These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Massachusetts For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Massachusetts For 2020

  1. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  2. Wentworth Institute of Technology
  3. Gordon College
  4. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  5. College of Our Lady of the Elms
  6. Bay Path University
  7. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
  8. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  9. Berklee College of Music
  10. Regis College

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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute to your college visit road trip around Massachusetts.

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

For more reading on colleges around Massachusetts, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Massachusetts For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Massachusetts, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Massachusetts 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 60 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 Worcester Polytechnic Institute or Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Location: Worcester, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,817
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private research university in Worcester, Massachusetts, focusing on the instruction and research of technical arts and applied sciences.

Wentworth Institute Of Technology

Location: Boston, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,187
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Wentworth Institute of Technology is an independent, co-educational, technical design and engineering university located in Boston, Massachusetts. Wentworth was founded in 1904 and offers career-focused education through its 18 bachelor's degree programs in areas such as applied mathematics, architecture, computer science, industrial design, interior design, engineering, engineering technology, and management, as well as master's degrees in architecture, civil engineering, construction management, facility management, applied computer science, and technology management.

Location: Wenham, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,528
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0005

Gordon College may refer to:

Gordon College (Georgia), a public college in Barnesville, Georgia

Gordon College (Massachusetts), a Christian college in Wenham, Massachusetts

Gordon College (Pakistan), a Christian college in Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Gordon College (Philippines), a public university in Olongapo City, Zambales

Gordon College of Education, a college in Haifa, Israel

Gordon Memorial College, Khartoum, Sudan

Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Buzzards Bay, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 830
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

Massachusetts Maritime Academy ) is a regionally accredited, coeducational, state college offering undergraduate degrees in maritime-related fields, as well as graduate degrees and professional studies. Established in 1891, Mass Maritime is the second oldest state maritime academy in the United States. The Academy is located on Taylor's Point in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, in the United States and prepares students for careers in the marine transportation, engineering, maritime business, emergency management, and environmental fields. Originally established to graduate deck and engineering officers for the U.S. Merchant Marine, the academy has since expanded its curriculum. Though not required, some graduates go on to serve in active & reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces. The Academy operates a training ship, the USTS Kennedy.

College Of Our Lady Of The Elms

Location: Chicopee, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 641
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

The College of Our Lady of the Elms, often called Elms College, is a Catholic liberal arts college located in Chicopee, Massachusetts, near Springfield.

Location: Longmeadow, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 765
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Bay Path University is a private university located in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Bay Path offers both all-women bachelor's degree programs, co-educational master's degree programs, and an occupational therapy doctorate program for men and women online. The university also has a One Day A Week Saturday program for adult women and The American Women's College, the first all-women online college.

University Of Massachusetts-Lowell

Location: Lowell, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 9,543
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is a nationally ranked, public research institution located in Lowell, Massachusetts with a small satellite campus in Haverhill, Massachusetts. The campus is located 25 miles northwest of Boston and is on both sides of the Merrimack River.

University Of Massachusetts-Boston
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Boston, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 10,442
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

The University of Massachusetts Boston, also known as UMass Boston, is an urban public research university and the third-largest campus in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.

Berklee College Of Music

Location: Boston, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,361
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008

Berklee College of Music, located in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. Known for the study of jazz and modern American music, it also offers college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including rock, flamenco, hip hop, reggae, salsa, heavy metal and bluegrass. Since 2012, Berklee College of Music has also operated a campus in Valencia, Spain.

Location: Weston, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 884
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0005

Regis College may refer to:

Regis College, Massachusetts

Regis College, Toronto

Regis University, formerly known as Regis College

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 Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts, check out:

Safest Colleges In Massachusetts

Rank College Safety Score
1 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 8.0
2 Wentworth Institute of Technology 9.67
3 Gordon College 10.67
4 Massachusetts Maritime Academy 12.0
5 College of Our Lady of the Elms 12.33
6 Bay Path University 13.17
7 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 13.5
8 University of Massachusetts-Boston 14.33
9 Berklee College of Music 16.17
10 Regis College 18.5
11 Emmanuel College 20.5
12 Simmons College 21.5
13 Newbury College 22.33
14 Suffolk University 22.33
15 Wheelock College 23.0
16 Bridgewater State University 23.33
17 Western New England University 23.83
18 Mount Ida College 24.17
19 Westfield State University 24.33
20 Fisher College 24.5
21 Boston University 25.0
22 Emerson College 25.17
23 Brandeis University 25.5
24 Framingham State University 27.17
25 Worcester State University 27.33
26 Northeastern University 27.67
27 Endicott College 28.67
28 Wellesley College 28.83
29 Becker College 29.17
30 Massachusetts College of Art and Design 29.33
31 Lasell College 30.17
32 Fitchburg State University 30.67
33 Eastern Nazarene College 31.17
34 Bentley University 31.33
35 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 31.33
36 Salem State University 31.33
37 Lesley University 31.67
38 Smith College 34.17
39 Anna Maria College 35.17
40 Clark University 35.17
41 Boston College 36.0
42 Springfield College 36.17
43 College of the Holy Cross 36.5
44 Harvard University 36.67
45 Tufts University 37.33
46 Mount Holyoke College 38.5
47 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 38.67
48 Stonehill College 39.0
49 American International College 39.33
50 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 41.33
51 Amherst College 41.83
52 Merrimack College 42.0
53 Hampshire College 43.17
54 Curry College 45.67
55 Babson College 49.33
56 Assumption College 52.67
57 Nichols College 53.33
58 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 53.67
59 Wheaton College 56.0
60 Williams College 58.67

About Chris Kolmar

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