How safe are the campuses that are home to Bloomberg Businessweek's top undergraduate business schools? To find out, we compared the number of reported crimes committed in nine categories on each university’s main campus for the years 2008-10, with data provided by the U.S. Department of Education.
Of the 25 schools included, Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., is considered the most dangerous, with about 30 students per reported offense. Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, is the safest campus, at 411 students per offense. Burglary was by far the most reported crime at each of the 25 campuses.
When considering the numbers, context is important. First, location can be a factor. For instance, New York University’s on-campus arrest rate seems low, but a look at the numbers for public property reveals that almost 2,000 have been made for liquor law violations in the same time frame. Likewise, one of the most common offenses committed on campuses nationwide was motor vehicle theft, but many schools include golf carts in that category.
Alison Kiss, the director of the Clery Center for Security on Campus, says that statistics don’t necessarily reflect trends in campus safety, as many crimes are under reported. “One of things we do [at the Center], especially in talking with parents, is tell them to look beyond the numbers,” Kiss says. “If a campus is reporting zeros or a category seems low, [the numbers] may not be reported because there’s not a good process in place. One of the positive things is that campuses are becoming more proactive; we needed to get there."
The following slideshow examines the crime stats at the top 25 undergraduate business schools.
Note: The Department of Education statistics are based on reported incidents but do not reflect disciplinary action or prosecution rates. Schools are shown in their 2012 Best Undergradate Business Schools rank order.