What it Takes to make the List
Safety may connote patrol cars and uniformed security, but college safety actually encompasses an array of student health, wellness, and security issues. Campus safety doesn’t just mean low crime rates and the lack of a party scene—though it could mean those things—it also includes low rates of discrimination, a strong VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) presence, and a number of services and programs that maintain the holistic wellness of their students.
General safety grade:
- The general safety grade takes into account the past three years of theft, assault, arson, and other offense.
- Anti-discrimination grade: This reflects the number of hate crimes reported by a school over the past three years.
- Women’s safety grade: This reflects the overall VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) offenses that have occurred in the past three years, including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
- Party scene grade: This takes into account the number of drug and alcohol incidents a campus reported over the past five years.
- Fire safety grade: This reflects the number of reported fires in the past three years.
MTSU’s Comes in at 40th
From providing RAD self-defense training to auto assistance, student-led patrol, and victim assistance, the safety crew at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) works closely with all components of campus life to instill and insure a safe and healthful space. Their core values—honesty and integrity, respect for diversity, engagement in the community, and commitment to nonviolence—have led to MTSU’s recognition as one of the safest large schools in the country.
MTSU is a large public university located in Murfreesboro. In addition to its traditional degree programs and academic offerings, they also offer a number of unique professional programs through the Department of Aerospace, the Concrete Industry Management program, the Department of Human Sciences, and the Department of Recording Industry. The latter has been recognized as the “preeminent music business program in the country,” making MTSU a inimitable university.
Middle State Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
General safety grade: 60%
Anti-discrimination grade: 99.3%
Women’s safety grade: 89.6%
Party culture grade: 0%
Fire safety grade: 99.6%
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