These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Kentucky For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Kentucky For 2020

  1. Spalding University
  2. Bellarmine University
  3. Kentucky State University
  4. Western Kentucky University
  5. University of Pikeville
  6. Kentucky Wesleyan College
  7. Lindsey Wilson College
  8. Kentucky Christian University
  9. Alice Lloyd College
  10. University of Louisville

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 Spalding University to your college visit road trip around Kentucky.

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

For more reading on colleges around Kentucky, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Kentucky For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Kentucky, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Kentucky 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 21 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 Spalding University or Bellarmine University.

Spalding University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Louisville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 1,098
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Spalding University is a private, co-educational university in Louisville, Kentucky affiliated with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Bellarmine University

Location: Louisville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 2,347
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Bellarmine University is an independent, private Catholic university in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The liberal arts institution opened on October 3, 1950, as Bellarmine College, established by Archbishop John A. Floersh of the Archdiocese of Louisville and named after the Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine. In 2000 the Board of Trustees changed the name to Bellarmine University. The university is organized into seven colleges and schools and confers bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 50 academic majors, along with five doctoral degrees; it is classified as a Master's university.

Kentucky State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Frankfort, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 2,129
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0017
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Kentucky State University is a public university in Frankfort, Kentucky. Founded in 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons, KSU was the second state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky. It had a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,568 and a total graduate enrollment of 168 in fall 2016.

Western Kentucky University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bowling Green, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 13,235
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

Western Kentucky University is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. It was founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, though its roots reach back a quarter-century earlier. In the fall 2016 semester, enrollment was approximately 20,000.

University Of Pikeville
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Pikeville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 917
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

The University of Pikeville is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, located in Pikeville, Kentucky, United States. The university is located on a 25-acre campus on a hillside overlooking downtown Pikeville. The university was founded in 1889 by the Presbyterian Church. Its current president is Dr. Burton Webb and the chancellor is former Governor of Kentucky and former university president Paul E. Patton.

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Location: Owensboro, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 680
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0025
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a private Methodist college in Owensboro, a city on the Ohio River, in the U.S. state of Kentucky. KWC is east of Evansville, Indiana, north of Nashville, Tennessee, west of Louisville, Kentucky, and east of St. Louis, Missouri. Daviess County is home to 94,000 residents.

Location: Columbia, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 1,307
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008

Lindsey Wilson College is a United Methodist four-year non-profit college located in the city of Columbia, Kentucky, United States. Degree programs are offered on the associate's, bachelor's, and master's levels. The college's sports teams compete in the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA.

Location: Grayson, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 569
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0072
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Location: Pippa Passes, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 557
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0033
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

University Of Louisville

Location: Louisville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 14,464
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The University of Louisville is a public university in Louisville, Kentucky, a member of the Kentucky state university system. When founded in 1798, it was the first city-owned public university in the United States and one of the first universities chartered west of the Allegheny Mountains. The university is mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly to be a \"Preeminent Metropolitan Research University\". UofL enrolls students from 118 of 120 Kentucky counties, all 50 U.S. states, and 116 countries around the world.

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 Kentucky, 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 Kentucky, check out:

Safest Colleges In Kentucky

Rank College Safety Score
1 Spalding University 5.0
2 Bellarmine University 6.0
3 Kentucky State University 7.33
4 Western Kentucky University 7.33
5 University of Pikeville 7.67
6 Kentucky Wesleyan College 8.0
7 Lindsey Wilson College 8.0
8 Kentucky Christian University 8.33
9 Alice Lloyd College 8.67
10 University of Louisville 9.0
11 Morehead State University 9.33
12 Northern Kentucky University 10.33
13 Asbury University 12.67
14 University of Kentucky 14.0
15 Georgetown College 14.0
16 Murray State University 14.0
17 Eastern Kentucky University 15.0
18 Centre College 15.0
19 Berea College 16.33
20 Campbellsville University 16.33
21 Transylvania University 18.67

About Chris Kolmar

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