BYU Named Safest College Campus in America

  • 25 January 2016

The first day of class for the 2015 fall semester at Brigham Young University. Business Insider named Brigham Young University as the no. 1 safest college campus in America on January 12.  Photo by Jaren Wilkey, BYU.

Article Highlights

  • Business Insider named BYU the safest college in America on January 12.
  • The BYU campus earned especially high marks in the areas of health and safety.

Business Insider named Brigham Young University as the no. 1 safest college campus in America on January 12. After looking at a variety of factors such as local and campus crime rates, drug and alcohol use, campus security presence, and emergency procedures, the college review site Niche determined that the BYU campus excelled in health and safety.

Of a pool of 1,713 colleges located around the country, researchers assessed public and private traditional four-year colleges and universities.

For the assessment's results, student surveys and reported crime rates on campus were considered as well as freshman retention rates and graduation rates. Researchers looked at alcohol and drug-related arrests on campus per 1,000 students as reported by the college and examined the location’s general safety.

Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education were used in the reporting. Niche is a research site that combines community review with hard data to rank colleges and universities through a step-by-step process.