These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In New York For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In New York For 2020

  1. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College
  2. Pace University-New York
  3. New York Institute of Technology
  4. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  5. CUNY York College
  6. Pratt Institute-Main
  7. Daemen College
  8. CUNY City College
  9. College of Staten Island CUNY
  10. Yeshiva 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 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College to your college visit road trip around New York.

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

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

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

In order to rank the safest colleges in New York, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in New York 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 93 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 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College or Pace University-New York.

Cuny Bernard M Baruch College

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 13,025
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The Baruch College is a public research university in the Manhattan borough of New York City. It is a constituent college of the City University of New York system. Named for financier and statesman Bernard M. Baruch, the college operates undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs through its Zicklin School of Business, as well as the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 5,755
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

New York Institute Of Technology

Location: Old Westbury, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 3,052
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

New York Institute of Technology is a private, independent, nonprofit, non-sectarian, coeducational research university founded in 1955.

Cuny John Jay College Of Criminal Justice
Source: Wikipedia

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 9,559
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. John Jay was founded as the only liberal arts college with a criminal justice and forensic focus in the United States. The college is known for its criminal justice, forensic science, forensic psychology, and public affairs programs.

Location: Jamaica, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 5,357
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Location: Brooklyn, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 1,495
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Daemen College

Location: Amherst, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 1,703
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Daemen College is a liberal arts college in Amherst, New York. It is a non-sectarian four-year liberal arts college that also offers graduate programs in business, healthcare and education.

Cuny City College

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 8,155
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

The City College of the City University of New York is a public senior college of the City University of New York in New York City.

Located in Hamilton Heights overlooking Harlem in Manhattan, City College's 35-acre Collegiate Gothic campus spans Convent Avenue from 130th to 141st Streets. It was initially designed by renowned architect George B. Post, and many of its buildings have achieved landmark status. Affectionately known as the "Harvard of the proletariat," the college has graduated ten Nobel Prize winners. Among these alumni, the latest is a Bronx native, John O'Keefe.

Location: Staten Island, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 9,735
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Yeshiva University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 2,744
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Yeshiva University is a private, non-profit research university located in New York City, United States, with four campuses in New York City.The university's undergraduate schools—Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Syms School of Business—offer a dual curriculum inspired by Modern-Centrist-Orthodox Judaism's hashkafa (philosophy) of Torah Umadda ("Torah and secular knowledge") combining academic education with the study of the Torah.While the majority of students at the University are of the Jewish faith, many students, especially at School of Law, the School of Business, the Graduate School of Psychology, and the Medical School, are not Jewish. Yeshiva University is an independent institution chartered by New York State. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by several professional agencies.

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 York, 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 York, check out:

Safest Colleges In New York

Rank College Safety Score
1 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 15.0
2 Pace University-New York 17.17
3 New York Institute of Technology 18.67
4 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice 19.0
5 CUNY York College 19.17
6 Pratt Institute-Main 19.5
7 Daemen College 19.67
8 CUNY City College 20.0
9 College of Staten Island CUNY 21.33
10 Yeshiva University 24.0
11 Saint John Fisher College 24.33
12 St Francis College 24.5
13 CUNY Queens College 24.67
14 Barnard College 24.83
15 The College of Saint Rose 25.0
16 CUNY Hunter College 25.17
17 Rochester Institute of Technology 26.17
18 Iona College 28.67
19 New York University 28.67
20 The Juilliard School 30.17
21 Adelphi University 30.67
22 CUNY Medgar Evers College 32.0
23 Clarkson University 32.17
24 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 32.5
25 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 32.5
26 Farmingdale State College 33.0
27 Mercy College 34.0
28 LIU Post 35.0
29 SUNY Oneonta 35.67
30 St John's University-New York 37.0
31 The Sage Colleges 37.0
32 St Lawrence University 37.17
33 SUNY College at Geneseo 37.67
34 Marist College 38.0
35 SUNY at Fredonia 38.0
36 Niagara University 38.33
37 SUNY Cortland 38.67
38 Manhattan College 39.0
39 Fordham University 40.0
40 Columbia University in the City of New York 40.33
41 Manhattanville College 41.0
42 Roberts Wesleyan College 43.33
43 State University of New York at New Paltz 44.33
44 SUNY College at Old Westbury 44.67
45 SUNY College at Brockport 45.33
46 University at Buffalo 45.67
47 Alfred University 46.0
48 Nazareth College 46.33
49 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 46.67
50 Hilbert College 47.0
51 Hofstra University 47.33
52 St. Thomas Aquinas College 49.0
53 Wagner College 49.67
54 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 50.17
55 SUNY Polytechnic Institute 50.17
56 SUNY at Binghamton 51.0
57 Ithaca College 51.33
58 Keuka College 52.33
59 D'Youville College 52.33
60 Houghton College 53.33
61 LIU Brooklyn 53.67
62 Elmira College 54.0
63 Syracuse University 54.0
64 United States Merchant Marine Academy 54.67
65 SUNY Maritime College 55.67
66 Cornell University 56.33
67 Stony Brook University 56.67
68 SUNY at Purchase College 57.67
69 Canisius College 60.0
70 Cazenovia College 61.0
71 Hartwick College 61.33
72 University of Rochester 61.67
73 SUNY College at Potsdam 62.0
74 St Bonaventure University 64.0
75 Hamilton College 65.0
76 SUNY Buffalo State 65.33
77 SUNY College at Oswego 65.67
78 SUNY at Albany 66.0
79 Siena College 67.0
80 Mount Saint Mary College 67.33
81 Skidmore College 68.33
82 College of Mount Saint Vincent 69.0
83 SUNY College at Plattsburgh 73.33
84 SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill 75.67
85 Dominican College of Blauvelt 77.0
86 Union College 77.0
87 Le Moyne College 78.33
88 Bard College 79.33
89 Colgate University 83.67
90 Vassar College 85.0
91 Paul Smiths College of Arts and Science 85.67
92 Sarah Lawrence College 87.33
93 Hobart William Smith Colleges 91.0

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