These Are The 6 Safest Colleges In New Mexico For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In New Mexico For 2020

  1. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
  2. Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus
  3. Western New Mexico University
  4. New Mexico Highlands University
  5. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
  6. New Mexico State University-Main Campus

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 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to your college visit road trip around New Mexico.

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

For more reading on colleges around New Mexico, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In New Mexico For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in New Mexico, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in New Mexico 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 6 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 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology or Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus.

New Mexico Institute Of Mining And Technology
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Socorro, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 1,238
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0014
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is a university located in Socorro, New Mexico.

Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

Location: Portales, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 2,942
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0005

Eastern New Mexico University is a state university in Portales, Roosevelt County, New Mexico, United States. ENMU is an accredited university offering both graduate and undergraduate degrees. It is New Mexico's largest regional comprehensive university and is the most recently founded state university in New Mexico. It is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution and a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The university consists of 5 colleges on three campuses. ENMU's main campus is located in Portales and there are also two degree-granting branches at Ruidoso and Roswell. The university also includes several museums.

Western New Mexico University

Location: Silver City, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 2,165
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0018
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Western New Mexico University is a public university located in Silver City, in the U.S. state of New Mexico. It has served the people of the state and its surrounding areas as a comprehensive, regional, rural, public coeducational university since 1893 and caters to a student body diverse in age, culture, language and ethnic background.

New Mexico Highlands University

Location: Las Vegas, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 1,888
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0009
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

New Mexico Highlands University is a public comprehensive university located in Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States. It aims to provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to attain an exceptional education by fostering creativity, critical thinking and research in the liberal arts, sciences, and professions within a diverse community. New Mexico Highlands University is one of the leading colleges in the country for boosting its students' social mobility, according to the Brookings Institution.

University Of New Mexico-Main Campus
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Albuquerque, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 16,414
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0063
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0009

The University of New Mexico is a public research university in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 1889, UNM offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree programs in a wide variety of fields. Its Albuquerque campus encompasses over 600 acres, and there are branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Taos, and Los Lunas.

New Mexico State University-Main Campus

Location: Las Cruces, NM
# Of Undergraduates: 12,453
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0032
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0009

New Mexico State University is a public, land-grant and space-grant, flagship research university in Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States, and the flagship campus of NMSU System. Founded in 1888, it is the oldest public institution of higher education in the state of New Mexico. Total enrollment across all campuses as of 2017 was 24580, with branch campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doa Ana County and Grants, and with extension and research centers across New Mexico.

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 New Mexico, 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 New Mexico, check out:

Safest Colleges In New Mexico

Rank College Safety Score
1 New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 1.33
2 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus 2.33
3 Western New Mexico University 3.0
4 New Mexico Highlands University 4.0
5 University of New Mexico-Main Campus 5.0
6 New Mexico State University-Main Campus 5.33

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