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Crime on Campus: How Safe Is Your B-School?

  1. Campus Safety
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    Campus Safety

    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. 

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  2. University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)
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    University of Notre Dame (Mendoza)

    Notre Dame, Ind.

    University enrollment: 11,816
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 68
    2009: 58
    2010: 70
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 158
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 18
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 13
    Students per criminal offense: 60.3
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 112
    2009: 39
    2010: 27
    Students per on-campus arrest: 66.3
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  3. University of Virginia (McIntire)
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    University of Virginia (McIntire)

    Charlottesville, Va.

    University enrollment: 24,355
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 102
    2009: 117
    2010: 92
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 234
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 39
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 22
    Students per criminal offense: 78.3
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 86
    2009: 98
    2010: 71
    Students per on-campus arrest: 95.5
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  4. Cornell University (Dyson)
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    Cornell University (Dyson)

    Ithaca, N.Y.

    University enrollment: 20,633
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 37
    2009: 28
    2010: 24
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 60
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 12
    3. Arson, 7
    Students per criminal offense: 231.8
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 27
    2009: 62
    2010: 28
    Students per on-campus arrest: 176.4
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

  5. University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)
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    University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

    Philadelphia

    University enrollment: 24,599
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 64
    2009: 48
    2010: 42
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 72
    2. Robbery, 28
    3. Sex offenses (forcible), 26
    Students per criminal offense: 159.73
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 3
    2009: 1
    2010: 3
    Students per on-campus arrest: 3,514.1
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

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  6. Emory University (Goizueta)
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    Emory University (Goizueta)

    Atlanta

    University enrollment: 12,930
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 66
    2009: 36
    2010: 38
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 62
    2. Motor vehicle theft, 41
    3. Sex offenses (forcible), 31
    Students per criminal offense: 92.4
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 13
    2009: 14
    2010: 8
    Students per on-campus arrest: 369.4
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

  7. MIT (Sloan)
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    MIT (Sloan)

    Cambridge, Mass.

    University enrollment: 10,384
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 98
    2009: 136
    2010: 29
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 234
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 9
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 6
    Students per criminal offense: 39.5
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 5
    2009: 1
    2010: 0
    Students per on-campus arrest: 1,730.7
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

  8. University of Michigan (Ross)
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    University of Michigan (Ross)

    Ann Arbor, Mich.

    University enrollment: 41,674
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 130
    2009: 52
    2010: 69
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 83
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 70
    3. Aggravated assault, 39
    Students per criminal offense: 166.0
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 571
    2009: 379
    2010: 509
    Students per on-campus arrest: 28.6
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  9. Washington University (Olin)
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    Washington University (Olin)

    St. Louis

    University enrollment: 13,575
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 40
    2009: 18
    2010: 23
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 52
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 17
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 10
    Students per criminal offense: 167.6
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 9
    2009: 10
    2010: 8
    Students per on-campus arrest: 502.8
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

  10. Boston College (Carroll)
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    Boston College (Carroll)

    Chestnut Hill, Mass.

    University enrollment: 15,036
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 68
    2009: 25
    2010: 20
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 64
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 26
    3. Aggravated assault, 15
    Students per criminal offense: 133.1
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 20
    2009: 7
    2010: 6
    Students per on-campus arrest: 455.6
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

  11. University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)
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    University of North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler)

    Chapel Hill

    University enrollment: 28,916
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 26
    2009: 27
    2010: 52
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 273
    2. Sex offenses, 8
    3. Aggravated assault, 8
    Students per criminal offense: 275.4
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 130
    2009: 172
    2010: 112
    Students per on-campus arrest: 69.9
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  12. UC Berkeley (Haas)
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    UC Berkeley (Haas)

    Berkeley, Calif.

    University enrollment: 35,830
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 118
    2009: 108
    2010: 107
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 165
    2. Robbery, 47
    3. Aggravated assault, 44
    Students per criminal offense: 107.6
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 291
    2009: 315
    2010: 282
    Students per on-campus arrest: 40.3
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  13. New York University (Stern)
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    New York University (Stern)

    New York

    University enrollment: 43,404
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 50
    2009: 47
    2010: 54
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 144
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 7
    Students per criminal offense: 287.4
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 0
    2009: 1
    2010: 0
    Students per on-campus arrest: 43,404
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

  14. Villanova University
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    Villanova University

    Villanova, Pa.

    University enrollment: 10,375
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 64
    2009: 15
    2010: 29
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 89
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 7
    3. Aggravated assault, 5
    Students per criminal offense: 96.1
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 61
    2009: 22
    2010: 44
    Students per on-campus arrest: 81.7
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  15. Georgetown University (McDonough)
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    Georgetown University (McDonough)

    Washington, D.C.

    University enrollment: 16,520
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 22
    2009: 41
    2010: 50
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 77
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 25
    3. Aggravated assault, 6
    Students per criminal offense: 146.2
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 0
    2009: 1
    2010: 3
    Students per on-campus arrest: 4,130
    Top reason for arrest: Drug abuse violations

  16. University of Richmond (Robins)
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    University of Richmond (Robins)

    Richmond, Va.

    University enrollment: 4,344
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 36
    2009: 32
    2010: 37
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 68
    2. Motor vehicle theft, 22
    3. Sex offenses (forcible), 7
    Students per criminal offense: 41.4
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 24
    2009: 16
    2010: 23
    Students per on-campus arrest: 69.0
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  17. Indiana University (Kelley)
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    Indiana University (Kelley)

    Bloomington, Ind.

    University enrollment: 42,347
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 65
    2009: 65
    2010: 88
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 131
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 41
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 26
    Students per criminal offense: 194.3
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 612
    2009: 573
    2010: 615
    Students per on-campus arrest: 23.5
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  18. University of Texas (McCombs)
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    University of Texas (McCombs)

    Austin

    University enrollment: 50,995
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 60
    2009: 67
    2010: 58
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 107
    2. Sex offenses (forcible) 23
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 20
    Students per criminal offense: 275.7
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 193
    2009: 199
    2010: 222
    Students per on-campus arrest: 83.1
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  19. Boston University
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    Boston University

    Boston

    University enrollment: 31,960
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 74
    2009: 75
    2010: 71
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 176
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 18
    3. Aggravated assault, 12
    Students per criminal offense: 145.3
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 40
    2009: 11
    2010: 24
    Students per on-campus arrest: 426.1
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  20. Wake Forest University
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    Wake Forest University

    Winston-Salem, N.C.

    University enrollment: 7,079
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 79
    2009: 65
    2010: 86
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 195
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 18
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 12
    Students per criminal offense: 30.8
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 5
    2009: 7
    2010: 5
    Students per on-campus arrest: 416.4
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  21. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)
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    Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper)

    Pittsburgh

    University enrollment: 11,197
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 29
    2009: 21
    2010: 18
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 60
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 9
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 4
    Students per criminal offense: 164.7
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 31
    2009: 45
    2010: 38
    Students per on-campus arrest: 98.2
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  22. Brigham Young University (Marriott)
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    Brigham Young University (Marriott)

    Provo, Utah

    University enrollment: 34,130
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 40
    2009: 22
    2010: 21
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 50
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 18
    3. Motor vehicle theft, 8
    Students per criminal offense: 411.2
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 8
    2009: 8
    2010: 3
    Students per on-campus arrest: 1,796.3
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  23. Penn State University
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    Penn State University

    University Park, Pa.

    University enrollment: 45,185
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 76
    2009: 81
    2010: 89
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 158
    2. Arson, 36
    3. Sex offenses (forcible), 22
    Students per criminal offense: 183.7
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 1,028
    2009: 939
    2010: 968
    Students per on-campus arrest: 15.4
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  24. Miami University (Farmer)
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    Miami University (Farmer)

    Oxford, Ohio

    University enrollment: 16,884
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 29
    2009: 31
    2010: 36
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 44
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 29
    3. Aggravated assault, 11
    Students per criminal offense: 175.9
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 123
    2009: 182
    2010: 136
    Students per on-campus arrest: 38.3
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  25. University of Wisconsin
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    University of Wisconsin

    Madison, Wis.

    University enrollment: 41,654
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 78
    2009: 114
    2010: 82
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 196
    2. Motor vehicle theft, 32
    3. Sex offenses (forcible), 18
    Students per criminal offense: 152
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 986
    2009: 719
    2010: 687
    Students per on-campus arrest: 17.4
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations

  26. College of William & Mary (Mason)
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    College of William & Mary (Mason)

    Williamsburg, Va.

    University enrollment: 7,874
    Total criminal offenses:
    2008: 31
    2009: 30
    2010: 29
    Top criminal offenses (total over three years):
    1. Burglary, 64
    2. Sex offenses (forcible), 12
    3. Aggravated assault, 8
    Students per criminal offense: 87.5
    Number of on-campus arrests:
    2008: 31
    2009: 19
    2010: 25
    Students per on-campus arrest: 87.5
    Top reason for arrest: Liquor law violations