These Are The 8 Safest Colleges In Montana For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Montana For 2020

  1. Montana State University-Billings
  2. Rocky Mountain College
  3. Montana State University-Northern
  4. The University of Montana-Western
  5. Montana State University
  6. Carroll College
  7. University of Great Falls
  8. The University of Montana

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 Montana State University-Billings to your college visit road trip around Montana.

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

For more reading on colleges around Montana, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Montana For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Montana, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Montana 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 8 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 Montana State University-Billings or Rocky Mountain College.

Montana State University-Billings

Location: Billings, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 3,336
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Montana State University Billings is a state university. Its main campus is located on 110 acres in downtown Billings, Montana, United States. Formerly Eastern Montana Normal School when it was founded in 1927, it was then renamed in 1949 to Eastern Montana College of Education. In 1965, it became a full-fledged four-year college as Eastern Montana College. It merged with Montana State University in 1994 under its present name. Currently, the university offers associates, bachelor's and master's degrees through the Universitys five colleges. The five colleges of Montana State University Billings are Arts and Sciences, Business, Allied Health professions, Education and City College. It has the third largest campus population in the Montana State University System. Unlike the two bigger universities in the state, MSU Billings has a large proportion of non-traditional students: 40 percent.

Location: Billings, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 784
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.001

Rocky Mountain College, located in Billings, in the U.S. state of Montana, is a private comprehensive college offering 50 liberal arts- and professionally oriented- majors in 24 undergraduate disciplines. In fall 2013, the college had 1069 enrolled students. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the United Church of Christ.

Location: Havre, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,389
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Montana State University-Northern is a public state university, part of the Montana State University System, located in Havre, in the U.S. state of Montana. Montana State University-Northern was known as Northern Montana College prior to the restructuring of Montana's public university system. It has an operating budget for fiscal year 2007 of $12,540,000. In 1913, the Montana State Legislature approved the establishment of the Northern Montana Agricultural and Manual Training School at Fort Assinniboine, six miles southwest of Havre, but no money was actually appropriated. The State Legislature amended their original act in 1927 to include certain academic subjects and in 1929, the Legislature appropriated funds to establish the college as a branch of the University of Montana. Northern Montana College opened its doors in September 1929 in temporary quarters in Havre High School, and moved to its present campus in 1932.

The University Of Montana-Western

Location: Dillon, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,160
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0013
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The University of Montana Western is a public university located in Dillon, Montana, United States. It is affiliated with The University of Montana and is part of the Montana University System. The school was founded in 1893 as Montana State Normal School. The college was founded as a center for training teachers. It was formerly known as Western Montana College before becoming part of the Montana University System in 2000. Enrollment as of Fall 2016 was 1,501 students.

Montana State University

Location: Bozeman, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 10,441
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.001

Montana State University is a land-grant university located in Bozeman, Montana, United States. It is the state's largest university and primary campus in the Montana State University System, which is part of the Montana University System. MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 51 fields, master's degrees in 41 fields, and doctoral degrees in 18 fields through its nine colleges. The university regularly reports annual research expenditures in excess of $100 million, including a record $130.8 million in 2017.

Carroll College

Location: Helena, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,251
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0029

Carroll College is a small, private, Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Helena, Montana, United States. Carroll College has earned national and regional awards for its academic programs, most notably in its Pre-Med and Nursing Majors. Carroll's colors are purple and gold. The school's sports teams are labelled the Saints, colloquially known as the \"Fighting Saints.\" Their speech and debate team is known as the \"Talking Saints.\"

University Of Great Falls

Location: Great Falls, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 893
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0031
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.001

University of Great Falls is a private Roman Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana within the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. The university is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. The University's mission "is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal education for living and for making a living."

The University Of Montana

Location: Missoula, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 10,666
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0013

The University of Montana is a public research university in Missoula, Montana, in the United States. Founded in 1893, the university is a flagship institution of the Montana University System and its second largest campus. The main campus is at the foot of Mount Sentinel, the hill bearing Missoula's most recognizable landmark, a large hillside letter \"M.\"

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 Montana, 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 Montana, check out:

Safest Colleges In Montana

Rank College Safety Score
1 Montana State University-Billings 2.67
2 Rocky Mountain College 3.0
3 Montana State University-Northern 3.5
4 The University of Montana-Western 4.17
5 Montana State University 5.0
6 Carroll College 5.0
7 University of Great Falls 5.67
8 The University of Montana 7.0

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