These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Mississippi For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Mississippi For 2020

  1. William Carey University
  2. Mississippi College
  3. Belhaven University
  4. University of Southern Mississippi
  5. University of Mississippi
  6. Mississippi State University
  7. Alcorn State University
  8. Tougaloo College
  9. Delta State University
  10. Rust 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 William Carey University to your college visit road trip around Mississippi.

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

For more reading on colleges around Mississippi, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Mississippi For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Mississippi, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Mississippi 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 13 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 William Carey University or Mississippi College.

William Carey University

Location: Hattiesburg, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 1,715
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

William Carey University is a private Christian liberal arts college in Mississippi, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Mississippi Baptist Convention. The main campus is in Hattiesburg, and a second campus is in the Tradition community near Gulfport and Biloxi.

Mississippi College

Location: Clinton, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 2,440
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Mississippi College is a Christian university located in Clinton, Mississippi, just west of the capital city of Jackson. Founded in 1826, MC is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the United States and the oldest college in Mississippi. With more than 5,000 students, Mississippi College is the largest private university in the state.

Belhaven University

Location: Jackson, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 1,429
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Belhaven University is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Jackson, Mississippi, founded in 1883. The university offers traditional majors, programs of general studies, and pre-professional programs in Christian Ministry, Medicine, Dentistry, Law, and Nursing.

University Of Southern Mississippi

Location: Hattiesburg, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 12,143
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

The University of Southern Mississippi, known informally as Southern Miss, is a public research university with its main campus located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Hattiesburg campus is located 70 miles north of Gulfport, Mississippi and 105 miles northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. USM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a \"Research University\" with \"High Research Activity\".

University Of Mississippi

Location: University, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 9,608
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

The University of Mississippi is an American public research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. Including the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, it is the state's largest university by enrollment. The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, 1844, and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. The university is classified as an \"R1: Doctoral University--Highest Research Activity\" by the Carnegie Foundation and has an annual research and development budget of $121.6 million. The university ranked 145 in the 2018 edition of the US News Rankings of Best National Universities.

Mississippi State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Mississippi State, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 13,307
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008

The Mississippi State University for Agriculture and Applied Science, commonly known as Mississippi State University, is a comprehensive land-grant and public research university located adjacent to the city of Starkville in an unincorporated area of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. With 21,353 students at its Starkville campus, Mississippi State has the largest campus by enrollment in the state. It is classified in the category of \"R2: Doctoral Universities - Higher Research Activity\" by the Carnegie Foundation and has a total research and development budget of $239.4 million, the largest in Mississippi. It is listed as one of the state's flagship universities.

Alcorn State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Alcorn State, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 2,398
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Alcorn State University is a public, historically black, comprehensive, land-grant institution located northwest of Lorman, Mississippi in rural Claiborne County. It was founded in 1871 by the Reconstruction-era legislature to provide higher education for freedmen. It is the first black land grant college established in the United States. Its main campus is approximately 80 miles southwest of Jackson, Mississippi.

Tougaloo College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Tougaloo, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 1,000
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0012
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0116
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Tougaloo College is a private, co-educational, historically black, liberal arts institution of higher education founded in 1869, in Madison County, north of Jackson, Mississippi, United States. Originally established by New York-based Christian missionaries for the education of freed slaves and their offspring, from 1871 until 1892 the college served as a teachers' training school funded by the state of Mississippi.

Delta State University

Location: Cleveland, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 3,356
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Delta State University is a regional public university located in Cleveland, Mississippi, United States, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. DSU is one of eight publicly funded universities in the state.

Location: Holly Springs, MS
# Of Undergraduates: 853
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

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 Mississippi, 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 Mississippi, check out:

Safest Colleges In Mississippi

Rank College Safety Score
1 William Carey University 3.67
2 Mississippi College 4.17
3 Belhaven University 4.83
4 University of Southern Mississippi 5.33
5 University of Mississippi 5.67
6 Mississippi State University 6.67
7 Alcorn State University 7.17
8 Tougaloo College 7.83
9 Delta State University 8.0
10 Rust College 8.17
11 Mississippi Valley State University 9.5
12 Millsaps College 9.67
13 Jackson State University 10.33

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