Ball State University 17.33
15 Goshen College 17.5
16 University of Southern Indiana 17.83
17 Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 17.83
18 Marian University 18.33
19 Valparaiso University 19.0
20 Purdue University-Calumet Campus 19.0
21 Wabash College 19.17
22 Grace College and Theological Seminary 20.33
23 Manchester University 20.83
24 Indiana University-South Bend 21.0
25 Saint Mary's College 21.5
26 University of Evansville 22.67
27 Indiana University-Bloomington 22.67
28 Trine University 23.17
29 Purdue University-Main Campus 23.67
30 University of Indianapolis 25.33
31 Butler University 26.0
32 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 26.33
33 Earlham College 26.67
34 DePauw University 27.0
35 University of Notre Dame 27.67
36 Indiana State University 28.33
37 Franklin College 29.0
38 Hanover College 36.33

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