The University of Pennsylvania and Mississippi State University may seem worlds apart, with one famous for ivy and the other for cowbells. But they share a mid ranking among the 25 most crime riddled college campuses in the nation based on 2008-2010 statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Education. Universities
The college with the worst crime?
That distinction goes to the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Three people were killed and three others wounded there on Feb. 12, 2010 after a biology professor who had been denied tenure allegedly stood up in a faculty meeting and opened fire with a 9-millimeter handgun.
The Daily Beast, an online publication of Newsweek Magazine, Tuesday listed the top 25 most crime-prone campuses in the wake of the recent fatal shootings of three Auburn University students, including two members of the football team. The shootings occurred June 9 at a pool party off campus.
Auburn is hardly the only university in the country that has to deal with crime on campus, The Daily Beast said in the opening of its report.
To find America’s 25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges, The Daily Beast scoured the college crime data made available through the U.S. Department of Education. Universities are required to track and submit publicly available crime statistics thanks to the Jeanne Clery Act. The data represent reported crimes, not prosecutions, The Daily Beast noted.
“We looked at four-year nonprofit private colleges and four-year public colleges with more than 6,000 total students, taking into account the numbers for each school’s primary campus and auxiliary campuses in the same metro area as the main campus. Our final dataset included more than 500 universities. Crimes considered were: murder, negligent murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, and arson.
“Because not all crimes are the same, we devised a subjective weighting system based on crime severity,” The Daily Beast said.
It put burglary at low-end baseline for weighting; car theft was weighted twice as much as burglary; assault and robbery, six times as much as burglary; arson and negligent manslaughter, 10 times as much as burglary; and murder, 20 times as much as burglary,” The ranking considered each crime against total enrollment, to come up with a per-capita ratio. Finally, each per-capita ratio was compared to the overall cohort of more than 500 schools—to take into account whether each school’s per-capita ratio for each crime was relatively high or low—to determine the final list of America’s Most Crime-Rattled Colleges, The Daily Beast said.
The survey ranked Mississippi State 12th, reporting that the Starkville University with a total enrollment of 19,644 had zero murders but reported a pair of “negligent homicides.”
Further, it reported seven robberies, 12 aggravated assaults. 93 burglaries, 16 car thefts and one arson.
Here are the rankings of the 25
25- Harvard University; Cambridge, Mass.; Total Enrollment: 27,594.
24- Arkansas State University; Jonesboro, Ark.; Total Enrollment: 13,415.
23-University of North Dakota; Grand Forks, N.D.; Total Enrollment: 14,194.
22. SUNY Binghamton-Binghamton University; Binghamton, N.Y.; Total Enrollment: 14,895.
21. Duke University; Durham, N.C.; Total Enrollment: 15,016;
20. Northeastern Illinois University; Chicago; Total Enrollment: 11,746.
19. University of California, Santa Barbara; Total Enrollment: 22,218;
18. University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth; Total Enrollment: 9,432;
17. University of Maine; Orono, Maine; Total Enrollment: 11,501.
16. Washington University in St. Louis,Mo.; Total Enrollment: 13,820;
15. Tufts University; Medford, Mass.; Total Enrollment: 10,480;
14. Yale University; New Haven, Conn.; Total Enrollment: 11,701;
13. University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; Total Enrollment: 25,007.
12. Mississippi State University; Starkville; Total Enrollment: 19,644.
11. University of “Wisconsin, Stout; Menomonie, Wis.; Total Enrollment: 9,339.
10. California State University, Bakersfield; Total Enrollment: 7,906.
9. University of Louisville; Louisville, Ky.; Total Enrollment: 21,234
8. University of Connecticut; Storrs, Conn.; Total Enrollment: 25,498.
7. Tennessee State University; Nashville; Total Enrollment: 8,930.
6. Morgan State University; Baltimore, Md.; Total Enrollment: 7,805
5. University of Central Arkansas; Conway; Total Enrollment: 11,444
4. Northern Illinois University; DeKalb, Ill.; Total Enrollment: 23,850
3. University of San Francisco; Total Enrollment: 9,557;
2. Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I.; Total Enrollment: 10,974.
1. University of Alabama, Huntsville; Total Enrollment: 7,614.