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Contemplating where to go to college? Or maybe you have a son or daughter deciding where to go? The decision behind a college acceptance has many factors at play. Ranking, city life, student life – the list goes on.

Immediately we think of football teams, Greek life, rankings, education, and many more defining factors of college. One component that is frequently overlooked is the city and campus safety. And it shouldn’t be – because essentially social life, campus life, study hours – and so many other factors depend on your safety.

The city you go to college in is your home for 4 years – and some of the sweetest years of life. It is important to be a part of a safe, wholesome community to feel comfortable in. So before you make a decision based off sorority life, you should take a hard look at the surroundings. This list is derived from the published data of the Office of Postsecondary Education Campus Safety and Security.

The data has been compiled and analyzed by FindTheBest.Com.

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20. Pomona College

Pomona College Location: Claremont, California

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 30

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.6

19. Livingstone College

Location: Salisbury, North Carolina

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 22

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.7

18. Presbyterian College

Location: Clinton, South Carolina

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 27

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 18.8

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17. Sewanee - The University of the South

Location: Sewanee, Tennessee

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 37

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 21.8

16. Hiram College

Location: Hiram, Ohio

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 29

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 22.1

15. Claremont McKenna College

Location: Claremont, California

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 31

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 23.3

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14. Oregon Health & Science University

Location: Portland, Oregon

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 67

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 23.6

13. Franklin College

Location: Franklin, Indiana

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 25

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 24.7

12. Occidental College

Location: Los Angeles, California

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 54

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 25.4

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11. Wilmington College

Location: Wilmington, Ohio

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 30

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 25.6

10. Reed College

Location: Portland, Oregon

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 40

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 28.3

9. Saint Augustine’s University

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 30

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 25.6

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8. Swarthmore College

Location: Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 48

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 31.3

7. Shaw University

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 71

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 34.4

6. Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Location: Cheyney, Pennsylvania

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 45

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 37.1

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5. Gallaudet University

Location: Washington, D.C.

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 59

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 37.8

4. The Art Institute of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 61

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 39.5

3. Central State University

Location: Wilberforce, Ohio

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 87

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 42.1

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2. Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Barranquitas

Location: Barranquitas, Puerto Rico

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 119

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 57.4

1. Benedict College

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Average incidents per year, 2011-2013: 152

Rate of incidents per 1,000 students: 60.5

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