These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Illinois For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Illinois For 2020

  1. Eastern Illinois University
  2. School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  3. Governors State University
  4. Dominican University
  5. Aurora University
  6. Loyola University Chicago
  7. Quincy University
  8. University of Illinois at Chicago
  9. Elmhurst College
  10. Saint Xavier 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 Eastern Illinois University to your college visit road trip around Illinois.

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

For more reading on colleges around Illinois, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Illinois For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Illinois, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Illinois 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 48 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 Eastern Illinois University or School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Eastern Illinois University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Charleston, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 9,346
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 2,053
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago is one of America's largest accredited independent schools of art and design. It is located in the Loop in Chicago, Illinois. The school is associated with the museum of the same name, and \"The Art Institute of Chicago\" or \"Chicago Art Institute\" often refers to either entity. Providing degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, SAIC has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top graduate art programs in the nation, as well as by Columbia University's National Arts Journalism survey as the most influential art school in the United States.

Governors State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: University Park, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 3,020
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Governors State University is a public university in University Park, Illinois. The 750 acres campus is located 30 miles south of Chicago, Illinois. GSU was founded in 1969. GSU is a comprehensive public university with a broad curriculum, offering degree programs at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. GSU has four colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education, and the College of Health and Human Services.

Location: River Forest, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,127
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Dominican University may refer to:

Dominican University (Illinois) a private, Catholic university in River Forest, Illinois, United States

Dominican University of California, an independent university of Catholic heritage in Marin County, California, United States

Dominican University College a bilingual Roman Catholic university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Location: Aurora, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,316
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0009
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Aurora University is a private, nonprofit, co-educational liberal arts college located in Aurora, Illinois, United States, 40 miles west of Chicago. In addition to its main campus and the Orchard Center in Aurora, Illinois, AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Illinois. Approximately 5,500 students are enrolled in bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs at Aurora University. The institution describes itself as \"an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.\"

Loyola University Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 7,141
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Loyola University Chicago is a private Catholic research university in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1870 by the Jesuits, today Loyola is one of the largest Catholic universities in the United States. Loyola's professional schools have educated generations of local business and civic leaders, and distinguished programs in medicine, nursing, and health sciences are anchored by the nationally recognized Loyola University Medical Center.

Quincy University

Location: Quincy, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,041
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

University Of Illinois At Chicago
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 16,140
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, adjacent to the Chicago Loop. The second campus established under the University of Illinois system, UIC is also the largest university in the Chicago area, having approximately 30,000 students enrolled in 15 colleges.

Elmhurst College

Location: Elmhurst, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 2,484
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Elmhurst College is a comprehensive four-year private liberal arts college in Elmhurst, Illinois. The college has a tradition of service-oriented learning and an affiliation with the United Church of Christ.

Saint Xavier University

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 2,611
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.001

Saint Xavier University is a four-year, coeducational institution of higher learning located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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 Illinois, 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 Illinois, check out:

Safest Colleges In Illinois

Rank College Safety Score
1 Eastern Illinois University 8.5
2 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 8.67
3 Governors State University 10.33
4 Dominican University 12.83
5 Aurora University 13.83
6 Loyola University Chicago 14.83
7 Quincy University 15.0
8 University of Illinois at Chicago 15.0
9 Elmhurst College 16.17
10 Saint Xavier University 16.5
11 Wheaton College 16.5
12 Olivet Nazarene University 16.83
13 University of St Francis 17.5
14 Millikin University 17.67
15 Trinity Christian College 18.0
16 Lincoln Christian University 19.0
17 Lewis University 19.0
18 Monmouth College 20.0
19 Chicago State University 20.17
20 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 21.0
21 Western Illinois University 21.67
22 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 22.67
23 North Central College 22.83
24 Concordia University-Chicago 23.0
25 DePaul University 23.0
26 Roosevelt University 23.33
27 Illinois Institute of Technology 23.67
28 Northern Illinois University 25.33
29 Northwestern University 26.67
30 Columbia College Chicago 28.0
31 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 28.33
32 Blackburn College 29.17
33 Judson University 29.5
34 Augustana College 29.83
35 Illinois State University 30.33
36 University of Chicago 31.0
37 University of Illinois at Springfield 31.0
38 Bradley University 34.33
39 MacMurray College 34.5
40 Benedictine University 34.67
41 Trinity International University-Illinois 35.0
42 Knox College 35.17
43 McKendree University 36.0
44 North Park University 37.67
45 Rockford University 39.33
46 Illinois Wesleyan University 39.67
47 Lake Forest College 40.67
48 Illinois College 42.33

About Chris Kolmar

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