With anti-Semitism on the rise, safety is on the top of many Jewish parents’ and prospective college students’ minds. While we factored anti-Semitism into last year’s score, this year, we’ve separated it out into an entirely new category: safety. While the bulk of the score is based on the number of anti-Semitic incidents in 2017, the score also takes into account the campus crime rate, the prevalence of crimes covered by the Violence Against Women Act, such as domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, the city crime rate, the crimes committed per capita, and whether or not the university has an LGBTQ center on campus.
We had three schools that scored perfectly in the safety category, and every school on this list scored at least 10 out of 11 safety points.
Runner-Up Safest Schools
Laura E. Adkins is the Forward’s Deputy Opinion Editor and runs Scribe, the Forward’s Contributor Network. She holds a B.A. in Economics from NYU and grew up in Southwest Missouri. She writes about data, orthodoxy, kosher wine and builds interactive maps — though usually not all at the same time. Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org, like her page on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.