These Are The 9 Safest Colleges In Rhode Island For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Rhode Island For 2020

  1. Rhode Island College
  2. Salve Regina University
  3. Johnson & Wales University-Providence
  4. University of Rhode Island
  5. Providence College
  6. Roger Williams University
  7. Bryant University
  8. Brown University
  9. Rhode Island School of Design

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 Rhode Island College to your college visit road trip around Rhode Island.

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

For more reading on colleges around Rhode Island, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Rhode Island For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Rhode Island, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Rhode Island 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 9 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 Rhode Island College or Salve Regina University.

Rhode Island College

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 6,917
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

Rhode Island College is a public, coeducational college in Providence, Rhode Island, founded in 1854, it is the second oldest college in Rhode Island, after Brown University. Located on a 180-acre campus, the College has a student body of 9,000: 7,518 undergraduates and 1,482 graduate students. A member of the NCAA, Rhode Island College has 17 Division III teams.

Salve Regina University

Location: Newport, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,835
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0007

Salve Regina University is a Catholic, coeducational university founded by the Sisters of Mercy, located in the city of Newport, Rhode Island. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the university enrolls more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world.

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 8,533
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.001

JWU Providence teams participate as members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Wildcats are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, tennis, volleyball and wrestling, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, lacrosse, soccer, softball, field hockey, tennis, ice hockey and volleyball. The Wildcat men's ice hockey team competes as an associate member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

University Of Rhode Island

Location: Kingston, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 10,647
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0008

The University of Rhode Island, commonly referred to as URI, is the flagship public research as well as the land grant and sea grant university for the state of Rhode Island. Its main campus is located in the village of Kingston in southern Rhode Island. Additionally, smaller campuses include the Feinstein Campus in Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence, the Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich.

Providence College

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 4,405
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0022
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Providence College is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, United States, the state's capital city. With a 2012-2013 enrollment of 3,852 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students, the college specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Friars.

Roger Williams University

Location: Bristol, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 3,676
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0019

Roger Williams University is a private, coeducational American liberal arts university located on 140 acres in Bristol, Rhode Island, on Mt. Hope Bay, with a branch in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1956, it was named for theologian and Rhode Island cofounder Roger Williams.

Bryant University

Location: Smithfield, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,901
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0019

Bryant University is a private university in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Until August 2004, it was known as Bryant College. Bryant has two colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the AACSB International.

Brown University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 6,029
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0013
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0048

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. Founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, it is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Rhode Island School Of Design

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,829
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0008
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0016

Rhode Island School of Design is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It has consistently been ranked among the best educational institutions in the world for art and design.

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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island, check out:

Safest Colleges In Rhode Island

Rank College Safety Score
1 Rhode Island College 1.83
2 Salve Regina University 2.17
3 Johnson & Wales University-Providence 3.83
4 University of Rhode Island 5.0
5 Providence College 6.0
6 Roger Williams University 6.0
7 Bryant University 6.17
8 Brown University 6.67
9 Rhode Island School of Design 7.33

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