These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Texas For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Texas For 2020

  1. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  2. Dallas Baptist University
  3. Wayland Baptist University
  4. University of Houston-Clear Lake
  5. Stephen F Austin State University
  6. Jarvis Christian College
  7. Texas A&M University-Texarkana
  8. The University of Texas at Tyler
  9. University of Houston-Downtown
  10. Southwestern Adventist 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 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to your college visit road trip around Texas.

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

For more reading on colleges around Texas, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Texas For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Texas, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Texas 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 65 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 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley or Dallas Baptist University.

Location: Edinburg, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 11,186
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is a public research university in the University of Texas System. UTRGV has multiple campuses in the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas; founded in 2013, it entered into full operation in 2015 after the consolidation of the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College, the University of Texas-Pan American and the UT Regional Academic Health Center - Harlingen. The university has a new medical school.

Dallas Baptist University

Location: Dallas, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 3,190
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Dallas Baptist University, formerly known as Dallas Baptist College, is a Christian liberal arts university located in Dallas, Texas. The main campus is located approximately 12 miles southwest of downtown Dallas overlooking Mountain Creek Lake. Founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, Dallas Baptist University currently operates campuses in Dallas, Plano, and Hurst.

Location: Plainview, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 4,634
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Wayland Baptist University is private, coeducational Baptist university based in Plainview, Texas. Wayland Baptist has a total of 14 campuses in five Texas cities, six states, and in Kenya. On August 31, 1908, the university was chartered by the state of Texas, under the name Wayland Literary and Technical Institute. The university had another name change in 1910 to Wayland Baptist College. In 1981, it attained university status and settled with the current name, Wayland Baptist University. It currently has a total enrollment of approximately 5,000.

University Of Houston-Clear Lake

Location: Houston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 3,946
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0007
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0001

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is a four-year state university and one of four distinct institutions in the University of HoustonSystem. Its campus spans 524 acres in Houston, Texas, with a branch campus in Pearland. Founded in 1971, UHCL has an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. The U.S. News & World Report ranks the university No.74 in its Regional Universities rankings, and No.24 among public universities in the same category.

Location: Nacogdoches, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 10,246
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Location: Hawkins, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 537
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0012
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

Jarvis Christian College is an independent four year, historically black college located in unincorporated Wood County, Texas, and affiliated with the Disciples of Christ. Founded in 1912, the institution is currently headed by President Dr. Lester C. Newman.

Location: Texarkana, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 793
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0005

Location: Tyler, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 2,602
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0002

The University of Texas at Tyler is a coeducational public university located in Tyler, Texas, United States. Founded in 1971, it is a component institution of The University of TexasSystem.

University Of Houston-Downtown

Location: Houston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 8,932
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0002
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The University of Houston-Downtown is a four-year state university and one of four distinct institutions in the University of HoustonSystem. Its campus spans 40 acres in Downtown Houston, with a satellite location in northwestern HarrisCounty. Founded in 1974, UHD is the second-largest university in the Houston area with more than 14,000 students.

Southwestern Adventist University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Keene, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 1,156
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0013
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

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 Texas, 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 Texas, check out:

Safest Colleges In Texas

Rank College Safety Score
1 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 13.17
2 Dallas Baptist University 13.5
3 Wayland Baptist University 17.17
4 University of Houston-Clear Lake 17.83
5 Stephen F Austin State University 18.17
6 Jarvis Christian College 18.17
7 Texas A&M University-Texarkana 18.33
8 The University of Texas at Tyler 18.83
9 University of Houston-Downtown 19.0
10 Southwestern Adventist University 19.17
11 Texas State University 20.83
12 University of St Thomas 21.5
13 The University of Texas at Dallas 22.33
14 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 23.17
15 Texas A & M University-Commerce 23.5
16 The University of Texas at Arlington 23.67
17 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 23.83
18 Angelo State University 24.17
19 Texas Tech University 24.67
20 Houston Baptist University 25.17
21 Lubbock Christian University 25.83
22 Texas Woman's University 27.0
23 West Texas A & M University 27.17
24 Sam Houston State University 28.33
25 East Texas Baptist University 28.83
26 The University of Texas at Austin 29.0
27 Paul Quinn College 29.17
28 The University of Texas at San Antonio 29.67
29 Lamar University 30.0
30 University of North Texas 30.0
31 University of the Incarnate Word 31.0
32 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi 32.0
33 University of Houston-Victoria 32.33
34 Tarleton State University 33.0
35 Texas Christian University 33.17
36 Concordia University-Texas 33.5
37 The University of Texas at El Paso 34.33
38 McMurry University 34.5
39 Texas A & M University-College Station 35.0
40 Our Lady of the Lake University 35.5
41 Abilene Christian University 35.5
42 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 35.5
43 The University of Texas Medical Branch 36.17
44 Huston-Tillotson University 37.5
45 Saint Edward's University 38.5
46 Texas Wesleyan University 39.33
47 Baylor University 40.67
48 Texas A & M International University 41.0
49 Hardin-Simmons University 41.0
50 Texas Lutheran University 41.17
51 Wiley College 41.17
52 Howard Payne University 41.33
53 Texas Southern University 42.0
54 Southwestern University 43.83
55 University of Houston 45.0
56 Trinity University 45.5
57 University of Dallas 47.0
58 Southern Methodist University 49.0
59 Prairie View A & M University 49.33
60 Rice University 49.67
61 Texas A & M University-Kingsville 50.33
62 Sul Ross State University 52.0
63 Midwestern State University 55.67
64 Austin College 59.33
65 St. Mary's University 62.0

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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