These Are The 7 Safest Colleges In North Dakota For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In North Dakota For 2020

  1. Minot State University
  2. North Dakota State University-Main Campus
  3. University of Mary
  4. Dickinson State University
  5. University of Jamestown
  6. Mayville State University
  7. University of North Dakota

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 Minot State University to your college visit road trip around North Dakota.

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

For more reading on colleges around North Dakota, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In North Dakota For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in North Dakota, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in North Dakota 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 7 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 Minot State University or North Dakota State University-Main Campus.

Minot State University

Location: Minot, ND
# Of Undergraduates: 2,907
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Minot State University is a four-year institution of higher learning in Minot, North Dakota. Founded in 1913 as a normal school, Minot State University is the third-largest university in North Dakota, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

North Dakota State University-Main Campus

Location: Fargo, ND
# Of Undergraduates: 8,973
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, more commonly known as North Dakota State University, is a public research university that sits on a 258-acre campus in Fargo, North Dakota, U.S. The institution was founded as North Dakota Agricultural College in 1890 as the research land-grant institution for the state of North Dakota. NDSU is a comprehensive doctoral research university with programs involved in very high research activity. NDSU offers 102 undergraduate majors, 170 undergraduate degree programs, 6 undergraduate certificate programs, 79 undergraduate minors, 81 masters degree programs, 47 doctoral degree programs of study and 10 graduate certificate programs. There were 14,358 students attending NDSU from 47 different states and 79 different countries as of Fall 2017.

University Of Mary
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bismarck, ND
# Of Undergraduates: 2,006
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

The University of Mary is a private, Christian, Catholic and Benedictine university near Bismarck, North Dakota, originally known as Mary College, established in 1959.

Location: Dickinson, ND
# Of Undergraduates: 2,012
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0014
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Dickinson State University is a public university in Dickinson, North Dakota. It is part of the North Dakota University System. It was founded in 1918 as Dickinson State Normal School and granted full university status in 1987.

University Of Jamestown

Location: Jamestown, ND
# Of Undergraduates: 1,161
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0009

The University of Jamestown is a private liberal arts college founded by the Presbyterian Church located in Jamestown, North Dakota, United States. It has about 1,000 students enrolled today and has been co-educational from its founding. Until August 2013, the school was known as Jamestown College.

Mayville State University

Location: Mayville, ND
# Of Undergraduates: 776
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0027
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Mayville State University is a public institution of higher learning in Mayville, North Dakota, United States, part of the North Dakota University System.

University Of North Dakota
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Grand Forks, ND
# Of Undergraduates: 9,122
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0009
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

The University of North Dakota is a public research university in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Established by the Dakota Territorial Assembly in 1883, six years before the establishment of the state of North Dakota, it is the state's oldest.

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 North Dakota, 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 North Dakota, check out:

Safest Colleges In North Dakota

Rank College Safety Score
1 Minot State University 3.17
2 North Dakota State University-Main Campus 3.5
3 University of Mary 3.67
4 Dickinson State University 3.83
5 University of Jamestown 4.0
6 Mayville State University 4.17
7 University of North Dakota 5.67

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