20 Most Dangerous Universities in The U.S. Revealed

Heading off to college is a major part of most Americans’ lives. This rite of passage traditionally occurs when a young person is only eighteen years old.

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It is often that individual’s first time living away from their parents; some students even travel to an entirely new state for school. With such distance from everything and everyone they know, it’s important for students to choose schools that are—among other things—safe.

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However, not all colleges are created equally. Statistics on murder, r*pe, f*ndling, robbery, and other crimes can help parents and students choose wisely.

TCPalm compared criminal offenses in universities across the states using 2020 data from the Department of Education. They then compiled a list of the universities with the highest number of crimes reported that year. We used this data to write our list of the most dangerous universities, signifying those with the highest reported incidence of crimes.

20. The University of Texas at Austin – 110 reported crimes

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Starting off the list at number twenty, the bulk of crime at the University of Texas at Austin fell into the burglary category.

19. Yale University – 114 reported crimes

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Yale is known as one of the premier Ivy League institutions in the country. It is one of two schools on our list that experienced a murder during the academic year.

18. University of New Mexico, Main Campus – 120  reported crimes

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Tied for the seventeenth spot, burglary and motor vehicle-related crime were the highest and second highest areas of crime for the University of New Mexico’s main campus.

17. Harvard University – 120 reported crimes

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Not even the king of the Ivy League is exempt from crime. The most common crime at the historic institution was burglary, with 50 of the reported crimes coming from this category alone. Aggravated assault and r*pe followed with 28 and 16 incidents in a single year, respectively.

16. University of California, San Diego – 121 reported crimes

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The first, but unfortunately not the last, California school to make the list, the San Diego campus of the University of California, had 45 motor vehicle-related crimes and 34 cases of burglary in a year.

15. Stanford University – 122 reported crimes

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Yet another Ivy League makes the list. Stanford featured prominent burglary rates, with r*pe and f*ndling combined showing an increased rate of sexual crimes.

14. Syracuse University – 140 reported crimes

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The first and only New York school on this list, Syracuse University, experienced 119 burglary cases in a single year.

13. University of Southern California– 143 reported crimes

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Another California university makes the list, notably for r*pe and robbery—28 and 23 cases, respectively.

12. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville – 152 reported crimes

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F*ndling crimes make up the bulk of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s crime reports.

11. University of California, Davis – 154 reported crimes

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Of the University of California, Davis’ 154 reported crimes, 103 of those were burglary.

10. University of Iowa – 164 reported crimes

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The University of Iowa ranked second highest in aggravated assault. A total of 67 cases were reported—only five less than the top school in the category.

9. Michigan State University – 174 reported crimes

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105 r*pe cases occurred in a single year at Michigan State University, taking up the bulk of its total crime reports.

8. University of Cincinnati, Main Campus – 193 reported crimes

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Motor vehicle-related crime takes up 71 of the total crimes at the University of Cincinnati, with aggravated assault and burglary nearly tied for second majority.

7. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – 193 reported crimes

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The Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota ranks seventh due to a combination of high motor vehicle-related crime, burglary, and r*pe. It is the second school on our list to have experienced a murder in the academic year.

6. University of California, Los Angeles – 222 reported crimes

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This sunny campus has the bulk of its crimes in the burglary category. Nearly half of all crimes at UCLA were burglaries, 107 out of its total 222.

5. Xavier University – 223 reported crimes

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Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, this co-educational Jesuit Catholic university experienced 208 r*pe cases in a single year.

4. University of California, Berkeley – 323 reported crimes

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Berkeley is viewed as the hotbed for political protest. Famously known for its wave of protests in the 1960s, the radical school has the top spot for motor vehicle-related crime.

3. University of Washington, Seattle Campus – 355 reported crimes

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Burglary accounted for 203 of the Seattle Campus of the University of Washington’s 355 reported crimes, putting it at the top of the list in this category.

2. Ohio State University, Main Campus – 850 reported crimes

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Ohio State’s Main Campus experienced a whopping 563 f*ndling cases in a single year—the highest of any institution on this list.

1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – 2,208 reported crimes

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At the top of the list is the University of Michigan, Ann Abor. More than half of the crimes reported at Ann Arbor were r*pe cases. An overwhelming 1,219 reports. The second largest category also refers to sexual crime. F*ndling made up another 952 cases.

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This article was produced by TPR Teaching. The images are for illustrative purposes only and may not represent the universities mentioned in the article. Source.

Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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