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Campus Safety: The Non List

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What? You thought we were only about the lists? Well, we are, but we thought this was important (though, there is a list of websites, so that technically counts). Here are some facts about campus security: Studies show that the safest colleges are those with 10,000 to 20,000 students in a city with a population under 100,000. The colleges most prone to violent crime are those with fewer than 10,000 students in a city with populations of more than 500,000. The size of the town or city is the best predictor of violent crime on campus. Campus crime statistics can be misleading because colleges report data in different ways and because crime patterns vary at different times of the year. Furthermore, because offenses are not always reported on a per student basis, larger schools often show higher crime incidences. Since the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 requires colleges to report information on crime, the latest facts on campus safety are available from each college. Prospective students should speak to college officials and current students to determine both the reality of crime as well as the perception of safety at chosen campuses. The Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S Department of Education (ope.ed.gov/security) reports crime data on campuses. Whew! Now that we've got the serious talk out of the way, here's a LIST of additional resources:

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