2017 Safest College Campuses in California

The 2017 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Top-ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, or alcohol usage.
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    Biola University

    • La Mirada, CA
    • 2,027 reviews
    Junior:Biola is a Biblically sound, private Christian University. The people are extremely friendly and are usually God- fearing. Pretty much every professor is conservative and wants to get to know you on a personal level outside of the classroom. The campus environment is warm and welcoming, and it is very easy to make friends. Located in Southern California, Biola is close to many famous destinations like the beach, LA, and Disneyland! Dorm life is a major part of the campus community, but I am sure commuters are just as satisfied. I love Biola. The professors have taught me a lot about thinking Biblically about everything, the people are beautiful, the weather is great, and my friends are incredible. You should definitely check it out!
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    William Jessup University

    • Rocklin, CA
    • 349 reviews
    Sophomore:I love my university. The way that everything revolves around people and relationships and Christ makes me want all my friends to come here. The people at Student Life care about Commuter Students, our Campus Pastor Ryan is very approachable and friendly, our President Jackson has the perfect word of encouragement to share during chapel, the list can go on and on. The music here is wonderful: Wednesdays and Fridays I go to chapel in the morning, and the atmosphere here is truly Godly. It's great to be here because people care. You are not just a number or body in a seat here, you are a person, and the faculty does care, and do want to meet you, and help if they can. Another thing, is that our school is well connected with the outside community, the city of Rocklin. There are connections here that will grow and shape our future leaders. The possibilities are endless. I will always be forever grateful for Jessup, and that the Lord led me to come here.
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    The Master's College & Seminary

    • Santa Clarita, CA
    • 432 reviews
    Freshman:The Master's (now) University is unlike any other school I know of. The dedication to the Scriptures and truth of God is unmatched. The faculty and staff, primarily the Professors are beloved by all the students as they continually practice soul-care and devotion to the spiritual benefit of the student.
    As a daughter of an alum, I have seen this institution evolve and develop into a phenomenal competitive university, yet without negligence to the holiness of Scriptures.
    Whether you are in the field of music, business, science, missions (and more) with a firm stand for the truth, The Master's University should be considered as you will not find any similar nearby.
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    Woodbury University

    • Burbank, CA
    • 385 reviews
    Graduate Student:I attended Woodbury's Master of Organizational Leadership Program. When I attended it was a one year program with five-week classes, this has since changed. I was able to work full time and loved having just one class at a time, always on the same day of week with same cohort. We did a lot of writing and presentations. There was a special price when I attended, making it an excellent value. Some professors were better than others but overall the program enriched me personally. The food on campus is great and I also loved the library. As I was a grad student who attended at night, I can't really speak to other campus activities.
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    Hope International University

    • Fullerton, CA
    • 240 reviews
    Freshman:Hope International University has become one of my greatest experience and I am honored of being a student there. Their campus is absolutely marvelous and quite sanitary. What I like about this university is that it's small! I don't have to be lost looking for my classes or riding my scooter to get there. On the contrary, I could use the stairs or the elevator instead, and it's only three floors. And you know what's great about having a small campus? Being able to connect with students and faculty members. It is a great way to become closer and united instead of being distant. Most importantly, understanding that each individual is unique and different no matter what religious belief, ethnicity, or race.
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    Freshman:I love Saint Mary's College of California. One of the most prominent reasons is because of the school’s affiliation with religion. The Lasallian values that the school is built on work to create an environment that inspires its students to help others and to have respect for everyone around them. The school offers a comprehensive learning environment that pushes its students to leave their comfort zone. The discussion style classroom setting is effective in helping students share their perspectives without fear. In my classes, my professors made it their goal to help me achieve greatness. Also, having the chance to take a class outside of my major and explore my other interests during January term is an amazing opportunity. I also love SMC because of the social environment. Upon stepping onto the campus for the first time, the bright smiles and joyful dispositions of those around me made me feel completely welcomed.
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    Point Loma Nazarene University

    • San Diego, CA
    • 890 reviews
    Freshman:I really enjoyed my time here at Point Loma Nazarene University. One thing that I liked, in particular, was the fact that it is such a small school. My high school graduating class was thirteen students! The transition to Point Loma was as smooth as can be, considering my previous experiences. One thing I would like to see, here at Point Loma, is a more diverse campus. The university ann student body are both taking strides to bring that to fruition. Hopefully within the next few years, this campus will flourish into a thriving and diversified university.
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    Pepperdine University

    • Malibu, CA
    • 1,130 reviews
    Senior:Pepperdine has given me the best four years I could have ever asked for. With small class sizes (avg 15-30), attentive professors and cozy campus, it's the perfect institution for students that prefer a tight-knit community. Most people you meet at Pepperdine are genuine, kind and want to create positive impact in the world.

    Academically, it is at times not challenging enough for high-caliber students, but that really depends on the major you choose. Many professors were industry professionals before Professors are usually flexible with due dates and very understanding of students' needs.

    The best part of my Pepperdine education was being able to study abroad in Argentina for one academic year. The special thing about Pepperdine's study abroad program is that they have their own campuses instead of placing students in local universities, which has its pros and cons.

    Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Pepperdine and am really sad to be graduating soon!
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    University of La Verne

    • La Verne, CA
    • 945 reviews
    Freshman:La Verne is great! Coming in as a freshman I was very intimidated, but there is nothing intimidating about La Verne. The professors are nice and very helpful. The university has a very positive energy, even other students and faculty are nice. Since it's a small school, you don't have to walk much and you get to know your professors and establish a relationship with them. The best part is parking is free and so is tutoring.
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    California Lutheran University

    • Thousand Oaks, CA
    • 1,002 reviews
    Alum:I absolutely love the small atmosphere Cal Lu provided. They give you all the steps to succeed. It is wonderful to be able to make a real connection with your professors, seeing as the biggest class you'll be in is about 45 people. Walking through campus, you will see familiar faces anywhere you go. You make great connections with your classmates, especially the ones who share the same major, as you are likely to spend most classes with them. Cal Lu sets you up for success and offers many services while you are a student, as well as great opportunities to network as an Alumni as well. No matter where I go, I know I can always call Cal Lu my second home.
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    Menlo College

    • Atherton, CA
    • 219 reviews
    College Freshman:Ever since I applied to Menlo I always felt welcomed by the staff and the students. One counselor kept calling me, as well as several of my friends, throughout the process of choosing schools and kept us informed about financial aid. This kept me interested in the school and was extremely helpful because all of my questions were answered. What caught my eye the first day I stepped on campus was the beautiful trees and black squirrels. The scenery of black squirrels chasing each other up trees every morning never gets old. I also love that the campus is small because I am never late to a class. Additionally, the small classes are the best! I am able to be known and talk to my professors more easily and am able to get the help and attention I need. #GoOaks
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    Mount Saint Mary's University (CA)

    • Los Angeles, CA
    • 973 reviews
    Freshman:The Mount is a very accepting university! Although it is generally an all girls school, it also accepts males into the nursing program specifically. The community is very welcoming and there are many events dedicated to both residents and commuters. No one ever feels left out, and I feel like the school is more of a family due to the acceptance of the community.
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    Niche User:Amazing Campus! The professors seem great and many people to look forward to seeing. I love the diversity and the personal relationships everyone has with one another. I know that if I have the chance to attend this university I will be more than blessed the second I step on that campus. It is also a great school for any kind of liberal arts of Christian major. You will learn a great deal of information that you won't be able to find anywhere else. The campus is beautiful and always so clean. Thank God for an institution such as this.
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    Fresno Pacific University

    • Fresno, CA
    • 454 reviews
    Freshman:I have just registered at Fresno Pacific University. I have had a wonderful experience thus far. I am a 35 year old that is returning to college on a degree completion program. I am basically starting over! The staff at Fresno Pacific have been very accommodating, kind, and super knowledgeable. They have made this life changing decision jump off to a pleasant start. I feel very well informed and prepared to start this next journey in my life. I truly believe with the support I have at Fresno Pacific I have an awesome chance at achieving my goals!
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    Pomona College

    • Claremont, CA
    • 347 reviews
    Junior:Pomona's largest assets are not its $2b endowment, its buildings, or its location, but rather its people. Here, some of the world's most inquisitive, interesting, and downright intelligent students come together in the pursuit of knowledge and with the intention of changing the world. Professors care deeply about students and are some of the most well-regarded in their fields, a rare combination that allows for students to do meaningful work and learn from people who love to teach, never a teacher's assistant. The admitted class of 2021 is made up of 56.7% domestic students of color, plus 11.4% international students, making Pomona's the most diverse campus in the country.
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    California Baptist University

    • Riverside, CA
    • 2,215 reviews
    Sophomore:I love it! I've been impressed with how much the professors genuinely care about the student's lives. Sure, there's always that one teacher or person, but for the most part, it's pretty unlikely.
    The events are great. The International Center celebrates holidays of all sorts from the Middle Eastern Holi festival to Hispanic Heritage month. Always a lot of great food and giveaways too.

    Food on campus is FANTASTIC. There's a Chik-Fil-A as well as our own version of Chipotle, sandwiches, Chinese take-out, burgers, a classy buffet, burritos, and a Subway and Bakers within short walking distance. There's also a grab-and-go shop campus for packaged lunches, snacks, gift baskets, medicine, toothbrushes, etc. as well as a CVS across the street for quick access to groceries and essential items. The campus is a good size, not too big, but not small. Having a bike or skateboard helps I feel very safe on campus, and there are always jobs available as well as plenty of leadership opportunities.
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    University of California - Merced

    • Merced, CA
    • 1,789 reviews
    College Sophomore:The professors here at the Univeristy of California, Merced are passionate and straight forward about their expectations of their students. Most if not all of my toreadors make it clear that they care about their students success by reminding us that they have office hours or stopping mid-lecture to ask if we are understanding the lecture. Last semester, my history professor, professor Malloy was spectacular! He was always enthusiastic during lecture and would reenact historical events by asking us to participate in debates. Then, my sociology professor, professor Guzam, was always passionate during his sociology lectures and often asked if we were okay and were understanding everything he was explaining during lecture.
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    Loma Linda University

    • Loma Linda, CA
    • 380 reviews
    College Sophomore:For the past 2 years of my college experience, I've attended a California State University school and several community colleges. My experiences in all of these schools have been great. Of course, I've learned so many subjects, but the experiences and skills that I've learned in these schools, have taught me a lot about life. I've learned how to manage my time better, how to prioritize what is important, and I've finally realized that procrastination is not the route I prefer- in school and life in general. The most valuable thing that I've experienced though, is finding myself maturing and becoming more independent. I understand now that college isn't just about receiving a diploma, it's also about being prepared for the real world and using what is learned in school to enhance the community and, quite possibly the world
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    San Diego Christian College

    • El Cajon, CA
    • 279 reviews
    College Freshman:As I am finishing up on my first semester, I have enjoyed immensely the discussions with class peers, the instructors, and graduation coaches. The professors are very helpful instructing and assignment details. I have no regrets for attending San Diego Christian. I picked the school primarily because I graduated from MCRD in 1978 and felt it would be neat to graduate again fro an institution based in San Diego, CA. I definitely have no regrets from choosing this college.
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    Azusa Pacific University

    • Azusa, CA
    • 2,437 reviews
    Freshman:I absolutely love APU. Professors are very welcoming and very helpful. My experience so far at this university has been amazing especially because it is a Christian environment and God’s Word is praised and respected within the campus. Everyone is very friendly on campus including students and faculty. I am enjoying my time at APU especially because even though I am a commuter I spend lots of time at school in the library and in different club meetings. In this school, there is also lots of options of clubs, courses to take, and even food options which is amazing. College life in general hasn’t been easy especially when it comes to tuition but all of the support from my professors had made me fall in love with my campus in such a way that I rather be at school and be productive then actually stay home and relax. I would encourage everyone who want to find Christ in their life to apply to APU because you will experience new things that you would blessed that you are a part of APU!
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    Westmont College

    • Santa Barbara, CA
    • 449 reviews
    Freshman:Westmont College does a fantastic job of combing academics, spiritual growth, and social activity. The Christ-centered learning promotes a kind and encouraging student body. While there is not great diversity at Westmont, the staff and student government does an excellent job of promoting diversity awareness and celebration of other cultures. I am extremely grateful that I chose to attend Westmont, and I would highly encourage other students to consider the college.
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    California State University - Fullerton

    • Fullerton, CA
    • 4,197 reviews
    Sophomore:It is a college situated in Orange County, CA. Near Disneyland. It is a very large campus with so much diversity and everyone is very friendly. My first year was awkward for me being away from home but there are so many clubs, organizations to get involved with that once involved you have so many things to keep you busy. I feel that I have grown so much in my two years tremendously and being more open to new things and campus and community involvement. Community involvement is what Fullerton thrives on for their student. Get involved! I've grown as a student and as an individual thanks to all the help that is here for the taken and the people who really want you to succeed.
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    Dominican University of California

    • San Rafael, CA
    • 769 reviews
    Freshman:My experience so far at Dominican has been fabulous. I am enrolled in Dominican's teaching program and it has made my dream of becoming a teacher a reality. My professors really do care about me as a person and about my academics. The classes at Dominican are very rich in content and really are worth your investment. The overall campus is beautiful. Wherever you are on campus you will see trees or bushes or flowers. Dominican's campus is composed of over 400 different plant species. Dominican's community is so welcoming, kind, and diverse. The diversity is so beautifully present here. As always, students will want to get off campus and San Rafael is a great location. Located in Marin County, there are many diverse places to eat, malls, movie theaters, book stores, and hiking locations. San Rafael is also just a 30 min drive to San Francisco and a 15 min drive to Berkley.
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    Junior:This semester was a very confusing change for all of us. It is definitely going to take more than one semester to readjust. The staff and administration had a good plan going on but, the details were all a fuzzy to us students. You couldn't just ask one faculty member to see if certain information was correct, you had to ask at least three others to make sure what you're doing was correct. In our eyes the professors seemed either rushed or that they had "finished the material too early/ had too much time". There were also a lot of questions on which students would follow the semester catalog, the quarter catalog, or if they can follow quarter catalog for their major, and semester for the general education (and vice versa). With all of this confusion, however, I felt that the professors did a great job in remaining enthusiastic throughout the entire semester while most students were ready to "clock out" by week 10. We still have some adjusting to do but it's steadily going up hill.
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    California Institute of the Arts

    • Valencia, CA
    • 239 reviews
    Sophomore:CalArts is a welcoming and empowering environment for aspiring artists. They make sure that the students have the tools that they need to create and collaborate with other artists. They have students coming from all over the world---a great way to connect with people coming from different backgrounds and culture. Furthermore, CalArts provides the students with the knowledge that they need to succeed in their chosen metier. However, they do lack in traditional academic classes so the option to have an academic minor is quite limited. Other than that, I think CalArts is a wonderful place for artists like me to grow and learn.
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