These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Louisiana For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Louisiana For 2020

  1. Our Lady of the Lake College
  2. Nicholls State University
  3. University of Holy Cross
  4. Louisiana State University-Alexandria
  5. Xavier University of Louisiana
  6. Louisiana Tech University
  7. Loyola University New Orleans
  8. University of Louisiana at Monroe
  9. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  10. Louisiana State University-Shreveport

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 Our Lady of the Lake College to your college visit road trip around Louisiana.

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

For more reading on colleges around Louisiana, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Louisiana For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Louisiana, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Louisiana 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 23 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 Our Lady of the Lake College or Nicholls State University.

Our Lady Of The Lake College

Location: Baton Rouge, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,053
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Our Lady of the Lake College is a private, independent Catholic institution located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. It is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, North American Province. It was started in 1923 as Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing to educate students to serve as health care providers. In 1995, a year after receiving full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as an associate degree-granting institution, the college was renamed Our Lady of the Lake College. SACS gave the College baccalaureate degree-granting authority in 1998, master's degree-granting authority in 2005, and doctoral degree granting beginning in 2015.

Location: Thibodaux, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 6,556
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Nicholls State University, founded in 1948, is a public university located in Thibodaux, Louisiana, United States. Nicholls is part of the University of Louisiana System of universities. Originally named Francis T. Nicholls Junior College, the university is named for Francis T. Nicholls, a former governor of Louisiana and member of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

University Of Holy Cross

Location: New Orleans, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,151
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The University of Holy Cross is a liberal arts college in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Location: Alexandria, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,386
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Louisiana State University of Alexandria is located in Alexandria, Louisiana, in the geographic center of the state. It is a publicly assisted university offering undergraduate degrees in numerous disciplines. The university is a unit of the LSU System and operates under the auspices of the Louisiana Board of Regents. As of fall 2017, LSUA has an enrollment of 3,378 students which is recorded as the highest in the university's history. The institution is located on the grounds of the former Oakland Plantation some eight miles south of downtown Alexandria. The campus boasts many majestic oaks dating from the nineteenth century.

Xavier University Of Louisiana

Location: New Orleans, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,284
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Xavier University of Louisiana, located in the Gert Town section of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States, is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college with the distinction of being the only historically black Roman Catholic institution of higher education in the United States.

Louisiana Tech University

Location: Ruston, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 8,921
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

Louisiana Tech University, colloquially referred to as Louisiana Tech or La. Tech, is a coeducational public research university in Ruston, Louisiana, United States. Louisiana Tech is designated as a Tier One national university by the 2018 U.S. News & World Report college rankings and is the only Tier One national university in the nine-member University of Louisiana System. It is a space grant college, member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, member of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, is a \"R3: Doctoral University with moderate research activity\", according to the Carnegie Foundation Doctoral University.

Loyola University New Orleans
Source: Wikipedia

Location: New Orleans, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,688
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0011

Loyola University New Orleans is a private, co-educational, Jesuit university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally established as Loyola College in 1904, the institution was chartered as a university in 1912. It bears the name of the Jesuit founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Loyola is one of 28 member institutions that make up the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and, with its current enrollment of approximately 5000 students, is among the mid-sized Jesuit universities in the United States. Loyola University New Orleans is ranked as the tenth best institution among Southern regional universities offering masters and undergraduate degrees in the 2017 issue of the annual America's Best Colleges issue and guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review also features Loyola University New Orleans in the most recent editions of its annual book, The Best 371 Colleges. In the past, the school has been called Loyola of the South, Loyola New Orleans, Loyola University, New Orleans, and Loyola University of New Orleans.

University Of Louisiana At Monroe

Location: Monroe, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 8,033
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is a coeducational public university in Monroe, Louisiana, United States, and part of the University of Louisiana System.

University Of Louisiana At Lafayette

Location: Lafayette, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 14,091
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0017
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a coeducational, public, research university in Lafayette, in the U.S. state of Louisiana. It has the largest enrollment within the nine-campus University of Louisiana System and has the second largest enrollment in Louisiana. As a nod to the Acadian French heritage of many of its students, the school sometimes uses the alternate name l'Universit des Acadiens.

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Location: Shreveport, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,422
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0023
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Louisiana State University Shreveport is a branch institution of the Louisiana State University System located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school's athletic programs, nicknamed the Pilots, are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Red River Athletic Conference. Initially, a two-year college, LSUS has expanded into an internationally recognized institution with 21 undergraduate degree programs, a dozen master's degree programs, and more recently a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies. LSUS offers more than 70 extra-curricular organizations and it operates Red River Radio, a public radio network based in Shreveport.

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 Louisiana, 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 Louisiana, check out:

Safest Colleges In Louisiana

Rank College Safety Score
1 Our Lady of the Lake College 4.67
2 Nicholls State University 5.17
3 University of Holy Cross 5.67
4 Louisiana State University-Alexandria 6.83
5 Xavier University of Louisiana 7.5
6 Louisiana Tech University 8.67
7 Loyola University New Orleans 9.5
8 University of Louisiana at Monroe 9.67
9 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 10.0
10 Louisiana State University-Shreveport 10.5
11 Southeastern Louisiana University 11.0
12 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans 12.5
13 McNeese State University 13.83
14 Tulane University of Louisiana 14.0
15 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College 14.0
16 Louisiana College 14.5
17 Northwestern State University of Louisiana 14.67
18 Southern University at New Orleans 15.33
19 Dillard University 16.17
20 Centenary College of Louisiana 16.83
21 University of New Orleans 17.0
22 Southern University and A & M College 18.0
23 Grambling State University 20.0

About Chris Kolmar

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