There are a lot of factors parents look at when trying to help their children find the right college, with safety being a top priority.
Niche.com ranked the top 63 safest colleges in Texas, with Southwestern Adventist University taking the No. 3 spot.
SWAU came in behind Dallas Baptist University and McMurry University, respectively.
SWAU President Ken Shaw said he is pleased with this ranking.
“Being ranked third in the state of Texas illustrates that we live in a very safe community,” Shaw said. “It provides us great comfort to know that our students find that our university is a safe place where they can build knowledge, increase faith, and provide service.”
One of the unique items SWAU offers is a personal safety app for mobile phones and tablets.
The app, developed by NowForce, is designed to help campus security minimize response times during both emergency and routine security/safety situations. NowForce is a maker of mobile and cloud-based rapid emergency response solutions.
The SWAU app contains an SOS feature — a panic button — and the ability to report an incident through a “see something, say something” function that alerts local authorities within seconds of potential threats and crime tips without logging in.
Campus Services Director Sean Amos said students will be able to use the app to request escorts or report security incidents, harassments, medical emergencies, fires, alcohol or drug violations and other issues.
“I felt an app like this was needed because we had a lot of students asking how they could get a hold of security or report an incident,” Amos said.
Niche assessed a total of 1,713 colleges.
“At the time of analysis, our database contained records for 1,713 public and private, traditional four-year colleges and universities across the United States,” according toNiche.com. “For the purposes of this ranking, a ‘traditional’ college is considered to be any accredited, nonprofit post-secondary institution that primarily offers four-year degree programs (as opposed to two-year or less).”
Colleges were not included in the ranking if they were not located in one of the 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia; they had fewer than 100 full-time undergraduate students; or they had insufficient data. Of the colleges that met the required qualifications, Niche was able to grade 1,682 and rank 1,261 colleges.
There were seven factors Niche used to calculate the ranking:
- Student opinions about the quality of the safety at the college they attend or attended. This included 560,817 reviews and opinions from 178,909 unique students. A minimum of 10 unique students were required at each college.
- Rate of crimes committed on campus property per 1,000 students, as reported by the college.
- Percentage of full-time freshman enrollment from the year before that reenrolled at the college in the current year.
- Percentage of undergraduate students who graduate within six years.
- Niche’s Crime & Safety Grade, which incorporates statistics that capture a location’s general safety.
- Rate of alcohol-related arrests on campus per 1,000 students, as reported by the college.
- Rate of drug-related arrests on campus per 1,000 students, as reported by the college.