2017 Safest College Campuses in New York

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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    Molloy College

    • Rockville Centre, NY
    • 506 reviews
    College Freshman:Molloy College is such an awesome school because everyone is very welcoming and they all treat you like family. The entire student body is able to work together to create new ideas for various clubs and just all have a good time regardless if we know each other personally or not. We all work together as one and that is how most colleges should be, as oppose to everyone hanging out with their own little cliques like back in high school. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER!
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    Hilbert College

    • Hamburg, NY
    • 207 reviews
    Sophomore:The education here is great! The professor are great with office hours and one-on-one time to make everyone at Hilbert College successful. Great way to make friends, and great opportunities on and off campus for jobs, and community services.
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    New York Institute of Technology

    • Old Westbury, NY
    • 562 reviews
    Freshman:This private school has a lovely little campus with great professors who really try to help you when you have trouble. Small classes allow for individualized help and many classes have reasonable to easy difficulty. The food here is delicious, the SAC has excellent food!! Best pizza place and fresh chicken and pasta! It is fairly easy to get classes you want and administration is willing to work with you. I didn't dorm so I can't tell much about that, but as a commuter student I found it easy to make friends and didn't feel left out. The area around the school is fun and lively, many buses are around campus to take you places. On campus they have nice events like Tuesday bingo nights that give out flatscreen tv's, and fun events like 'stuff your own pokemon.' Excellent school for a good education and price!
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    United States Merchant Marine Academy

    • Kings Point, NY
    • 58 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:USMMA is unique and sometimes challenging because classes are taught at an accelerated pace. Each trimester students take up to 20 credits. Students spend 11 out of 12 months at school with few and short breaks. However, the rigorous academics and schedule students endure are small prices to pay for a valuable degree and multiple well-paying job opportunities in the maritime industry following graduation.
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    Fashion Institute of Technology

    • New York, NY
    • 1,391 reviews
    Freshman:I just completed my first week. I am unable to give a full review, but so far the professors are kind and excellent at teaching hands on. I hear the work load for fashion students is crazy so I imagine the semester will only get more difficult. The campus is great. Its clean and spacious, especially for being in Manhattan. The location is perfect, as it is right next to the garment district and right in the middle of Manhattan. Everything is nearby. The dorms are excellent as well. Kaufman is especially great as the rooms are larger than the rooms in other halls. Overall, my experience is great so far!
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    Graduate Student:John Jay has a campus full of interesting activities that are fun. There are tons of scholarships and their reputation stands out well to the media. All of the professors have hands on experience either through research or their profession off campus. Basically they can fill the majority of your needs as a student such as academic advice, peer mentoring, free yoga classes, brand new black box movie theater , community service opportunities , a food pantry, immigration services, apply for food stamps and free tax preparation, daily community hour in the lobby where they give free food on thursdays and services to the students. Not to mention the number of student clubs they have and weekly entertainment for the students. Graduate school has an immerse opportunity for research in the field and on campus.
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    Mercy College

    • Dobbs Ferry, NY
    • 1,076 reviews
    Alum:Amazing experience! Safe, clean and a our own train stop into NYC! Everything new, exciting athletic environment and top internship program!
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    Marymount Manhattan College

    • New York, NY
    • 693 reviews
    Junior:So far I have enjoyed my time at Marymount Manhattan College. While the department I am in is small, I love that I am able to get to know my professors and peers on a personal level. Office hours are not necessary because the classes are small enough for everyone to ask questions in class. Also, the fact that the school in located in Manhattan helps me get amazing internships. I want to be a journalist and NYC is definitely the place to be. The lack of journalism classes at my school is balanced with the great location that allows infinite possibilities to network.
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    Clarkson University

    • Potsdam, NY
    • 607 reviews
    Alum:I studied mechanical engineering at Clarkson University, where with the help my my peers and professors I excelled at learning the curriculum. I loved my time at Clarkson, but balancing a social life and school work was a challenge. Overall I really enjoyed my time there and I am contemplating going back for a masters!
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    The Juilliard School

    • New York, NY
    • 52 reviews
    College Sophomore:The common outsider sees Juilliard as a prestigious, uptight school with classical views. However, the insider sees the real Juilliard. The amazingly supportive community and family of artist that we are. We learn to collaborate and enjoy or time with in the the glass walls that allow us to draw inspiration from the city, our canvas awaiting our mark as artists. I have had an interesting time here at Juilliard and wouldn't change my decision for the world. The faculty is amazing, the work-study opportunities are phonemail. I not only have a genuine dance family, I family in the admissions office, in the costume shop, I've made amazing friends with the security guards and even the chefs and cashiers at the cafeteria. Its a home a way from home for me.
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    Touro College

    • New York, NY
    • 396 reviews
    Graduate Student:What I really liked is the professors willingness to help with all that was needed. One did not have to feel embarrassed when a problem comes up-just go speak about it with the staff. Additionally, the academics really prepared me for my future work as a clinician. One thing to work on is better sites for clinical experiences.
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    Colgate University

    • Hamilton, NY
    • 961 reviews
    Sophomore:Best college ever! I love everything about Colgate from the small class sizes to the food to the atmosphere to the people. Although, Colgate isn't every well known it shouldn't be looked over! Courses are challenging but very rewarding.
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    Daemen College

    • Amherst, NY
    • 408 reviews
    Sophomore:Daemen has incredible educational programs that prepare students very well for their future. However, this campus is not very large and does not have the best food, student life, or opportunities to get involved with clubs and activities. This is overall a good school, I would just like to see more opportunities created for students to engage in extracurricular activities.
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    Barnard College

    • New York, NY
    • 400 reviews
    Sophomore:AMAZING school! You get best of both worlds: small, women's liberal arts college with all the resources and facilities of a large, co-ed, Ivy-League university. Plus, you get to live in NYC. You get a campus feel since it is on the Upper West Side ( residential area).

    Barnard women get degrees from Columbia University, graduate at Columbia University graduation, take classes at CU and join CU clubs/sororities/sports/ societies. Barnard women can also eat at Columbia dining halls, study in all 22 CU libraries, and use the same academic buildings. Columbia students take classes at Barnard and use Barnard libraries/cafeterias/buildings. It's a great campus environment.

    BTW, acceptance rate is 14.8% now (on Niche it still has a very old acceptance rate). Gets more competitive with each year as more people learn about it.
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    Adelphi University

    • Garden City, NY
    • 1,107 reviews
    Junior:I am a transfer student at Adelphi University. I originally attended University at Buffalo but decided that I wanted to be closer to home. I really love how the courses are very hands on. The classes are smaller, so participation is easier. The professors at Adelphi are so kind and helpful. Dr. Thornberg and Professor Lavery made me enjoy my major a lot more than I expected by being enthusiastic about teaching and showing interest in their students. The campus is also gorgeous, especially because of the cute bunnies that hop around the landscape. The recreation center is stunning. The building itself is aesthetically pleasing and the equipment in the gym is state of the art. That gym has become my new favorite place on campus. It's the perfect place to blow off some steam and get fit. Overall transferring to Adelphi University has proven to be a good decision.
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    St. Lawrence University

    • Canton, NY
    • 708 reviews
    Freshman:SLU is an awesome place to go to school! I am only a freshman here, but I have enjoyed by first year so much! Everyone is extremely nice, and it is easy to find a friend group! The campus community is very close, I will say that must be partly due to the fact that off of the campus there isn't much to do! St. Lawrence has great relationships with their alumni, and offers amazing help in career services! Overall, I love it here!
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    SUNY College at Old Westbury

    • Old Westbury, NY
    • 416 reviews
    Senior:There are a lot of great professors who have insightful comments and tips for your career path. I found my way to Social Work because of the talented professors and their motivation.

    The campus is beautiful and local which is a plus!
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    Cooper Union

    • New York, NY
    • 75 reviews
    College Junior:The Cooper Union is unique in that it is comprised of a small student body relative to other schools, so there is a close knit relationship among the students and faculty. Cooper used to offer all students free tuition, but has recently changed due to an unfortunate financial climate. However, the experiences with students and professors is still invaluable and the reputation gained after graduating from this school is invaluable.
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    Cazenovia College

    • Cazenovia, NY
    • 308 reviews
    College Freshman:Cazenovia College offers students with so many opportunities. Professors are extremely invested in their students and are a huge part of their success. It is an extremely small campus with a small, friendly atmosphere which makes it easy to have many connections and relationships across campus with both teachers and other students which are ultimately key to one's success here. It is a liberal arts school, so students are very open and free to express themselves in whatever way they wish to, and overall people are very accepting of each other. Cazenovia college encourages and embraces individuality and for to find themselves and express it freely.
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    Nazareth College

    • Rochester, NY
    • 699 reviews
    Freshman:Nazareth has become a home away from home for me! I had a difficult academic semester but fared well ending with a 3.7; the hard work and class atttendance paid off. I enjoy the commnuity feeling of the campus and the surrounding areas of Rochester are welcoming to the students. I also have found that I enjoy the fact that the school offers variety and diversity. I beleive that the school is dedicated to their students' "wholeness, health, and overall well being". It is not ALL about your academic success but your overall growth along with personal maturity and life preparation. The advisors are truly dedicated to insuring you are on the right path and advise instead of tell.
    I am thoroughly enjoying my studies, campus life, community programs and clubs, as well as the on campus activities.
    I am grateful to be part of the Nazareth family.
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    The College of New Rochelle

    • New Rochelle, NY
    • 346 reviews
    College Sophomore:I attend the Adult Learning program(aka School of New Resources or SNR) at The College of New Rochelle's Rosa Parks campus in Harlem,NY. So far, my experience has been great! What I like most about New Rochelle is that the class schedules are flexible and the workload is bearable. The teachers are very dedicated when it comes to helping students understand the curriculum. They are also very lenient and flexible with students, understanding that the majority of students attending have jobs, children and other priorities,which I am truly grateful for. I am now a sophomore, and so far I am off to a great start, and very excited for this upcoming semester!
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    Iona College

    • New Rochelle, NY
    • 589 reviews
    College Sophomore:I personally LOVE Iona. It wasn't my first choice, until I came for the tour and now I am the happiest I've ever been.

    I say this because I had went to both public and private school before and felt that the private school had a more community feel- where you always have someone who's got your back. On the tour, I could tell the students walking to class would be yelling "hi" across campus and people proudly wore their club/team T-Shirts. With that, there's a train station in walking distance so I can go to the city anytime I want for $7 (and it's only a 15-20 minute ride).

    The nightlife is perfect because there's bars to go to or sorority/fraternity/sports houses to go to every few weekends. It's the type of school where you don't NEED to go out, but there's the opportunity if you wanted to!

    The workload is not hard, either. You'll get essays every few weeks (sometimes every few months HA) and the professors have office hours and will literally give you a good great just for visiting/showing you care.

    Basketball and rugby games are a blast to go to, and the campus is BEAUTIFUL- brick buildings surrounded by trees that bloom pink flowers in the spring and have the New England fall colors in autumn.

    If you get involved- IT'S SO EASY TO MAKE FRIENDS. The people who don't enjoy Iona NEVER GOT INVOLVED! If you want to make friends- join a club or team you like or do the mission trips (Student Government, Biology Club, walk-on rowing team, Baking Club...trips to Peru, Africa, New Mexico...).

    Small schools will always become more of a home than big schools, and the location and atmosphere of Iona makes it the perfect college experience.
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    Pace University

    • New York, NY
    • 1,859 reviews
    Sophomore:Very convenient to access to the professionals who work in finance/accounting industries. Many workshops, clubs, platforms, and resources! Campus food is delicious because i am not picky on food. Dorm is awful: it is extremely expensive, so you would be better live off campus in the area around pace university; the laundry room is gross and messy; your guests have to have a national ID card to stay over; you have so many mandatory, meaningless floor meetings!
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    Manhattanville College

    • Purchase, NY
    • 792 reviews
    Freshman:During my semester alone I can say so many great things about the school of my choice. Orientation day was my first time being on campus and seeing the other students/freshmen like me that will be attending the college. It was a new experience for me that I couldn't wait for!

    Connected through classes and enjoying the experience of living on campus we found many things to conversant. Many of us (the students) found ourselves looking for many new things to do off-campus then on-campus because need as the school is very beautiful and lots of community service events go on. We much rather explore the city with the free transportation provided to us by the school.
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    Roberts Wesleyan College

    • Rochester, NY
    • 406 reviews
    Senior:The higher education experience I received at Roberts was excellent. Through my major, Roberts equipped me with unique hands on experience that has made me competitive in the workforce. The classroom sizes are small, the buildings have all been recently renovated, athletics are evolving, it is completely safe, programs are innovative, it is located 15 minutes from downtown Rochester NY and the relationships are strong. President Deanna Porterfield is a true visionary holding to the roots of Roberts 150 year history. I am proud to be a member of the Roberts Wesleyan community.
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