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NKU Ranks High Among Safest Colleges In U.S.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18/ALARMS.ORG) — For parents sending children off to college, safety is often a top concern.

It is often the first time that young adults are on their own, living independently outside of the home. Choosing a school with a solid reputation for security and low potential for dangerous threats allows moms and dads to breathe easier once their kids ship off to earn a higher education.

With this in mind, the National Council for Home Safety and Security compiled a list of 2018’s Safest College Campuses in the U.S.

The ranking was created using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Safety Security Survey put out by the U.S. Department of Education. Nearly all accredited institutions were considered in this project, save for those with enrollment under 10,000 students, and others for which a significant amount of data was unavailable.

Each school’s safety score was calculated by analyzing crimes reported by universities, including rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle theft and arsons.

Also factoring into the safety score were violent and property crime rates for the cities in which the schools were located, and the number of law enforcement officers employed by the institution per 1,000 students.

Looking at the top 20 safest campuses, overall, the state of Massachusetts has the most placings by a large margin, with three schools in the top 10 alone, and four in the top 20. Michigan, Kentucky and Idaho all follow, with two schools each placing in the top 10.

Several Kentucky schools made the list, including:

  • Northern Kentucky University: 3
  • Morehead State University: 18
  • Murray State University: 86
  • Western Kentucky University: 147
  • Eastern Kentucky University: 155
  • University of Kentucky: 184
  • University of Louisville: 203
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