These Are The 3 Safest Colleges In Delaware For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Delaware For 2020

  1. Wesley College
  2. University of Delaware
  3. Delaware State 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 Wesley College to your college visit road trip around Delaware.

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

For more reading on colleges around Delaware, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Delaware For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Delaware, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Delaware 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 3 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 Wesley College or University of Delaware.

Wesley College

Location: Dover, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 1,513
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Wesley College may refer to:

Wesley College, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Wesley Theological College, South Australia, Australia

Wesley College (Victoria), Australia

Wesley College (Western Australia)

Wesley College (Belize)

Wesley College (Manitoba), Canada

Wesley College of Education (Ashanti), Ghana

Wesley College (Dublin), Ireland

Wesley College (Auckland), New Zealand

Wesley College, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Wesley College (Bristol), UK

Wesley College (Sheffield), UK

Wesley College (Delaware), U.S.

Wesley College (Mississippi), U.S.

University Of Delaware

Location: Newark, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 16,110
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

The University of Delaware is a public research university located in Newark, Delaware. University of Delaware is the largest university in Delaware. UD currently offers more than 135 undergraduate degrees. At the graduate level, it offers 67 doctoral, 142 master's degree programs, 14 dual degrees, 15 interdisciplinary programs, 12 on-line programs, and 28 certificate programs across its seven colleges and more than 82 research centers and institutes. UD is one of the top 100 institutions for federal obligations in science and engineering and interdisciplinary initiatives in energy science and policy, the environment, and in human health. The main campus is in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes, and Georgetown. It is considered a large institution with approximately 18,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students. UD is a privately governed university which receives public funding for being a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and urban-grant state-supported research institution.

Location: Dover, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 2,855
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0016
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0037
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0028

Delaware State University, is a historically black, public university in Dover, Delaware. DSU also has two satellite campuses, one in Wilmington and one in Georgetown. The university encompasses six colleges and a diverse population of undergraduate and advanced-degree students.

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 Delaware, 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 Delaware, check out:

Safest Colleges In Delaware

Rank College Safety Score
1 Wesley College 1.33
2 University of Delaware 1.67
3 Delaware State University 3.0

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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