These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Tennessee For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Tennessee For 2020

  1. Trevecca Nazarene University
  2. Bryan College-Dayton
  3. Cumberland University
  4. Middle Tennessee State University
  5. Johnson University
  6. Bethel University
  7. Austin Peay State University
  8. Le Moyne-Owen College
  9. Lipscomb University
  10. Tennessee Technological 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 Trevecca Nazarene University to your college visit road trip around Tennessee.

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

For more reading on colleges around Tennessee, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Tennessee For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Tennessee, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Tennessee 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 31 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 Trevecca Nazarene University or Bryan College-Dayton.

Trevecca Nazarene University

Location: Nashville, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,021
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0009
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private Christian liberal arts college in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. Trevecca was founded in 1901. Trevecca's mission is \"a Christian community providing education for leadership and service.\"

Location: Dayton, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 613
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0014
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Cumberland University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Lebanon, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 935
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0015
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Cumberland University is a private university in Lebanon, Tennessee. It was founded in 1842, though the current campus buildings were constructed between 1892 and 1896.

Middle Tennessee State University

Location: Murfreesboro, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 17,247
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

Middle Tennessee State University, commonly abbreviated as MTSU or MT, is a comprehensive coeducational public university in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Johnson University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Knoxville, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 541
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0018
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Johnson University is a private, Christian, co-educational university with its main campus located six miles southeast of Knoxville, Tennessee in the Kimberlin Heights community.

Location: McKenzie, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 776
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0005
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0007

Bethel University may refer to:

Bethel University (Minnesota)

Bethel University (Tennessee)

Former name of Shorter College (Arkansas)

Austin Peay State University

Location: Clarksville, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 6,658
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Austin Peay State University is a four-year public university located in Clarksville, Tennessee. Standing on a site occupied by a succession of Tennessean educational institutions since 1845, the precursor of the university was established in 1927 and named for then-sitting Governor Austin Peay. Affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents, it is now governed by the Austin Peay State University Board of Trustees as of May 2017. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and, in 2012, was the fastest-growing university in Tennessee.

Location: Memphis, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 979
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

LeMoyne-Owen College is a fully accredited, four-year private historically black college located in Memphis, Tennessee, affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It resulted from the 1968 merger of historically black colleges and other schools established by northern Protestant missions during and after the American Civil War.

Lipscomb University

Location: Nashville, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 2,264
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0006

Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, liberal arts university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The campus is located in the Green Hills neighborhood of Nashville between Belmont Boulevard to the west and Granny White Pike on the east. Student enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 4,632 which includes 2,986 undergraduate students and 1,646 graduate students. It also maintains two locations called \"Spark\" in the Cool Springs area of Williamson County and Downtown Nashville.

Tennessee Technological University

Location: Cookeville, TN
# Of Undergraduates: 6,876
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Tennessee Technological University, popularly known as Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee, United States, a city approximately 80 miles east of Nashville. It was formerly known as Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, and before that as University of Dixie, the name under which it was founded as a private institution in 1909. Tennessee Tech places special emphasis on undergraduate education in fields related to engineering and technology, although degrees in education, liberal arts, agriculture, nursing, and other fields of study can be pursued as well. Additionally, there are graduate offerings in engineering, education, business, and the liberal arts. Affiliated with the Tennessee Board of Regents, the university is governed by a Board of Trustees. Its athletic teams compete in the Ohio Valley Conference.

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 Tennessee, 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 Tennessee, check out:

Safest Colleges In Tennessee

Rank College Safety Score
1 Trevecca Nazarene University 7.33
2 Bryan College-Dayton 9.0
3 Cumberland University 10.0
4 Middle Tennessee State University 10.0
5 Johnson University 10.67
6 Bethel University 11.17
7 Austin Peay State University 11.33
8 Le Moyne-Owen College 11.5
9 Lipscomb University 11.5
10 Tennessee Technological University 11.67
11 King University 11.67
12 Tennessee Wesleyan University 13.67
13 East Tennessee State University 14.0
14 The University of Tennessee-Martin 14.67
15 Martin Methodist College 15.5
16 Carson-Newman University 15.83
17 Christian Brothers University 16.67
18 Belmont University 17.0
19 Tusculum College 17.17
20 Tennessee State University 17.67
21 University of Memphis 18.0
22 The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 18.0
23 Lee University 18.83
24 Vanderbilt University 21.0
25 Rhodes College 21.17
26 Fisk University 21.17
27 Freed-Hardeman University 21.33
28 The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 21.33
29 Sewanee-The University of the South 22.5
30 Southern Adventist University 24.67
31 Lane College 30.0

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