September 11, 2017

SIU Carbondale is among ‘Safest Colleges in America’

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale has earned a spot on the “Top 100 Safest Colleges in America 2017” rankings released recently by the National Council for Home Safety and Security.

SIU claimed the No. 86 ranking on the list compiled by the national trade association that includes licensed alarm installers, contractors and other related trade groups from across the United States. The organization evaluated nearly 2,200 four-year public and private colleges and universities using the most recent data available from the FBI’S Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics in order to create the rankings.

The statistics were weighted so that crimes such as murder/manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, rape, motor vehicle theft, arson as well as crimes involving violence against women, including domestic violence and stalking, counted more than arrests for drug and liquor law violations and illegal weapons possessions. Both campus and local crimes were taken into account.

The rankings are featured on, the council’s official website.