These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Maryland For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Maryland For 2020

  1. University of Baltimore
  2. University of Maryland-University College
  3. University of Maryland Baltimore
  4. Towson University
  5. Notre Dame of Maryland University
  6. Johns Hopkins University
  7. University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  8. Hood College
  9. University of Maryland-College Park
  10. Salisbury 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 University of Baltimore to your college visit road trip around Maryland.

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

For more reading on colleges around Maryland, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Maryland For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Maryland, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Maryland 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 22 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 Baltimore or University of Maryland-University College.

University Of Baltimore

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 2,016
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The University of Baltimore, located in midtown Baltimore, in the U.S. state of Maryland, in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood at 1420 N. Charles Street, is part of the University System of Maryland. The university is a public undergraduate, graduate, and professional university located in the heart of the state's largest city. UB's schools and colleges provide education in business, law, public affairs, and the applied arts and sciences.

University Of Maryland-University College

Location: Adelphi, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 13,226
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The University of Maryland University College is an American public not-for-profit university located in Adelphi in Prince George's County, Maryland in the United States. UMUC offers classes and programs on campus in its Academic Center in Largo, and at satellite campuses across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, throughout Maryland, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

University Of Maryland Baltimore

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 750
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, was founded in 1807. It comprises some of the oldest professional schools of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, social work and nursing in the United States. It is the original campus of the University System of Maryland and has a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park. Located on 60 acres on the west side of downtown Baltimore, it is part of the University System of Maryland. Effective July 1, 2010, Jay A. Perman was appointed president of the university by William English Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

Towson University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Towson, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 13,905
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Towson University, often referred to as TU or simply Towson for short, is a public university located in Towson in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. It is a part of the University System of Maryland. Founded in 1866 as Maryland's first training school for teachers, Towson University has evolved into a four-year degree-granting institution consisting of eight colleges with over 20,000 students enrolled. Towson is one of the largest public universities in Maryland and still produces the most teachers of any university in the state.

Notre Dame Of Maryland University

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 1,930
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008

Notre Dame of Maryland University is a private, Catholic-affiliated, university located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. NDMU offers Maryland's only women's college, as well as certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs for women and men.

Johns Hopkins University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 5,278
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Johns Hopkins University is an American private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1876, the university was named for its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. His $7 million bequest --of which half financed the establishment of Johns Hopkins Hospital--was the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the United States at that time. Daniel Coit Gilman, who was inaugurated as the institution's first president on February 22, 1876, led the university to revolutionize higher education in the U.S. by integrating teaching and research. Adopting the concept of a graduate school from Germany's ancient Heidelberg University, Johns Hopkins University is considered the first research university in the United States.

University Of Maryland-Baltimore County

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 9,101
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is an American public research university, located in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States, mostly in the community of Catonsville, approximately 10 minutes from downtown Baltimore City. With a fall 2017 enrollment of 13,662 students, 48 undergraduate majors, over 60 graduate programs and the first university research park in Maryland, UMBC has been named the #1 Up-and-Coming University for six years in a row, since 2009, by US News & World Report. In addition, US News & World Report has placed UMBC in the top ten for best undergraduate teaching six years in a row, being placed at #5, the second highest-ranked public university.

Location: Frederick, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 855
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0019

Hood College is a liberal arts college in Frederick, Maryland. It enrolls approximately 2,400 students, nearly 1,400 of whom are undergraduates.

University Of Maryland-College Park
Source: Wikipedia

Location: College Park, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 24,638
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0009
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland, approximately 4 miles from the northeast border of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, the university is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. The University of Maryland is the largest university in the state and the largest in the Washington metropolitan area, with a fall 2016 enrollment of more than 39,000 students, as well as over 100 undergraduate majors and 120 graduate programs. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The University of Maryland has been labeled as one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.

Salisbury University

Location: Salisbury, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 5,883
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0009

Salisbury University is a public university located in the city of Salisbury in Wicomico County, Maryland, roughly 30 miles west of Ocean City, Maryland, and approximately 115 miles southeast of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC. Founded in 1925, Salisbury is a member of the University System of Maryland, with a Fall 2016 enrollment of 8,748.

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 Maryland, 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 Maryland, check out:

Safest Colleges In Maryland

Rank College Safety Score
1 University of Baltimore 3.17
2 University of Maryland-University College 3.17
3 University of Maryland Baltimore 3.33
4 Towson University 6.33
5 Notre Dame of Maryland University 7.0
6 Johns Hopkins University 7.33
7 University of Maryland-Baltimore County 8.33
8 Hood College 9.0
9 University of Maryland-College Park 10.33
10 Salisbury University 11.67
11 Bowie State University 11.83
12 Loyola University Maryland 12.67
13 Mount St Mary's University 12.67
14 McDaniel College 13.0
15 Maryland Institute College of Art 13.33
16 Morgan State University 14.0
17 Frostburg State University 15.0
18 Coppin State University 15.17
19 University of Maryland Eastern Shore 17.33
20 Washington College 18.67
21 Goucher College 19.67
22 St Mary's College of Maryland 20.0

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