UMass Amherst is in the fourth safest college in the United States, according to Alarms.org, the official site of the National Council for Home Safety and Security. The top-ranked schools and their host towns “boast low overall crime rates and offer safe campuses with little or no campus crime,” says the report.
Using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics, the council assessed 2,167 four-year colleges and universities and selected accredited public, private and not-for-profit institutions that offer four-year degree programs. The ranking considers campuses with more 15,000 students. Student populations and crime statistics were aggregated for institutions with multiple campuses in different areas of the country.
Violent crimes as well as burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and offenses defined under the Violence Against Women Act, such as domestic and dating violence and stalking, accounted for 45 percent of the weighting in the study. Arrests accounted for 5 percent and local crimes make up 50 percent of the total.