These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In California For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In California For 2020

  1. Mount Saint Mary's University
  2. California State University-Stanislaus
  3. Pacific Union College
  4. Woodbury University
  5. California State University-Bakersfield
  6. California College of the Arts
  7. Biola University
  8. Holy Names University
  9. California Baptist University
  10. Point Loma Nazarene 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 Mount Saint Mary's University to your college visit road trip around California.

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

For more reading on colleges around California, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In California For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in California, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in California 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 73 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 Mount Saint Mary's University or California State University-Stanislaus.

Mount Saint Mary

Location: Los Angeles, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,708
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Mount St. Mary's University is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university near Emmitsburg, Maryland. The campus includes the second largest Catholic seminary in the United States. Lay students can pursue a Master of Arts in Theology at the seminary.

California State University-Stanislaus
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Turlock, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 5,353
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

California State University, Stanislaus is a campus in the 23-school California State University system which was established in 1957 in Turlock, California, United States. It is also the only campus in the CSU system to offer a bachelor's degree in cognitive studies. The university offers 133 Bachelor's degrees, 35 Master's degrees, two Doctoral degrees, and 14 teaching credentials.

Pacific Union College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Angwin, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,465
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Pacific Union College is a private liberal arts college located in Napa Valley, California. The campus is located in the upper valley town of Angwin, eight miles north of St. Helena, California and within the Howell Mountain wine appellation. It is the only four-year college in Napa County. It is among the top ten employers in the county. A coeducational residential college, it serves an almost exclusively undergraduate student body, the overwhelming majority of which live on campus.

Location: Burbank, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,135
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Woodbury University is a private, non-profit, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Burbank, Los Angeles County with and a satellite campus in San Diego, both in Southern California. In recent years, declining enrollment has stressed operating performance for this highly tuition dependent university. In 2013, Moody's adjusted the outlook of the university to negative.

California State University-Bakersfield
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bakersfield, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 4,809
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

California State University, Bakersfield is a public university located in Bakersfield, California, United States, and was founded in 1965. CSUB opened in 1970 on a 375-acre campus, becoming the 19th school in the 23-campus California State University system. The university offers 91 different Bachelor's degrees, 20 types of Master's degrees, and 12 teaching credentials. The university does not confer Doctoral degrees.

California College Of The Arts

Location: San Francisco, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,084
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

California College of the Arts is an art, design, architecture, and writing school founded in 1907. It has campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, and it enrolls approximately 1,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students.

Biola University

Location: La Mirada, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,797
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Biola University is a private, Christian university and is located approximately 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles, in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, the university has over 150 major academic programs of study in nine schools.

Holy Names University

Location: Oakland, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 592
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0012
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Holy Names University is a private, Roman Catholic university in Oakland, California. It is administered by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.

California Baptist University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Riverside, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,524
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

California Baptist University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university located in Riverside, California, United States. Founded in 1950 as California Baptist College, it is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, an organization affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. CBU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been ranked as one of the best regional universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Point Loma Nazarene University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: San Diego, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,304
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0012
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college. Its main campus is located on the Point Loma oceanfront in San Diego, California, United States. It was founded in 1902 as a Bible college by the Church of the Nazarene.

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 California, 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 California, check out:

Safest Colleges In California

Rank College Safety Score
1 Mount Saint Mary's University 10.33
2 California State University-Stanislaus 11.0
3 Pacific Union College 12.0
4 Woodbury University 13.67
5 California State University-Bakersfield 16.83
6 California College of the Arts 17.33
7 Biola University 18.17
8 Holy Names University 18.67
9 California Baptist University 18.83
10 Point Loma Nazarene University 19.0
11 California State University-Sacramento 20.0
12 Fresno Pacific University 20.17
13 University of the Pacific 20.5
14 Westmont College 21.67
15 The Master's University and Seminary 24.0
16 California State University-San Marcos 25.0
17 Art Center College of Design 25.67
18 Menlo College 26.0
19 La Sierra University 26.67
20 California State University-Los Angeles 26.67
21 California State University-Long Beach 27.0
22 California State University-East Bay 27.0
23 University of San Francisco 27.67
24 Vanguard University of Southern California 28.0
25 California State University-Fullerton 28.33
26 University of Southern California 29.0
27 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 29.33
28 Pepperdine University 29.5
29 Simpson University 30.0
30 California State University-Fresno 30.0
31 California State University-Dominguez Hills 30.0
32 Chapman University 31.17
33 California State University Maritime Academy 31.17
34 University of California-Davis 31.33
35 California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 31.67
36 Concordia University-Irvine 32.83
37 California State University-Chico 33.0
38 San Diego State University 35.0
39 California State University-Northridge 35.67
40 Humboldt State University 37.67
41 Santa Clara University 37.67
42 Loma Linda University 37.83
43 California State University-San Bernardino 39.0
44 San Francisco State University 39.0
45 Mills College 41.5
46 Azusa Pacific University 42.33
47 University of California-San Diego 42.33
48 University of San Diego 42.5
49 University of La Verne 42.67
50 San Jose State University 43.0
51 California State University-Monterey Bay 44.0
52 Saint Mary's College of California 44.17
53 University of Redlands 44.5
54 Sonoma State University 46.33
55 California Lutheran University 46.67
56 University of California-Irvine 47.67
57 Loyola Marymount University 49.33
58 University of California-Riverside 50.0
59 Scripps College 50.83
60 University of California-Los Angeles 51.67
61 University of California-Santa Barbara 52.0
62 Harvey Mudd College 52.5
63 University of California-Berkeley 54.67
64 University of California-Santa Cruz 56.67
65 Stanford University 59.67
66 Dominican University of California 60.67
67 Whittier College 62.67
68 Pitzer College 63.33
69 Occidental College 68.33
70 California Institute of Technology 68.67
71 California Institute of the Arts 70.0
72 Claremont McKenna College 70.67
73 Pomona College 70.67

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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