These Are The 10 Safest Colleges In Wisconsin For 2020


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However, most of us are more withdrawn than ever.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

The 10 Safest Colleges In Wisconsin For 2020

  1. Concordia University-Wisconsin
  2. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  3. University of Wisconsin-Stout
  4. University of Wisconsin-Superior
  5. Viterbo University
  6. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
  7. Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
  8. Cardinal Stritch University
  9. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  10. University of Wisconsin-Platteville

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 Concordia University-Wisconsin to your college visit road trip around Wisconsin.

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

For more reading on colleges around Wisconsin, check out:

How We Determined The Safest College Campuses In Wisconsin For 2020

In order to rank the safest colleges in Wisconsin, we simply had to look at the number of crimes that are committed on every campus in Wisconsin 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 30 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 Concordia University-Wisconsin or Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Location: Mequon, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 3,852
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

Concordia University Wisconsin is a private liberal arts college located in Mequon, Wisconsin. The school is an affiliate of the nine-member Concordia University System operated by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The university's mission statement reads: \"Concordia University Wisconsin is a Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world.\"

Milwaukee School Of Engineering

Location: Milwaukee, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,279
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The university has one of the smallest campuses in Milwaukee, at only 22 acres. The school's enrollment of 2,846 includes 204 graduate students. As of Fall 2016 the university has a total of 135 faculty, of which roughly half are full-time.

University Of Wisconsin-Stout

Location: Menomonie, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 7,240
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0003
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a public university located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, United States. A member of the University of Wisconsin System, it enrolls more than 9,600 students. The school was founded in 1891 and named in honor of its founder, lumber magnate James Huff Stout.

University Of Wisconsin-Superior

Location: Superior, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,505
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is a public university located in Superior, Wisconsin. UW-Superior grants associate, bachelor's, master's, and specialist's degrees. The university enrolls about 2,400 undergraduates and 200 graduate students.

Viterbo University

Location: La Crosse, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,686
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Viterbo University is a private co-educational Roman Catholic and Franciscan liberal arts university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 1890, Viterbo offers more than 70 academic programs at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree level.

University Of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Location: La Crosse, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 8,465
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0001
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0009

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin United States. Founded in 1909, it is a leading comprehensive four-year institution within the University of Wisconsin System awarding bachelor's, master's, and two doctoral degrees. UW-La Crosse is organized into five schools and colleges offering 94 undergraduate programs and 21 graduate programs.

Location: Milwaukee, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 646
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0016
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0

The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design is a four-year, professional college of art and design, founded in 1974. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 5 majors and is considered the successor to the Layton School of Art.

Cardinal Stritch University

Location: Milwaukee, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 3,124
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0004
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0004

Cardinal Stritch University is a private Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The university also offers courses in Brookfield, Wisconsin; Madison, Wisconsin; and has outreach programs throughout Wisconsin. Its motto, Ut probetis potiora, is taken from Philippians 1:10.

University Of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Location: Green Bay, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 5,349
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0014

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a public university located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. Founded in 1965, it is part of the University of Wisconsin System.

University Of Wisconsin-Platteville

Location: Platteville, WI
# Of Undergraduates: 5,302
Violent Crime Per Capita: 0.0
Property Crime Per Capita: 0.0006
Sexual Assault Per Capita: 0.0003

University of Wisconsin-Platteville is a public university located in Platteville, Wisconsin, United States. Part of the University of Wisconsin System, it offers both bachelor's and master's degrees. The university has three colleges that serve over 8,000 students on-campus and an additional 3,000 students through its five distance education programs.

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 Wisconsin, 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 Wisconsin, check out:

Safest Colleges In Wisconsin

Rank College Safety Score
1 Concordia University-Wisconsin 6.5
2 Milwaukee School of Engineering 7.67
3 University of Wisconsin-Stout 8.83
4 University of Wisconsin-Superior 8.83
5 Viterbo University 11.17
6 University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 12.17
7 Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design 12.33
8 Cardinal Stritch University 12.5
9 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay 12.5
10 University of Wisconsin-Platteville 12.5
11 University of Wisconsin-River Falls 12.67
12 Edgewood College 12.83
13 Mount Mary University 13.0
14 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 14.5
15 Lawrence University 14.5
16 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh 14.67
17 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 14.83
18 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 15.67
19 Wisconsin Lutheran College 16.5
20 University of Wisconsin-Parkside 17.17
21 Marquette University 17.67
22 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 17.67
23 Carroll University 17.83
24 Alverno College 18.17
25 University of Wisconsin-Madison 20.0
26 Saint Norbert College 20.17
27 Ripon College 22.17
28 Lakeland University 24.67
29 Carthage College 25.67
30 Beloit College 29.67

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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