10 Colleges With The Worst Campus Crime (Statistics College)
Listen up mom and dad. If you think that tuition and location are your only concerns for sending the little ones off to college, then you are mistaken. Crime rates among college students are through the roof, and just because your kid got into an Ivy League school doesn’t mean their safe.
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Fortunately, we composed a list featuring the top 10 colleges with the highest crime rates. You can thank us later–when your kid is a victim of crime.
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Yeah, you heard us right. This school is at the top of our list. With only slightly over 10,000 students, this university sees over 400 property crimes per academic school year with six violent crimes to go along with it. Even though you want your kid to attend a prestigious school like MIT, they might end up in Vegas counting cards before age 19–extracurricular programs aren’t what they used to be, eh?
2. U.C. Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Having a campus built on what many think should be a beach resort sounds safe, right? Wrong. U.C. Santa Barbara sees over 1,000 property crimes per 1,000 residents which means that at some point statistics prove that you’re bound to get your stuff stolen, broken, puked on and so forth.
3. Texas Southern University (TSU) - “Everything is bigger in Texas” doesn’t just refer to the steak portions; campus crime can get pretty harry there too. Based on a crime offense data reported to the FBI, TSU had the highest violent crime rate over any other school in Texas — One violent crime per slightly over 400 students, if this were the lottery we would really like our odds here.
4. Emerson College – Located in the heart of Boston, it’s unfortunate that a good majority of this school’s crime rates reported include public areas such as subway stations and parks. However, with students frequenting these spots it’s only fair to include what the townies are up to after hitting the local pub and angry drinking after the Red Sox have historical meltdowns. Too bad Moufy never talked about this side of Boston!
5. Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio) – Around 2,000-3,000 students, but 29 robberies and aggravated assaults (one assault resulting in someone’s death), no bueno.
6. Duke University – Another prestigious school with a bad reputation, and only a few years ago Readers Digest placed them in the top five for unsafest schools in the United States. When is the last time you saw Duke in the news with some positive light being shed on it and NOT on SportsCenter? Exactly.
7. St. Xavier (Chicago, Illinois) - A predominantly female school located in the south side of Chicago? Sign us up! Unless of course you’re one of the females that take up roughly 70% of the school’s overall population. Off-campus violence is the primary source of the high crime rates which include raised levels of rape and sexual assault.
8. Benedict College - Fried food and sweet tea, that’s what South Carolina does well! Oh, and aggravated assault. Benedict College’s student population is slightly under 3,000, but back in 2009 there were two forcible rapes and 16 aggravated assaults on campus. Pretty high numbers considering most universities boast higher number in faculty than this school does students.
9. George Washington University (GWU)- In 2008, there were over 140 crimes on campus and including six cases of forced sex offenses and seven aggravated assaults. Staggering for a school that boasts a student population of 25,000. GWU has a crime index of 57 crimes per 10,000 students.
10. University of Maryland - We’re starting to see an overall theme here. The University of Maryland is another excellent example of east coast crime. College Park, Maryland reports an estimated 20 violent crimes annually and over 500 property crimes. Arguably the town is somewhat safe when looking at overall statistics, but throw in a university at the center of it all and things get weird.