These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In West Virginia For 2020

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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In West Virginia For 2020

  1. West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  2. Concord University
  3. Shepherd University
  4. West Virginia Wesleyan College
  5. West Virginia University
  6. Fairmont State University
  7. Marshall University
  8. Davis & Elkins College
  9. Glenville State College
  10. Wheeling Jesuit 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 West Virginia University Institute of Technology to your college visit road trip around West Virginia.

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

For more reading on colleges around West Virginia, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In West Virginia For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in West Virginia, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in West Virginia 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 15 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 West Virginia University Institute of Technology or Concord University.

Location: Montgomery, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 2,311
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a four-year college located in Beckley, West Virginia. It is a divisional campus of West Virginia University. The school is commonly referred to as WVU Tech, WVU Beckley, or by its former nickname of West Virginia Tech.

Concord University

Location: Athens, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 3,048
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Concord University is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts institution located in Athens, West Virginia, United States, founded on February 28, 1872, when the West Virginia Legislature passed \"an Act to locate a Branch State Normal School, in Concord Church, in the County of Mercer\".

Shepherd University

Location: Shepherdstown, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 4,703
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008

Shepherd University, formerly Shepherd College, is a state-funded university in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States. The University currently serves 4,041 students.

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Location: Buckhannon, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 1,581
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0013

West Virginia Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia, United States. It has an enrollment of about 1,400 students from 35 U.S. states and 26 countries. The school was founded in 1890 by the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist church.

West Virginia University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Morgantown, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 15,463
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

West Virginia University is a public, land-grant, space-grant, research-intensive university in Morgantown, West Virginia, United States. Its other campuses include the West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Beckley and Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser; and a second clinical campus for the University's medical and dental schools at Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston. WVU Extension Service provides outreach with offices in all of West Virginia's 55 counties. Since 2001, WVU has been governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors.

Location: Fairmont, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 6,496
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0007

Fairmont State University is a public university in Fairmont, West Virginia. It has regional campuses in nearby Harrison County, the Gaston Caperton Center in Clarksburg, and the Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center in Bridgeport.

Marshall University

Location: Huntington, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 11,621
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Location: Elkins, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 668
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.005

Davis & Elkins College is a small private liberal arts college in Elkins, West Virginia.

Glenville State College

Location: Glenville, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 2,126
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0043
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0012

Glenville State College is a public four-year college in Glenville, West Virginia.

Wheeling Jesuit University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Wheeling, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 1,264
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0039
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0016

Wheeling Jesuit University is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university in the United States. Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, it was founded as Wheeling College in 1954 by the Society of Jesus. Today, Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Approximately 1,173 undergraduate students attend the university. WJU competes in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of the Mountain East Conference.

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 West Virginia, 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 West Virginia, check out:

Safest Colleges In West Virginia

Rank College Safety Score
1 West Virginia University Institute of Technology 4.0
2 Concord University 4.67
3 Shepherd University 5.5
4 West Virginia Wesleyan College 5.67
5 West Virginia University 6.0
6 Fairmont State University 6.5
7 Marshall University 7.33
8 Davis & Elkins College 7.33
9 Glenville State College 8.83
10 Wheeling Jesuit University 9.17
11 West Virginia State University 9.67
12 West Liberty University 10.0
13 University of Charleston 10.17
14 Bethany College 11.5
15 Alderson Broaddus University 13.67

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