When it comes to selecting a college, safety is among the most important topics to consider.
Some colleges are very prestigious, yet situated in less than desirable areas. Others rate highly in safety scores, have extraordinary environments, and rarely have any crime issues on campus.
According to one of America’s top safety and security specialty websites, Alarms.org, the following colleges and universities rank in the top 10 list of schools with stellar safety statistics.
These 10 schools also offer some unique programs and learning environments, making them worthy of checking out.
10. Albany State University (Albany, GA)
As an Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Albany State University has an outstanding reputation in academics, student life, and sports.
Founded by a former slave Joseph Winthrop Holly in 1903 as the Albany Bible and Manuel Training Institute, this school was opened after Holly read and was inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ book The Souls of Black Folks.
Throughout the 1960s, students at Albany State played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement. The Albany Movement brought civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. to the area and led to the arrest of more than 1,000 protestors, many of whom were students from Albany State.
Today, Albany State boasts over 59 groups and organizations, ranging from fraternities and sororities to NCAA Division II sports teams. The school’s Marching Rams Show Band is known for frequently participating in Honda Battle of the Bands and has also participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade.
Notable alumni include Alice Coachman, the first African-American woman to win an olympic gold medal, several professional football and professional basketball players, and Shirley Sherrod, a civil rights activist and former Georgia State Director of Rural Development for the United States Department of Agriculture.
Graduates of the university describe the atmosphere as friendly and helpful, with professors going out of their way to help them succeed.
9. University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Memphis, TN)
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is one of the top schools for health careers in the nation.
In fact, its College of Pharmacy placed #17 on US News and World Report’s list in 2016. Students can take classes in a wide variety of health professions, including nursing, pharmacy, and opthamology.
Notable alumni include Rhea Seddon, MD, a former astronaut who has been inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, two former governors of Tennessee, and William E. Evans, the former director and C.E.O. of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Among notable faculty is Samual Dagogo-Jack, a leader in diabetes research and the former president of the American Diabetes Association.
8. Elgin Community College (Elgin, IL)
Elgin Community College provides a quality education with a small-town feel. The college was founded in 1949, and was first housed in a local high school. Since then, it has expanded into a 120-acre campus with a variety of classrooms and facilities, including a burn tower and ponds for rescue diving and firefighter training.
Student amenities include a library, gym, and a restaurant. Massage therapy students also run a student massage clinic, in which students can receive low-cost massages by appointment.
This community college offers a wide variety of classes in both academic and technical fields, which makes it a good alternative to larger, more expensive universities.