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Organization ranks safest U.S. college campuses

Feb. 13, 2018
Analyzing crime and safety data at campuses with 10,000 or more students, the National Council for Home Safety and Security says Brigham Young University-Idaho is the safest campus in 2018.

Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg is the safest college campus in America, the National Council for Home Safety and Security asserts.

The council, a trade association for alarm installers and contractors, has issued its list of 2018’s Safest College Campuses—a ranking of 100 higher-education institutions arrived at by analyzing the most recent data on violent and property crimes from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the Campus Safety Security Survey put out by the U.S. Department of Education.

The highest-ranked schools report low rates of campus and local area crime. The council has established an enrollment of 10,000 students as an appropriate threshold for the rankings.

BYU-Idaho tops the list after placing second in 2017. The council attributes the low crime rates on the Rexburg campus to a strict student behavior code at the Mormon-run institution.

"Students must follow dress and grooming codes, refrain from consuming drugs or alcohol, and abstain from premarital sex," the council states. "BYU-Idaho has some of the lowest crime rates of any institution in the country. Rexburg, the small city it is located in, also benefits from a crime levels far below the national average."

Here are the 10 higher-education institutions in the United States ranked as the safest in 2018.

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