These Are The 7 Safest Colleges In Idaho For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Idaho For 2020

  1. University of Idaho
  2. Brigham Young University-Idaho
  3. Idaho State University
  4. Lewis-Clark State College
  5. Northwest Nazarene University
  6. Boise State University
  7. The College of Idaho

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 University of Idaho to your college visit road trip around Idaho.

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

For more reading on colleges around Idaho, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Idaho For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Idaho, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Idaho 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 7 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 University of Idaho or Brigham Young University-Idaho.

University Of Idaho
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Moscow, ID
# Of Undergraduates: 8,759
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The University of Idaho (officially abbreviated UI, locally referred to as "U of I" or "UIdaho") is the U.S. state of Idaho's oldest public university. It is the state's flagship, land-grant and primary research university. The University of Idaho was the state's sole university for 71 years, until 1963, and its College of Law, established in 1909, was first accredited by the American Bar Association in 1925.

Formed by the territorial legislature on January 30, 1889, the university opened its doors in 1892 on October 3, with an initial class of 40 students. The first graduating class in 1896 contained two men and two women. It has an enrollment exceeding 12,000, with over 11,000 on the Moscow campus. The university offers 142 degree programs, from accountancy to wildlife resources, including bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and specialists' degrees. Certificates of completion are offered in 30 areas of study. At 25% and 53%, its 4 and 6 year graduation rates are the highest of any public university in Idaho, and it generates 74 percent of all research money in the state, with research expenditures of $100 million in 2010 alone.

As a land-grant university and the primary research university in the state, UI has the largest campus in the state at 1,585 acres (6.4 km2), in the rolling hills of the Palouse region at an elevation of 2,600 feet (790 m) above sea level. The school is home to the Idaho Vandals, who will compete on the Division I FBS (formerly I-A) level through the 2017 season, and will drop down to the FCS level in 2018. In addition to the main campus in Moscow, the UI has branch campuses in Coeur d'Alene, Boise, Twin Falls, and Idaho Falls. It also operates a research park in Post Falls and dozens of extension offices statewide.

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Location: Rexburg, ID
# Of Undergraduates: 8,949
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Brigham Young University-Idaho is a private university located in Rexburg, Idaho. Founded in 1888, the university is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, transitioned from a junior college to a four-year institution in 2001, and was known for the greater part of its history as Ricks College.

Idaho State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Pocatello, ID
# Of Undergraduates: 10,703
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Idaho State University is a public research university in Pocatello, Idaho. Founded 117years ago in 1901 as the Academy of Idaho, ISU offers more than 280 programs at its main campus and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls. It is the state's designated lead institution in health professions and medical education.

Location: Lewiston, ID
# Of Undergraduates: 2,693
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0005

Lewis-Clark State College is a public undergraduate college in the Northwestern United States, located in Lewiston, Idaho. Founded 125years ago in 1893, it has an annual enrollment of approximately 4,000 students. The college offers more than 83 degrees and is well known for its criminal justice, education, nursing, and technical programs.

Location: Nampa, ID
# Of Undergraduates: 1,110
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0056
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Northwest Nazarene University is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Nampa, Idaho, U.S.

Boise State University

Location: Boise, ID
# Of Undergraduates: 14,756
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008

Boise State University is a public university in the western United States, located in Boise, Idaho. Founded in 1932 by the Episcopal Church, it became an independent junior college in 1934, and has been awarding baccalaureate and master's degrees since 1965.

The College Of Idaho

Location: Caldwell, ID
# Of Undergraduates: 774
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0082
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0051

The College of Idaho is a private, residential liberal arts college in the western United States, located in Caldwell, Idaho. Founded in 1891, it is the state's oldest private liberal arts college, with an enrollment of 1,140 students. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

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 Idaho, 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 Idaho, check out:

Safest Colleges In Idaho

Rank College Safety Score
1 University of Idaho 2.33
2 Brigham Young University-Idaho 3.0
3 Idaho State University 3.33
4 Lewis-Clark State College 3.67
5 Northwest Nazarene University 4.67
6 Boise State University 5.33
7 The College of Idaho 5.67

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