Safety should be a great concern for college students and parents. The level of campus security presence, emergency protocols, campus and local crime rates, as well as substance and alcohol use are important factors to consider when choosing a school.
Be sure to read our top 10 school safety ranking lists following these important tips to stay safe while on campus…
Speak up if something looks or feels wrong. If someone looks suspicious, report it to campus security and/or a RA. If someone looks in distress, ask if they are ok. Many times incident are avoided because someone steps up and takes notice.
Always avoid the use of drugs and never accept open drinks from anyone.Tampered drinks and overdoses are more common in college communities.
Inform your family or friends of your plans. Let them know, at least a general idea, of where you’re going and what your plans are. That way if you don’t check in or make it home, they will know what to do and that is is important to get help.
Know the locations of the emergency blue-light phones on your campus. These phones connect you directly to campus security.
Stay aware and alert of your surroundings. Always be mindful of people who look suspicious, out of place, or who are hanging around poorly lit areas with little traffic or no one around. Early detection can be key in avoiding becoming a victim of a crime.
Considered getting a safety app on your phone. These apps can automatically notify the police in the event of an emergency.
Learn self-defense. Take a class, sometimes offered at no or low cost on campuses, to learn how to best disable and escape a would-be attacker.
Never accept rides from strangers or casual acquaintances. Period. Use a service like Lyft or Uber instead.
Safest U.S. College Towns:
Brookings, South Dakota
Elon, North Carolina
Durham, New Hampshire
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Princeton, New Jersey
U.S. Colleges (4 year schools) with the Highest Crime Rates:
Benedict College, Columbia, South Carolina
Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico
Central Sate University, Wilburton, Ohio
Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Gallaudet University, Washington D. C.
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, Pennsylvania
Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
St. Augustines University, Raleigh, North Carolina