The 2016 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews. According to the Niche website, “top ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs or alcohol usage.” At the time of analysis, the database of Colleges.Niche.com contained records for 1,713 public and private, traditional four-year colleges and universities across the United States.
“We are thankful to be recognized as a safe campus,” said Dr. Ron Coffey, vice president for Student Life. “This recognition would not be possible without the diligence of our Campus Police combined with our responsive students, faculty and staff. Huntington University continues to be a place where students can receive a high-quality, Christ-centered education within the context of a safe learning environment.”
The safety and security of members of the Huntington University community are the primary concerns of the campus leadership. Trained police officers are on staff to patrol the campus and are charged with the enforcement of federal, state and local laws, as well as university policies and regulations. The police officers have the authority to make arrests and work closely with the Huntington City Police Department.
For the purposes of this ranking, Niche defined a “traditional” college as any accredited, non-profit post-secondary institution that primarily offers four-year degree programs. Colleges were not included in this ranking if: (1) they were not located in one of the 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia; (2) they had fewer than 100 full-time undergraduate students; or (3) they had insufficient data. Of the colleges that met the required qualifications, 1,682 schools were graded and 1,261 were ranked. The Niche ranking information is available online at colleges.niche.com/rankings/safest-colleges/.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution a “Best Midwestern College.” Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).