These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Minnesota For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the safest colleges in Minnesota.
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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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota's Safest Colleges For 2020.

The 10 Safest Colleges In Minnesota For 2020

  1. Bethel University
  2. Minnesota State University Moorhead
  3. University of Minnesota-Crookston
  4. Crown College
  5. University of St Thomas
  6. Southwest Minnesota State University
  7. Metropolitan State University
  8. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
  9. Martin Luther College
  10. The College of Saint Scholastica

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 Bethel University to your college visit road trip around Minnesota.

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

For more reading on colleges around Minnesota, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Minnesota For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Minnesota, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Minnesota 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 31 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 Bethel University or Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Location: Saint Paul, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 2,652
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Bethel University may refer to:

Bethel University (Minnesota)

Bethel University (Tennessee)

Former name of Shorter College (Arkansas)

Minnesota State University Moorhead

Location: Moorhead, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 7,044
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Minnesota State University Moorhead is a four-year, public university located in Moorhead, Minnesota. The school has an enrollment of 6,624 students and 266 full-time faculty members. MSUM is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. MSUM is located on the western border of Minnesota on the Red River of the North in Moorhead; across the river lies Fargo, North Dakota.

University Of Minnesota-Crookston
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Crookston, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 2,775
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0007

The University of Minnesota Crookston is a four-year university located in Crookston, Minnesota. It is one of five campuses in the University of Minnesota system and as of fall 2016 has 1,821 undergraduate students.. Students annually come from 29 countries and 46 states.

Location: Saint Bonifacius, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 882
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Crown College is the name of several schools in the United States:

Crown College, University of California, Santa Cruz, a residential college

Crown College (Minnesota), a private college in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota

Crown College (Tennessee), a Baptist Bible college and seminary in Powell, Tennessee

Crown College (Washington), a small, for-profit, predominantly online college located in Tacoma, Washington.

University Of St Thomas
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Saint Paul, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 5,469
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The University of St. Thomas is a private, Catholic, liberal arts, and archdiocesan university located in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Founded in 1885 as a Catholic seminary, it is named after Thomas Aquinas, the medieval Catholic theologian and philosopher who is the patron saint of students. St. Thomas currently enrolls nearly 10,000 students, making it Minnesota's largest private, non-profit university. Julie Sullivan became the 15th president in the history of the University in 2013.

Location: Marshall, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 4,148
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Southwest Minnesota State University is a public, four-year university that is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. It is located in Marshall, Minnesota, United States, a city of 13,680 people. The school has a full-time enrollment of approximately 3,700 students and employs 148 faculty members. It is divided into two major colleges, the College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, and the College of Business, Education, and Professional Studies. SMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Location: Saint Paul, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 5,327
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Metropolitan State University, commonly referred to as Metro State, is a four-year public university in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, United States. It is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Saint Mary

Location: Winona, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,693
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0009

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, founded in 1912, is a private, comprehensive, coeducational university with an undergraduate campus in the city of Winona, Minnesota, United States. Graduate and professional programs are offered at facilities in Winona, the Twin Cities, Rochester, Apple Valley, Minnetonka and Oakdale, Minnesota; and various course delivery sites around Minnesota and Wisconsin; Jamaica, and Nairobi, Kenya.

Martin Luther College

Location: New Ulm, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,026
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0011
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Martin Luther College is a private liberal arts college located in New Ulm, Minnesota, operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Martin Luther College was established in 1995, when Northwestern College of Watertown, Wisconsin, combined with Dr. Martin Luther College of New Ulm on DMLC's campus.

The College Of Saint Scholastica

Location: Duluth, MN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,499
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0009
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The College of Saint Scholastica is a private college with its main campus in Duluth, Minnesota, United States. Today St. Scholastica educates more than 4,000 students annually and has graduated more than 24,000 alumni.

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 Minnesota, 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 Minnesota, check out:

Safest Colleges In Minnesota

Rank College Safety Score
1 Bethel University 7.0
2 Minnesota State University Moorhead 8.0
3 University of Minnesota-Crookston 9.33
4 Crown College 9.5
5 University of St Thomas 9.67
6 Southwest Minnesota State University 10.0
7 Metropolitan State University 10.5
8 Saint Mary's University of Minnesota 11.0
9 Martin Luther College 11.5
10 The College of Saint Scholastica 11.67
11 Concordia University-Saint Paul 13.0
12 St Catherine University 14.33
13 Winona State University 15.0
14 North Central University 15.0
15 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 15.33
16 Carleton College 16.67
17 Minnesota State University-Mankato 16.67
18 University of Northwestern-St Paul 17.0
19 Bemidji State University 17.0
20 Concordia College at Moorhead 17.67
21 University of Minnesota-Duluth 18.0
22 Augsburg College 18.67
23 Minneapolis College of Art and Design 18.83
24 Macalester College 19.33
25 Saint Cloud State University 19.67
26 Hamline University 20.0
27 University of Minnesota-Morris 21.0
28 Saint Johns University 22.67
29 College of Saint Benedict 23.0
30 St Olaf College 29.0
31 Gustavus Adolphus College 30.0

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