These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Colorado For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Colorado For 2020

  1. Colorado Christian University
  2. Colorado Mesa University
  3. Western State Colorado University
  4. Colorado State University-Fort Collins
  5. Colorado School of Mines
  6. University of Northern Colorado
  7. Adams State University
  8. University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
  9. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  10. Metropolitan State University of Denver

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 Colorado Christian University to your college visit road trip around Colorado.

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

For more reading on colleges around Colorado, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Colorado For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Colorado, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Colorado 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 16 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 Colorado Christian University or Colorado Mesa University.

Colorado Christian University

Location: Lakewood, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 1,843
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Colorado Christian University is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts university in Lakewood, Colorado in the United States. CCU was founded in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute.

Colorado Mesa University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Grand Junction, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 5,092
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Colorado Mesa University (CMU), formerly known as Mesa State College, is a public comprehensive university in Grand Junction, Colorado. The university's primary campus is in central Grand Junction. The university also has other campuses as well: Bishop Campus, which houses Western Colorado Community College in northwestern Grand Junction; and a regional campus in Montrose, Colorado. Colorado Mesa University grants two-year associate degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees.

Previously called Mesa State College (MSC), the school attained university status in August 2011, changing its name to Colorado Mesa University.

Western State Colorado University

Location: Gunnison, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 2,325
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Western State Colorado University, also known as Western, is a four-year public liberal arts college located in Gunnison, Colorado. Approximately 2,400 undergraduate and 350 graduate students attend Western, with more than 30 percent coming from out of state. Of the 23 undergraduate majors, the most popular are business administration, biology, exercise and sport science, recreation and outdoor education, and psychology. Western also offers undergraduate programs in petroleum geology and energy management, both funded by donations through the Western State Colorado University Foundation. Further, it offers graduate programs in environmental management, high altitude exercise physiology creative writing, education and gallery management. The college has one of the oldest collegiate radio stations in the state, 91.1 KWSB, which has been on the air since 1968.

Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Fort Collins, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 20,728
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0007

Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The university is the state's land grant university, and the flagship university of the Colorado State University System.

Colorado School Of Mines

Location: Golden, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 2,559
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0015

University Of Northern Colorado

Location: Greeley, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 10,213
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0009

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public baccalaureate and graduate research university with approximately 12,000 students and six colleges. Founded in 1889, the university’s main campus is located in Greeley, Colorado, about an hour north of Denver, with extended campus locations in Loveland, Denver, and Colorado Springs.Established as the State Normal School of Colorado, the university has a long history in teacher education, and was an early innovator in the field. In addition to education awards and rankings, UNC has nationally ranked programs in business, performing and visual arts, nursing, and sports and exercise science. UNC’s 19 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

Location: Alamosa, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 2,080
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0018
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

Adams State University is a state-supported liberal arts university in Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.. The school is located in the San Luis Valley, home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. ASU offers undergraduate programs in physical and social sciences, fine arts, business and nursing, and specializes in educator curricula in several disciplines. ASU also offers graduate degrees in, among others, history, art, business, and educator programs, including counselor education. There is also a postgraduate program in counselor education. The university has an active athletic program, both in participatory sports and in athletics educator training; the Adams State Grizzlies athletic teams compete under the auspices of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Although the university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university was placed on probation in 2016 for concerns about its online and correspondence programs.

University Of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

Location: Denver, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 8,093
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the campus containing the University of Colorado's health sciences-related schools and colleges, such as the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the CU School of Pharmacy, the CU College of Nursing, the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, and the Colorado School of Public Health, as well as the graduate school for various fields in the biological and biomedical sciences. Official branding guidelines require the short hand "CU Anschutz", instead of the commonly misused "CU AMC".The campus is located on a portion of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. After the base was decommissioned in 1999, the campus became known as the Fitzsimons Medical Campus, or simply "Fitzsimons." The name of the portion of Fitzsimons that houses the university facilities was changed to its current name in 2006 after the Anschutz family donated $91 million to construct the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine, which include the Anschutz Outpatient and Cancer Pavilions, and the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion, all located on the campus. The remainder of the former base is now called the Fitzsimons Life Science District and includes a 184-acre (0.74 km2) Colorado Science and Technology Park, the Children's Hospital, the future Veterans Affairs hospital, and a residential/retail town center known as 21 Fitzsimons.

University Of Colorado Colorado Springs
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 4,967
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a campus of the University of Colorado system, the state university system of Colorado.

As of Fall 2017, UCCS has over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,822 graduate students, with 32% ethnic minority students.

For public universities in the Master's Universities-West category it was ranked 6th. It has been ranked in the top ten on that list each year since 2002. For the 2015 rankings released by U.S. News, UCCS was tied 51st overall in the west for all private and public schools. Among public, private and for-profit universities, the UCCS undergraduate engineering program ranked 14th in the nation.

Metropolitan State University Of Denver

Location: Denver, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 17,688
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0012
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

Metropolitan State University of Denver – also known as MSU Denver or Metro State – is a public university located in Denver, in the U.S. state of Colorado. With 58 majors and 82 minors, the college is noted for a wide array of liberal arts and science programs as well as teacher education, business, aviation, and criminal justice programs.In fall 2010, the university began offering master's programs in teacher education and accounting, with social work beginning in fall 2011. The university is noted for its fine athletic programs: MSU Denver's women's soccer team won the Division II National Championship in 2004 and 2006; the men's basketball team won the Division II National Championship in 2000 and 2002. MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus, along with the University of Colorado Denver and the Community College of Denver, in downtown Denver, adjacent to Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. MSU Denver has an enrollment of more than 21,000 students.On April 18, 2012, MSU Denver achieved university status. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper approved the changing of the name of Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver, effective July 2012.The university celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

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 Colorado, 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 Colorado, check out:

Safest Colleges In Colorado

Rank College Safety Score
1 Colorado Christian University 3.67
2 Colorado Mesa University 4.0
3 Western State Colorado University 5.33
4 Colorado State University-Fort Collins 6.33
5 Colorado School of Mines 7.33
6 University of Northern Colorado 7.67
7 Adams State University 8.33
8 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus 8.33
9 University of Colorado Colorado Springs 8.33
10 Metropolitan State University of Denver 9.0
11 Colorado State University-Pueblo 9.67
12 Regis University 11.0
13 University of Colorado Boulder 11.33
14 Fort Lewis College 11.67
15 Colorado College 12.0
16 University of Denver 12.0

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