These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Pennsylvania For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Pennsylvania For 2020

  1. Point Park University
  2. Misericordia University
  3. Carlow University
  4. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  5. Robert Morris University
  6. Geneva College
  7. Waynesburg University
  8. Widener University
  9. California University of Pennsylvania
  10. Saint Joseph's 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 Point Park University to your college visit road trip around Pennsylvania.

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

For more reading on colleges around Pennsylvania, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Pennsylvania For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Pennsylvania, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Pennsylvania 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 96 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 Point Park University or Misericordia University.

Point Park University

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,531
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Point Park University is a liberal arts university in downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Formerly known as Point Park College, the school name was revised in 2004 to reflect the number of graduate programs being offered.

Misericordia University

Location: Dallas, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,640
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Misericordia University is a four-year, Catholic, co-educational liberal arts university located on a 100-acre campus in Dallas, Pennsylvania, near the cities of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton within the Diocese of Scranton. It was founded by the Religious Sisters of Mercy on August 15, 1924. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees as well as post-master's and post-bachelor's certificates.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,631
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Mansfield University Of Pennsylvania
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Mansfield, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,891
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0005

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania is a small, public university located in the borough of Mansfield, Tioga County, Pennsylvania. It is one of the fourteen state universities that are part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and numerous national professional organizations. Mansfield University's total enrollment is 2,198 students. The four core values of the University's creed, which was developed in 1912, are Character, Scholarship, Culture, and Service.

Location: Moon Township, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,714
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

Robert Morris University is a private, doctoral university located in Moon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The school was founded in 1921 and is named after Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Articles of Confederation and financier of the American Revolution. It enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduates and more than 1,000 graduate students. It offers more than 60 bachelor's degree programs and more than 20 master's and doctoral programs. Most students are from the Pittsburgh area, while 17 percent of freshmen in 2014 were from outside Pennsylvania.

Geneva College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Beaver Falls, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,991
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

Geneva College is a Christian liberal arts college in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1848, in Northwood, Logan County, Ohio, the college moved to its present location in 1880, where it continues to educate a student body of about 1400 traditional undergraduates in over 30 majors, as well as graduate students in a handful of master's programs. It is the only undergraduate institution affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.

Waynesburg University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Waynesburg, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,379
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Waynesburg University is a private university founded in ca. 1850 and located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations, and enrolls over 2,500 students, including approximately 1,800 undergraduates.

Location: Chester, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,355
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Widener University is a private, coeducational university located in Chester, Pennsylvania. Its main campus sits on 108 acres, just 14 miles southwest of Philadelphia. The university has three other campuses: two in Pennsylvania and one in Wilmington, Delaware.

California University Of Pennsylvania
Source: Wikipedia

Location: California, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 5,003
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0007

California University of Pennsylvania is a public university located in California, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1852, it is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and, as of July 2015, doctoral degrees. CalU's enrollment was approximately 9,400 in 2010 and has increased the past few years.

Saint Joseph

Location: Philadelphia, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 4,517
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

Saint Joseph's University (also referred to as SJU or St. Joe's) is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic Jesuit university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The university was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851 as Saint Joseph's College. Saint Joseph's is the seventh oldest Jesuit university in the United States and one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Saint Joseph's University educates over 9,200 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students each year through the Erivan K. Haub School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Program of Professional & Liberal Studies, and the Haub Degree Completion Program. The University offers over 60 undergraduate majors, 53 graduate programs, 28 study-abroad programs, 12 special-study options, a co-op program, a joint degree program with Thomas Jefferson University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. It has 17 centers and institutes, including the Kinney Center for Autism Education & Support and the Pedro Arrupe Center for Business Ethics. In the 2014 U.S. News and World Report rankings, in the Master's Universities (North) category, Saint Joseph's was ranked number 11.St. Joe's athletics teams, the Hawks, are an NCAA Division I program, competing in the Atlantic-10 Conference and Philadelphia's Big 5. The official colors of the university are crimson and gray. The school mascot is the Hawk, which never stops flapping its wings while in costume.

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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania, check out:

Safest Colleges In Pennsylvania

Rank College Safety Score
1 Point Park University 19.83
2 Misericordia University 20.83
3 Carlow University 21.5
4 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 21.83
5 Robert Morris University 24.5
6 Geneva College 25.83
7 Waynesburg University 25.83
8 Widener University 26.0
9 California University of Pennsylvania 27.17
10 Saint Joseph's University 29.33
11 Eastern University 30.33
12 Lehigh University 30.33
13 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks 30.67
14 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 30.67
15 Chatham University 30.67
16 Mercyhurst University 31.17
17 Marywood University 31.17
18 Lancaster Bible College 31.5
19 Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania 32.33
20 The University of the Arts 32.67
21 Immaculata University 32.83
22 Alvernia University 33.0
23 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College 33.67
24 Gwynedd Mercy University 34.17
25 Temple University 34.67
26 Duquesne University 35.33
27 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus 35.5
28 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 37.0
29 Cairn University-Langhorne 37.17
30 Drexel University 37.33
31 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre 37.33
32 Chestnut Hill College 37.5
33 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 37.67
34 University of Valley Forge 38.17
35 DeSales University 38.17
36 University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg 38.67
37 York College Pennsylvania 39.33
38 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 40.0
39 King's College 40.33
40 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona 41.0
41 Messiah College 41.17
42 Villanova University 41.33
43 Gannon University 41.83
44 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 42.33
45 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 42.5
46 Cedar Crest College 43.0
47 Saint Vincent College 43.33
48 Philadelphia University 43.67
49 Juniata College 44.5
50 Seton Hill University 47.0
51 Keystone College 47.0
52 Arcadia University 48.0
53 University of Scranton 48.17
54 Thomas Jefferson University 48.83
55 Lebanon Valley College 49.33
56 Cabrini University 50.33
57 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine 50.33
58 Neumann University 50.67
59 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 52.0
60 University of Pennsylvania 52.67
61 Westminster College 54.67
62 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 54.67
63 Washington & Jefferson College 55.0
64 Rosemont College 55.33
65 Muhlenberg College 55.67
66 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny 56.67
67 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 56.67
68 Saint Francis University 58.0
69 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill 58.33
70 Delaware Valley University 58.67
71 Elizabethtown College 59.33
72 Lincoln University 59.33
73 Wilkes University 61.0
74 Bryn Mawr College 62.67
75 Albright College 63.33
76 Carnegie Mellon University 63.67
77 La Salle University 64.0
78 University of Pittsburgh-Bradford 64.67
79 Susquehanna University 64.67
80 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver 65.67
81 Lock Haven University 66.0
82 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 67.0
83 Haverford College 67.33
84 Swarthmore College 69.0
85 Thiel College 69.67
86 Dickinson College 70.0
87 University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown 73.33
88 Bucknell University 73.67
89 Allegheny College 80.67
90 Lafayette College 83.33
91 Moravian College 84.0
92 Gettysburg College 85.0
93 Franklin and Marshall College 86.33
94 Lycoming College 87.0
95 Ursinus College 90.0
96 Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 90.67

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