StateUniversity.com, the leading website for college information, has released its 2nd annual list of the safest colleges and universities in the U.S. The Safest Schools findings are based on incidents of campus crime as reported by campus safety officials.
As part of the Safest Schools ranking, StateUniversity.com analyzed crime statistics for 450 colleges and universities, and assigned a safety rating to each school. Safety ratings are determined based on the number of occurrences of aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft/larceny, motor vehicle theft, forcible rape, and murder on campus, and then are weighed based on the probability of each incident happening to each student since naturally larger campuses would be expected to have a higher number of total incidents. Violent crime is given more weight in the ranking system, and has a greater effect on the safety rating than non-violent crime such as theft.
The Safest Schools ranking lists are presented alongside all of the underlying crime statistics for quick reference and comparison. The campus safety ranking for New Jersey is available here: http://www.stateuniversity.com/rank_by_state/safety_score_rank/NJ.html