These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Ohio For 2020

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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Ohio For 2020

  1. Youngstown State University
  2. Urbana University
  3. Malone University
  4. Ursuline College
  5. Cincinnati Christian University
  6. Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  7. Cleveland State University
  8. Lourdes University
  9. Shawnee State University
  10. Tiffin University

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 Youngstown State University to your college visit road trip around Ohio.

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

For more reading on colleges around Ohio, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Ohio For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Ohio, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Ohio 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 54 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 Youngstown State University or Urbana University.

Youngstown State University

Location: Youngstown, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 10,619
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Youngstown State University, founded in 1908, is an urban research university located in Youngstown, Ohio, United States. As of fall 2010, there were 15,194 students and a student-faculty ratio of 19:1. The fall 2010 enrollment figure is the highest since 1990, when the number of students on campus was 15,454. Records show that 11,803 of the students are undergraduates. Beyond its current student body, YSU claims more than 94,000 alumni.

Urbana University

Location: Urbana, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,310
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, is a private university specializing in liberal arts education. Urbana is located in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County, approximately one hour west of Columbus and one hour northeast of Dayton.

Malone University

Location: Canton, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,945
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Malone University is a private, liberal arts college located in Canton, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1892 by Walter and Emma Malone as a small, co-educational Bible institute called Cleveland Bible College. The institution has always maintained a close relationship with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakerism).

Malone University holds an affiliation with the Evangelical Friends Church - Eastern Region, a North American yearly meeting of the Evangelical Friends Church International. Despite the university's more Evangelical Protestant identity, the community reflects diverse religious backgrounds, with nearly 50 denominations of Christianity and several non-Christian faith practices represented. Though all employees, staff, and faculty of the university are required to sign a statement of faith, Malone students are not required to profess any religious persuasion.

In addition to Malone University's traditional undergraduate college, the school also maintains a competitive graduate school offering masters in a wide field of professional studies, an online school with a variety of bachelors programs, as well as degree completion programs in management and nursing. The Graduate School also has a post-degree professional development center that offers workshops and certificates.

Nationally, Malone University is ranked in the top four percent of colleges and universities in career outcomes, top 10 (#9) best online financial aid packages, and top 50 (#30) most affordable Protestant Christian colleges. Regionally, U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2015 ranks Malone University among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest in the category Regional Universities, and to its list of best online bachelor’s programs. Statewide, Malone appears on the list of colleges offering the best lifetime return on investment in Ohio. Malone University has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as a military-friendly school by Victory Media, and as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Ursuline College

Location: Pepper Pike, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,016
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0009
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

For the English Catholic Sports College, based in Westgate, see Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea.

Ursuline College is a small, Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Pepper Pike, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1871 by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland and was one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States and the first Catholic women's college in Ohio.

Cincinnati Christian University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Cincinnati, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 641
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0011

Cincinnati Christian University (formerly Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary) is a private Christian university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States. CCU is supported by the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, which are part of the Restoration Movement.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Location: Mount Vernon, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,889
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0013
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States, with satellite locations in the surrounding area. It was founded in 1968 by the Church of the Nazarene and offers a variety of Bachelor's and Master's degrees to both traditional and non-traditional students. MVNU is also home to Cougar Athletics.

Cleveland State University
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Cleveland, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 10,133
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Cleveland State University is a public research university in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1964, and opened for classes in 1965 after acquiring the buildings, property, and students of Fenn College, a private school that had been in operation since 1923. CSU absorbed the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1969. Today it is part of the University System of Ohio, has more than 120,000 alumni, and offers over 200 academic programs.

Lourdes University

Location: Sylvania, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,312
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0014

Lourdes University is an independent, Roman Catholic and Franciscan university located on 127 acres in suburban Sylvania, Ohio, 10 miles northwest of Toledo. Established in 1958, the University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.

Shawnee State University

Location: Portsmouth, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 3,280
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0011

Shawnee State University is a public university in Ohio that was established in 1986, making it one of the state's youngest universities. It is located in the city of Portsmouth in Scioto County, near the Ohio River. The late Vernal Riffe Jr., former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, sponsored the House Bill 739 which authorized the university and became law on July 2, 1986. It was established initially as a branch of Ohio State University.

Tiffin University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Tiffin, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,284
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0015

Tiffin University is a private coeducational university in Tiffin, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1888, Tiffin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission for the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at the main campus in Tiffin, Ohio, at the University of Bucharest in Romania, and at several locations in Ohio, including the Cleveland, Toledo, and Fremont areas, as well as online.

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 Ohio, 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 Ohio, check out:

Safest Colleges In Ohio

Rank College Safety Score
1 Youngstown State University 10.17
2 Urbana University 11.0
3 Malone University 12.67
4 Ursuline College 14.67
5 Cincinnati Christian University 16.17
6 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 16.67
7 Cleveland State University 17.33
8 Lourdes University 17.5
9 Shawnee State University 17.5
10 Tiffin University 18.5
11 Miami University-Middletown 18.5
12 Walsh University 18.5
13 The University of Findlay 18.83
14 Miami University-Hamilton 19.5
15 Kent State University at Kent 20.33
16 John Carroll University 20.5
17 Ohio Dominican University 20.83
18 Columbus College of Art and Design 20.83
19 University of Toledo 21.33
20 Franciscan University of Steubenville 22.17
21 Defiance College 22.83
22 Cedarville University 23.17
23 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 24.33
24 University of Akron Main Campus 24.33
25 Ashland University 24.5
26 Mount Saint Joseph University 24.5
27 Bluffton University 25.0
28 Ohio Northern University 27.17
29 Muskingum University 27.5
30 Capital University 28.17
31 Wright State University-Main Campus 28.33
32 Denison University 28.83
33 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 29.0
34 Ohio University-Main Campus 29.67
35 The College of Wooster 30.17
36 Marietta College 30.17
37 Case Western Reserve University 30.33
38 Ohio State University-Main Campus 30.67
39 Baldwin Wallace University 32.0
40 Otterbein University 32.17
41 Heidelberg University 33.17
42 Hiram College 37.17
43 Xavier University 37.33
44 Kenyon College 38.5
45 Ohio Wesleyan University 38.83
46 Wilmington College 39.17
47 Miami University-Oxford 39.67
48 Oberlin College 40.5
49 University of Dayton 41.33
50 Lake Erie College 43.0
51 Wilberforce University 46.33
52 University of Mount Union 47.0
53 Central State University 47.0
54 Wittenberg University 49.67

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