South Dakota State University was ranked No. 22 on a listing of the safest campuses in the United States with 10,000 or more students.
The National Council for Home Safety and Security, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors and others in the industry, said the ranking was based on the most recent data from the FBI's uniform crime report and the campus safety security survey from the U.S. Department of Education.
South Dakota State is the only South Dakota-based institution in the list of 243 campuses. The South Dakota State University Police Department is the only university police department in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming to have earned accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
Nearly all accredited institutions were considered in this project, save for those with enrollment under 10,000 students, and others for which a significant amount of data was unavailable.
Each school's safety score was calculated by analyzing crimes reported by universities, including rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, motor vehicle theft and arsons. Also factoring into the safety score were violent and property crime rates for the cities in which the schools were located, and the number of law enforcement officers employed by the institution per 1,000 students.
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